JGS Oregon Program Meeting: 15 December 2013 #ukraine


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon announces
a special December Program and speakers.

Subject: Revival of Contemporary Jewish Life in Poland:
A Historical and Personal Perspective
Speakers: Karina Sokolowska, Country Manager of the
Jewish Joint Distribution Committee-Poland (JDC)
with an Introduction by
Michael Novick, Executive Director-Strategic Development
American JDC (www.jdc.org)

When: Sunday, December 15, 2013 *5:00 PM (Doors open at 4:30.)
Where: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR
Cost: The program is free to JGS Oregon members.
We request a $5 contribution >from non-members.


Karina has seen her country of Poland undergo monumental transitions:
from suppressive rule that stifled all possibility for religious and
cultural freedom, to a system that has provided a space for Jews to
express themselves. She recalls that prior to JDC's involvement, the
only real expression of Judaism in Poland was a box of matzot
distributed to the Jewish community during Passover. Learn about Jewish
life in Poland >from first-hand experiences. You will also hear about
JDC’s involvement related to communal property restitution in Poland,
and support of FODZ, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish
Heritage in Poland, and its multiyear claims process.


Since 1994, Poland's JDC Country Manager, Karina Sokolowska, has been
providing thousands of children and youth the precious opportunity to
strengthen and, in many cases, entirely rediscover their Jewish
identity. Karina's journey into Jewish identity began when she was a
freshman studying Japanese at the University of Warsaw. A fellow student
recognized Karina's German mispronunciations as Yiddish and asked her to
lead the Polish Union of Jewish Students. That launched her into a
long-lasting career as a Jewish communal worker. Karina's work as the
Poland Country Manager involves Jewish renewal work across nine Jewish
communities in Poland, including organizing conferences for Limmud
participants to learn about Jewish identity and helping families learn
about Jewish traditions. Karina is fluent in four languages: English,
German, Japanese, and Russian.

Please remember that there will be time at the meeting to ask about your
own research. We’ve had several of you write to us with questions.
Please bring them to this meeting.
Doors will open at 4:30.

For more information about the program, please write to jgsoregon@gmail.com
or call Barbara Hershey at 503-249-1976.

If you live in the Greater Portland area and have not yet responded to
the JGSO survey, please give us about 5 minutes and fill out the survey
at this link: http://goo.gl/Hsi0qr

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