Consultants

Shana Penn; executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and director of its Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland

Shana Penn is the executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and director of its Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland, as well as a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Jewish Studies in Berkeley. Her book, Solidarity's Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, May 2005) was awarded Best Book in Slavic and East European Women’s Studies by the American Association of Women in Slavic Studies. It is the first book to reconstruct women's leadership role in rescuing the Solidarity movement during the 1980s martial law era and in building a free press in Poland. The Polish version, Podziemie Kobiet (“The Women’s Underground”), was published in 2003. Shana is currently at work on a new book exploring the revitalization of Jewish culture in Poland. Her essays and articles have appeared in Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women, Journal of Women's History, Johns Hopkins SAIS Review, The Forward, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Shana Dr. Natalia Aleksiun is Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York. ; executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and director of its Jewish Heritage Initiative in PolandDr. Natalia Aleksiun

is associate professor of modern Jewish history in the Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College in New York. She studied East European and Jewish history in Poland, where she received her first doctoral degree at Warsaw University, as well as Oxford, Jerusalem and New York, where she received her second doctoral degree at NYU. Among several prestigious fellowships, she was a fellow at Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and Senior Fellow at Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Vienna, a Yad Hanadiv Postdoctoral Fellow in Israel and Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow, The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM, Washington D.C., and the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. Together with Dr. Elissa Bemporad she is co-chairing a Scholars’ Working Group on Women and Gender in Jewish History at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

She published a monograph titled Where to? The Zionist Movement in Poland, 1944-1950 (in Polish), and numerous articles in Yad Vashem StudiesPolish Review, DapimEast European Jewish AffairsStudies in Contemporary JewryPolinGal EdEast European Societies and Politics, Nashim and German History. She coedited the twentieth volume of Polin, devoted to the memory of the Holocaust. Together with Brian Horowitz she is co-editing a volume 29 of Polin titled Writing Jewish History. Her book Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust will be published with Littman in 2017. She is currently working on a new book about the so-called cadaver affair at European Universities in the 1920s and 1930s and on a project dealing with daily lives of Jews in hiding in Galicia during the Holocaust.

 

Dr. Karen Underhill is assistant professor of Polish literature and Polish-Jewish studies in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research at the intersection of Polish and Jewish cultures and literatures focuses on Polish and Yiddish modernisms; Bruno Schulz and Galician Jewish culture in the interwar period; and changing narratives of Poland as a multilingual and pluralistic space of encounter.  Dr. Underhill received her PhD in Polish and Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, was 2013-2013 Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellow at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research; is co-founder of Massolit Books & Cafe in Kraków, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago YIVO Society. She has published articles in POLIN Journal, East European Politics and Societies (EEPS), Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ), Czas Kultury, and Jewish Renaissance, and is currently at work on a manuscripted titled Writing in the Third Language: Bruno Schulz and Jewish Modernity.

 

 

Jeremy Leigh teaches Jewish History and Israeli Studies at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.

Jeremy Leigh teaches Jewish History and Israeli Studies at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. He has been working in the field of Jewish education and travel for the past eighteen years, guiding groups and writing books for other guides. He is the author of the seminal book on Jewish heritage narratives, Jewish Journey (2006) and numerous other articles.