Consultants


Shana Penn; executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and director of its Jewish Heritage Initiative in PolandShana Penn is the executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and director of its Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland, as well as a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Jewish Studies in Berkeley. Her book, Solidarity's Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, May 2005) was awarded Best Book in Slavic and East European Women’s Studies by the American Association of Women in Slavic Studies. It is the first book to reconstruct women's leadership role in rescuing the Solidarity movement during the 1980s martial law era and in building a free press in Poland. The Polish version, Podziemie Kobiet (“The Women’s Underground”), was published in 2003. Shana is currently at work on a new book exploring the revitalization of Jewish culture in Poland. Her essays and articles have appeared in Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women, Journal of Women's History, Johns Hopkins SAIS Review, The Forward, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Shana Dr. Natalia Aleksiun is Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York. ; executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and director of its Jewish Heritage Initiative in PolandDr. Natalia Aleksiun is Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York. She studied Polish and Jewish history at the Warsaw University, the Graduate School of Social Studies in Warsaw and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She received her doctorate from Warsaw University in 2001 and her second PhD from New York University based on her dissertation entitled: “Ammunition in the Struggle for National Rights: Jewish Historians in Poland between the Two World Wars.” Dr. Aleksiun, with many publications to her credit, has taught at Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Collegium Civitas in Warsaw.

 

Jeremy Leigh teaches Jewish History and Israeli Studies at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.Jeremy Leigh teaches Jewish History and Israeli Studies at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. He has been working in the field of Jewish education and travel for the past eighteen years, guiding groups and writing books for other guides. He is the author of the seminal book on Jewish heritage narratives, Jewish Journey (2006) and numerous other articles.