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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.


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.


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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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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