Warsaw — A middle-aged, non-Jewish Polish man, driving a Jewish visitor from the States on a shopping errand one recent morning turned abruptly to his guest and asked, “What do you think of the Polish people?”
Twenty-five years after the fall of Communism, more signs of renewed Jewish life in small community.
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Wroclaw, Poland — The American-born chief rabbi of Lower Silesia stood at the head table of the community seders in the historic White Stork Synagogue here last week and witnessed, in a single glance, the changes in the last 25 years of post-communist Polish Jewish life.
For isolated members of Poland’s Jewish community, a new online Jewish learning program.
A Jewish teen at a public school in a town in Poland was struggling with his German-language studies early in the academic year last year. Already enrolled in an after-school, online Jewish education program run by a Jewish day school in Warsaw, he signed up for optional instruction in German offered by the program.
Grave matters in ‘Aftermath,’ which borrows cleverly from the horror film genre.
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It is oddly appropriate that the new Polish drama “Aftermath” is opening on Nov. 1, in the midst of the Halloween movie season. The film, written and directed by Władysław Pasikowski, is structured like a horror film, uses the tropes of the supernatural thriller boldly and deftly, and has its roots in the appalling realities of Jewish life and death in Poland in the 1940s. In short, it’s a Shoah film, but one that trades elements of that burgeoning genre for the familiar lineaments of another, older kind of filmmaking.
Non-Jewish Poles establish Jewish-style restaurants throughout the country.
Warsaw — At a corner table in the Pod Samsonem restaurant, under framed etchings of the Bible’s Samson and of old Warsaw streetscapes, a middle-aged woman cuts up her “Jewish style” trout one recent evening.
In a northwest corner of Poland, an old-timer remembers a once vibrant Jewish community.
Szczecin, Poland — The Jewish senior citizens, dressed in casual skirts and suits, began filing into the headquarters of this seaside Jewish community shortly before sunset on the first night of Passover last week.