Mi Dor Le Dor, the first program of its kind in Poland, promotes Polish Jewish literacy and strengthens identities, instilling cultural pride and preparing participants to assist in the year-round Taube Jewish Heritage Tour program and to take on leadership roles in Jewish communal, educational and cultural institutions. Mi Dor Le Dor graduates serve as guides, facilitators and educators in the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland’s partner organizations, as well as mentors to the new cohorts.
Since the second cohort of Mi Dor Le Dor (Hebrew: “From Generation to Generation”), an innovative educational and leadership program created by the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland, began the 10-month intensive program in October, the fellows have been engaged in ongoing dialogue and debate about the transmission of a dynamic, living Polish Jewish heritage.
Guest presenters have shared their professional perspectives, as well as personal stories, offering the fellows unique multi-generational and multi-disciplined insights into Polish Jewish history. The fellows were honored to celebrate the fourth night of Chanuka as the special guests of Mr. David Mitzner. After lighting the candles, Mr. Mitzner, born in Warsaw in 1915, shared his extraordinary personal story of growing up in Jewish Warsaw between the wars, his harrowing survival of the Holocaust, and his post-war life as a philanthropist and successful real estate developer in Houston and Warsaw.
In addition to Mr. Mitzner, the program’s guest speakers thus far have included: Konstanty Gebert, Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland’s Scholar-in-Residence, Miri Benchetrit, Director of the Westbury Group, Dr. Marcin Wodzinski, Director of the Jewish Studies Department of Wroclaw University, Dr. Eleonora Bergman, specialist in the preservation of Polish Jewish heritage and the Emanuel Ringelblum archives, Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Director of the Core Exhibition of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, Ms. Shana Penn, Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, Dr. Paweł Śpiewak, director of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, Dr. Jan Grabowski, professor of history at the University of Ottawa and Eli Rubenstein, National Director of March of the Living Canada.
This year’s fellows bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to the program, representing several of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland’s partner organizations, among them: the Jewish Community of Warsaw, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, the Kraków Jewish Community Center and the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.
Mi Dor Le Dor is supported by grants from the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and the Koret Foundation.
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