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Taube Center Intern 2019

The Taube Center is pleased to welcome our new summer intern, Katarzyna Stachura, who joins Kaja Kaniewska who started her internship in May.

Katarzyna Stachura is currently finishing her bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. For several years, she researched the history of the Jewish community of her hometown of Niepołomice. In 2017, she participated in a project with Polish-Israeli teachers focusing on learning about the Holocaust and the healing process. For the past two years, Kasia has worked for the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow with international groups of interns, local survivors, and educators.

Kaja Kaniewska, born in Włocławek joined the Taube Center as an intern in May. She is a student at the University of Warsaw in the department of philosophy. Kaja is an interpreter and a social activist. She's been volunteering at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews for more than five years and coordinating Warsaw's Equality Parade for almost four.

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Libitzky Internship Program is Launched

We are pleased to welcome our first Libitzky intern, Yona Benjamin. The internship is supported by a generous grant from the Libitizky Family Foundation and will support eight-month-long internships for American undergraduate or graduate students. For more information, please contact Helise Lieberman, Taube Center Director.

Yona Benjamin is a fourth-year B. A student at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary where he studies Philosophy and Talmud. He has studied at Yeshivot Maale Gilboa and Hadar. He was drawn to work in Poland due to his passion for the history and the revival of diasporic Jewish communities in Central Europe. His interest was given new life after touring Poland on a Taube Jewish Heritage Tour organized in partnership with the Columbia/Barnard Hillel. He is particularly interested in how museum spaces can lend new perspectives to immersive experiential education.

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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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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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