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Exploring Polish/Jewish History and Relations

Hosted By: Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Polish/Jewish history spans over a thousand years of complex relations, mutual codependence, and growth, as well as prejudice, antisemitism, discrimination, and stereotyping. At the same time, the last 20 years have been a period of growing awareness and discussion about Jewish history in Poland and of commemorating it. Come and learn from Olga Kaczmarek, Director General at Forum for Dialogue, how Polish/Jewish history informs how we teach, remember, and keep alive the Jewish history and heritage in Poland.

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Olga Kaczmarek

Olga Kaczmarek holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw, where she taught anthropology of communication. She was also a Fulbright fellow at Penn State University. She published a book on Emmanuel Levinas and postmodern anthropology, and more recent research focused on the memory of wartime Polish/Jewish relations. She started working with Forum for Dialogue in 2012 as a School of Dialogue educator. Later on, she served as a project coordinator and director of international relations. Currently, she is responsible for the entirety of Forum’s operations and represents the foundation in Poland and abroad.
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Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Congregation Rodeph Sholom is a Reform congregation based in New York City.
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