Personnel


Helise Lieberman,
Executive Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life Foundation in Poland. A former Hillel director, she was the founding principal of the Lauder-Morasha Day School in Warsaw and has served as a consultant to the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, the Westbury Group, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and to the JDC – Baltics. In 2007-2008, Ms. Lieberman received a scholarship to participate in the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at Hebrew University. Ms. Lieberman was awarded the Bene Merito medal by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015.  A dual citizen, Ms. Lieberman has lived in Warsaw since 1994.

 

Aleksandra Makuch Associate Director, holds a BA in linguistics from Jagiellonian University, Kraków and an MA in International Relations from the Tischner European University in Kraków. Between 2007-2013, she worked for the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków and coordinated a team of volunteers. From 2014-2015 Ms. Makuch interned at Taube Philanthropies in California. In the summer of 2015, she joined the staff of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation.

 

 

Jakub Łysiak, General Tour Manager, joined the Taube Jewish Heritage Tour staff in December 2015. He is an experienced tour guide and researcher, having established and managed his own firm, Polin Consulting, since 2007 (now incorporated into TJHT). Jakub studied at University of Warsaw in the Department of Jewish Studies, and at Tel Aviv University as a participant in the first session of the Polish-Israel Youth Exchange (PIYE), organized by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Jakub served as PIYE’s Assistant Coordinator in 2007.  He has worked at the Embassy of Israel in Poland and interned at the Embassy of Poland in Israel, and has worked with a number of Israeli governmental delegations, companies, individual clients, and families from around the world. Jakub was the first laureate in the Polish national contest for the History and Culture of Polish Jews, organized by the Shalom Foundation in 2000.

 

Paweł Łukaszewicz, Program Coordinator, joined the Taube Center staff in June 2014. Among various other duties at the Taube Center, he is the coordinator for Taube Jewish Heritage Tours. Paweł studied at Law & Administration and Spatial Planning faculties of the University of Warsaw. His main interests are concentrated on his hometown Warsaw, and its past, present and future. Since 2007 he has been an active member of the NGO Forum Rozwoju Warszawy (Warsaw’s Development Forum), which gathers people interested in keeping the city’s history alive, sustaining its traditions, and fostering Warsaw’s current and future sustainable development. In addition to topics related to Warsaw and urban planning, Paweł is interested in Lviv (former Polish city of Lwów) and region of Eastern Galicia.

 

Hanna Olszewska Cohen, Assistant Tour Coordinator, was born and raised in Warsaw. She graduated from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities specializing in psychology of consumer behavior. For 7 years Hanna worked in advertising agencies as a copywriter. She is also a graduate from a Jewish leadership program of The Jewish Agency for Israel "Minyanim", then she became a coordinator helping participants to strengthen Jewish identity and gain skills needed for building a community. Hanna is involved in Jewish life in Warsaw.

 

 

Aleksandra (Ola) Sajdak, Taube Center Program AssistantAleksandra (Ola) Sajdak, Taube Center Senior Program Assistant, was born in Warsaw. Ola interned at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Jewish Historical Institute. She served as a Taube Center intern in 2011 and joined the staff in 2012. Ola contributed to the Taube Center publications 1,000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland: A Timeline and The Field Guide to Jewish Warsaw and Krakow. Ola received her BA and MA from the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, in Warsaw. Intrigued with all aspects of Jewish history and heritage in Poland, Ola is currently working on her doctoral thesis on tzedakah (charity) and Jewish philanthropy in pre-war Warsaw at the University of Warsaw. Additionally, Ola is a staff member of the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center. Ola is an alumna of the Taube Center’s Mi Dor Le Dor program and recently graduated from Minyanim, a Jewish leadership program for Jews in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

Anna Szcześniak, Assistant General Tour Manager, joined the Taube Jewish Heritage Tour staff in April 2017. Anna holds a MA in Hebrew Studies and a BA in Iberian Studies from the University of Warsaw. She also studied in Paris and Berlin. In the past, she was a Program Assistant at Taube Center and afterwards worked for international corporations. She is involved with the Polish organization Autentyzm, which is dedicated to creating cultural projects for adults with autism spectrum disorder.

 

 

Natalia Czarkowska, Program Associate, was born and raised in Warsaw. Natalia graduated from University of Warsaw with a MA in Political Science. She previously worked as a visitor and fundraising specialist in the Development Department of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland. Natalia is an alumna of Minyanim, a Jewish Leadership Program for Jews in Central and Eastern Europe, a participant on the Taube Center’s Mi Dor Le Dor program. Natalia is passionate about history, art and film.