Helise Lieberman, Director. Ms. Lieberman is the director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland. A former Hillel director, she was the founding principal of the Lauder-Morasha Day School in Warsaw and has served as consultant to the Rothschild Foundation Europe, the Westbury Group, and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She is currently an educational consultant for 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. As a Jewish Peoplehood educator, she is a member of the International Task Force on Jewish Peoplehood Education and is helping shape the new Koret-Taube Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood based in San Francisco. Ms. Lieberman, born in the U.S., has lived in Warsaw since 1994 with her husband, Yale Reisner, and their daughter, Nitzan.
Magdalena Matuszewska, Program Manager. Ms. Matuszewska, a licensed tour director and doctoral candidate in Hebrew Studies at University of Warsaw, is the program manager for the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland. Born in Warsaw, Ms. Matuszewska is fluent in English and Hebrew and has studied German and Yiddish. Her academic life encompasses the worlds of both scholar and educator. From teaching Hebrew at the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin and University of Warsaw to translating texts, Ms. Matuszewska has followed her interests in the pre-war heritage of Polish cities and towns, Hebrew poetry and Christian-Jewish dialogue. She is an author of several scholarly publications, a researcher at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has delivered papers on the shtetl phenomenon and Oriental languages in translation.
Jessica Rosenberg, Taube Center's Program Manager based in Krakaw. She has lived in Poland since January 2015, serving as the JDC Entwine Fellow at Krakow's Jewish Community Center. As JCC Krakow's Director of External Relations, Jessica managed development and communications campaigns, as well as the annual event "Ride For The Living."
Jessica was born in New York and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Kenyon College in 2008. She previously worked in New York at Sterling and Harlequin publishing houses, as well as at Hadassah and the Educational Alliance as a communications professional. Jessica is an avid reader, practices yoga regularly and loves to travel.
Dr. Karen Underhill, Jewish Educational and Taube Jewish Heritage Tour Consultant. Dr. Underhill is Visiting Lecturer in Polish and Polish-Jewish literature in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellow at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York. Dr. Underhill completed her dissertation, "Bruno Schulz and Jewish Modernity," and received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in June 2011. Founder of Massolit Books & Cafe in Kraków, Dr. Underhill lectures extensively in Poland during the summer on the dynamics of Jewish memory and the cultural revival in Poland and on contemporary Polish-Jewish relations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago YIVO Society. Her publications include "Next Year in Drohobych: On the Uses of Jewish Absence" (EEPS 2011); "Writing in the Third Language: Between Sacred and Profane in Gershom Scholem and Jacques Derrida," in The Effect of Palimpsest, edited by Bozena Shallcross and Ryszard Nycz (2010); "Ecstasy and Heresy: Martin Buber, Bruno Schulz and Jewish Modernity," in (Un)masking Bruno Schulz (2009); and "Aux Grands Hommes de la Parole: The Verbal Messiah in Mickiewicz's Paris Lectures" (SEEJ 2002).
Aleksandra (Ola) Sajdak, Taube Center Program Assistant was born in Warsaw. Ola interned at the 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, bringing her research and computer skills to the team. Ola contributed to the second edition of 1,000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland: A Timeline and the Field Guide to Jewish Warsaw and Krakow. Ola received her B.A .and M.A. from the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University. Intrigued with all aspects of Jewish history and heritage in Poland, Ola is currently working on her doctoral thesis on tzedaka (charity) and Jewish philanthropy in Poland and also is a member of the staff of the Jewish Genealogy & Family Heritage Center.
Aleksandra (Ola) Engler-Malinowska joined the Taube Center staff in mid-November 2013. Ola is participant in the first Polin Academy, a training program for guides and educators in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and guided a delegation of Nobel Peace Prize laureates during their October visit in Warsaw. Ola will coordinate the Taube Jewish Heritage Tours program and assist the Taube Center staff in its educational programs. She is a graduate of Warsaw State Theater Academy and the University of Warsaw’s Department of Management, and a recipient of a French government scholarship. Ola has worked in various Polish public institutions, including the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish Film Institute, as a project manager and public relations specialist. She served as a spokesperson of the Lazienki Krolewskie Museum in Warsaw from 2009-2011. She is a member of "Muranow Station" an NGO association and is fluent in English and French.
Paweł Łukaszewicz, joined the Taube Center staff in June 2014. He’s participating, among other duties, in coordinating the Taube Jewish Heritage Tours program. Paweł studied at Law & Administration and Spatial Planning faculties of the University of Warsaw. His main interests are concentrated on his hometown Warsaw, its past, present and future. Since 2007 he’s an active member of a NGO association called “Forum Rozwoju Warszawy” (Warsaw’s Development Forum), which gathers people interested in keeping city’s history alive, propagating its traditions and fostering Warsaw’s current and future sustainable development as well. Beside topics related to Warsaw and urban planning, Paweł is interested also in Lviv (former Polish city of Lwów) and Eastern Galicia.
Marta Eichelberger-Jankowska, a graduate of Mi Dor Le Dor II, has joined the staff as the coordinator of the Taube Center's Mi Dor Le Dor IV program. Born in Warsaw, Marta made aliya in 1996 and lived in Israel for five years. She studied Hebrew at an ulpan in Ashkelon and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She graduated from University College in London's Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department in 2009. Her thesis topic was on the feminine aspects of the Divine. Marta has worked as an English teacher, Jewish educator, Jewish heritage guide and as a translator. Marta is currently working as a guide and educator in the Department of Education and Cultural Projects of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, and at the Warsaw JCC.
Aleksandra Makuch holds a B.A. in linguistics from Jagiellonian University, Krakow and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the Tischner European University. Between 2007-2013, she worked for the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow and coordinated a team of volunteers. From 2014-2015 Ms. Makuch was interning at Taube Philanthropies in California. In the summer of 2015, she joined Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation staff.
Natalia Czarkowska born and raised in Warsaw, Natalia graduated from Warsaw University with an M.A. in Political Science., and 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 - Jewish Leadership Program for Jews in Central and Eastern Europe, and a founding member of Maccabi Warsaw. She also served as a Taglit-Birthright madricha for the Polish group in summer 2015. Natalia, a participant on Mi Dor Le Dor V, is passionate about history, art, and film.