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Proud Philanthropist and Builder of Jewish Life in Poland

Tad Taube featured as part of a series of profiles in J. The Jewish News of Northern California of Jewish men and women who build and sustain our Jewish community.

Taube recounts the experience as he sits in his Belmont office — a room crammed with photos of family, and of himself with foreign dignitaries and political figures from the president on down. There are medals and proclamations bearing his name and loads of sports memorabilia, from footballs to basketballs to bobbleheads. A tennis buff who still plays doubles "twice a week, rain or shine" at Stanford University's Taube Family Tennis Center...

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Zuzanna Radzik and Ethnographer Adam Bartosz named as 2019 Irena Sendler memorial award recipients

Taube Philanthropies has named a Catholic intellectual and an ethnographer as the recipients of the 2019 Irena Sendler Memorial Awards: Zuzanna Radzik is a public intellectual and activist being honored for her research, writing, teaching, and advocacy on issues such as Catholic-Jewish relations and Catholicism and feminism. Adam Bartosz is an ethnographer and museologist who founded, 30 years ago, the Committee for Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Tarnów. From 1980-2012, he was the director of the District Museum in Tarnów and organized, in 1982, the first postwar war exhibition dedicated to Jews outside of the Jewish Historical Institute. In 2011 he received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for actions to protect, preserve, and develop the cultural identity of national and ethnic minorities, particularly Jews and Roma.

The Irena Sendler Memorial Award, named for the Polish social worker who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation, was presented to Ms. Radzik and Mr. Bartosz at a ceremony in Kraków on June 26, 2019 in the Tempel Synagogue, just prior to a concert of the 29th annual Jewish Culture Festival.

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Embark on an unforgettable culinary and historical journey through Jewish Poland and Lithuania

History, Heritage & Herring explores Jewish Eastern Europe through a distinctive culinary lens, taking participants to some of the most culturally rich and dynamic places in all of Jewish history. We will visit sites of major landmarks and Jewish heritage, as well as markets, restaurants, farms, forests, and breweries, where we will sample, learn about, and make some of the foods and drinks that added color and flavor to Jewish life in pre-war Europe.
Discover what contemporary Polish and Lithuanian cuisines owe to the legacy of Jewish cooks, bakers, and spice traders. Explore the regional terroir through cooking workshops with local experts and our three extraordinary trip leaders.

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1.09.1939

On 1st September, 1939, German troops crossed the Polish border. In „Nasz Przegląd” [Our Review], the leading journal of the Jewish minority in Poland, the following statement was released:

The Zionist Organization and the Jewish people take the Polish side, ready to fight for their dignity and independence. This statement should be an example for the world Jewry. The position of the Jews all over the world is on the Polish side.

The second day of the war brought new proclamations of the leaders of Związek Rabinów Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej [The Union of the Rabbis of Rzeczpospolita]:

Blessed be the name of the Eternal.

Brothers in Israel, Citizens of Serene Rzeczpospolita!

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The Future of Judaism

Eight Lessons from our Polish Brothers & Sisters

By: Courtney Cardin, Bradley Caro Cook, Magda Dorosz, Eyal Halamish, Yona Abeddour, Sam Heller, Sandra Jerusalmi, Michal Kabatznik, Meggan Levene, Shimon G. Levy, Nicolas Nemni, and Vital Zinger
In July 2019, a delegation of Schusterman ROI community members embarked upon a Journey through Poland. This is what we want the world to know.

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The Oneg Szabat Program

In Autumn 1940, a group of several dozen people living in the Warsaw Ghetto began to collect and edit an extensive account of the fate of Polish Jews under German occupation.

At that time they weren't yet aware that increasing persecution will develop into mass extermination of their nation, and that the work which they decided to pursue will become the most important testimony of the Holocaust. They held their meetings on Saturdays, hence the name Oneg Shabbat – "the joy of Sabbath" in Hebrew.

The Jewish Historical Institute and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland in 2017 launched the ONEG SZABAT PROGRAM in order to continue dr. Ringelblum and his associates' calling – to save the memory of people who perished in the Holocaust.

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