JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from September through June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. Our new meeting location, starting September 2013, is at the LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 (in Factoria, just off I-90 and I-405). Occasional meetings will be held at the JCC on Mercer Island. Admission is free.
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION AND CHANGE OF DATE
NEXT MEETING: Monday, December 16, 2013
at the LDS Factoria Building
Presentation starts promptly at 7:30 PM.
Doors open at 6:00 PM. Come early to use the Family History Library and our JGSWS library as well!
"Revival of Contemporary Jewish Life in Poland: A Historical and Personal Perspective,"
presented by Karina Sokolowska, with an introduction by Michael Novick
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
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 matzah 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.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
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.
Michael Novick is the Executive Director of Strategic Development of the American JDC, www.jdc.org.
For more information, please e-mail email@example.com.
Download handouts from past meetings.
January 13, 2014: TBD
February 10, 2014: Darcy L. Brixey from the Bellevue Library will talk about the New Library Online System & Resources
March 10, 2014: Gary Zimmerman from the Fiske Library
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS
See the Events page.