Monday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
For centuries, Poland was home to the world’s largest Jewish population—totaling 3 million in 1939, before the Holocaust all but extinguished their world. Today the culture has made a small comeback. On the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto stands the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a project supported by the Polish government in a strong statement of tolerance. Speakers Dr. Agi Legutko, Lecturer in Yiddish & Director of the Yiddish Language Program, Columbia University; Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Krakow; and Agatha Rakowiecka, Executive Director of the JCC Warsaw will talk about 21st-century Jewish life in Poland. The program will be followed by a kosher wine and Polish food reception, live Klezmer music, and a viewing of the exhibition Letters to Afar, which ends its run that evening. Presented in partnership with the JDC – the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Free for Museum members, $12 seniors/students, $16 general public.