Reactions to recent showings
Times of Israel review. More to follow.
Bogdan's Journey:the Memory of Kielce and Beyond. In this film you will meet
a courageous teacher, psychologist, and charismatic public intellectual Bogdan Bialek.
Bogdan's life work has been devoted to building trust and understanding in one town, Kielce!
Bogdan's Journey tells his story and that of Jews and other Poles he invites into the effort of reconciliation.
View a trailer here.
For information about screenings, please contact RabbiBeliak@JewishRenewalinPoland.org.
June 15 - 30 2017 Insiders' Tour of Poland Led by Rabbi Haim Beliak, Executive Director of Friends of Jewish Renewal
in Poland (Beit Polska), and Prof. Richard Hecht of UC Santa Barbara. This fascinating tour will focus on the diversity of viewpoints
that made Polish Jewish life the source of modern Jewish life from Jewish socialism, to Yiddish culture, to the
various branches of Zionism, to Hassidic communities.
View successfully concluded 2016 trip here.
A participant in the 2015 tour praised it as "a wonderful and memorably meaningful trip --
really a kind of pilgrimage where we learned and learned." For information,
write to RabbiBeliak@JewishRenewalinPoland.org
A New Prayer Book, a New Moment For Jewish Rebirth and Development!
Beit Polska is most pleased to announce the publication of a historic prayer book for the Union of
Progressive Congregations in Poland – Sidur Beit Polin.
This first Polish Progressive prayer book since before World War II, features a contemporary Polish translation with Hebrew facing and a complete transliteration of all the Hebrew prayers.
To obtain your first edition copy of the Sidur and support its continuing publication,
please contact RabbiBeliak@JewishRenewalinPoland.org. To
learn more about the Sidur,
Musical Celebration of Jewish Renewal in Poland. Three concerts in October 2016 in the
Los Angeles area featured Holocaust survivor Cantor David Wisnia, his grandson Avi Wisnia and contemporary Polish
cantors Rivka Foremniak and Menachem Mirski. The concerts, a fundraiser for Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland, were sponsored in part by Jewish Renewal in
Poland/Beit Polska; Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills; Temple Beth Israel of Pomona; and UCLA Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music.
We will soon post videos of the concerts.
A new brochure for Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland is available to print or download.
The brochure describes our work supporting Beit Polska, the umbrella organization of
Progressive Judaism in Poland,
and offers exciting opportunities to sponsor projects. A two-sided trifold with a mailing-address panel,
the brochure is a PDF file. Click here to see it.
Sunday August 20, 2017 7:00 PM. Beit Polska: A Wonderful Summer of Jewish Life's Growth in Poland
On August 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the "Valley" we will host an evening for you to meet some wonderful people who visited and worked with the Progressive (Reform and Conservative) Jewish communities in Poland. This was an exciting summer and we are making plans for an even more exciting coming year.
To receive the address of the meeting please RSVP to email@example.com
Come and meet the people that are helping to build a Progressive Jewish Community in Poland.
OUR TEACHERS AND LEADERS
Dr. Dominika Zakrzewska is the program coordinator for all Beit Polska programs and events. She teaches in our Step by Step program and coordinates our children's programs. She coordinates seminars and special programs. She lives in Warsaw.
Cindy Paley and her husband Herzel Aboudy visited Poland this summer. Cindy's concerts (8) and workshops (12) were a big hit at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow Cindy performed in concerts in Warsaw, Gdansk, Kielce, Lublin and Zielona Gora together withour 12 prayer leaders.
Dr. Menachem Mirski is returning to begin Rabbinical School at American Jewish University. Mirski participated in many concerts in Poland this summer with Cindy Paley.
Nedda Black a new board member of the 501c3 organization that supports Beit Polska through Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland attended special seminar sponsored by the Los Angeles Polish Consul General along with other educational leaders from Los Angeles.
Hazzan Michael Stein who met with the prayer leaders and held a concert in Kazimierz Dolny. Cantor Stein has been the main stay of the prayer leader training program at Beit Polska.
Rabbi Avi Havivi who taught and led services at the Krakow Music Festival and completed his third visit to Poland.
Rabbi-in-training Mati Kirschenbaum from the Geiger Rabbinic Kollege in Berlin who served as a the student rabbi to Beit Polska. (will not attend but may Skype in for a few minutes)
Rabbi Haim Beliak who met and interviewed each of the 25 candidates for conversion as well as leading a tour from Beth Shalom in Atlanta.
Rabbi Alan Iser taught at Beit Centrum Kee Tov. (will not attend but might skype in for few minutes.)
Rabbi Walter Rothschild who is visiting rabbi of Beit Warsawa this coming year. (will not attend but may skype in for a few minutes.) We are proud to be translating his book "The Honey and The Sting" to Polish.
We have now 10 communities through out Poland. We'll tell you more at the event! Join Us.. Los Angeles (please RSVP for details)
Beit Warszawa Library is now OPEN |
We invite you to use Beit Warszawa's library resources and the reading room every Tuesday from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. and on the first Friday of every month from 5p.m. to 7 p.m.
113 Wiertnicza Street, Warszawa
Shabbat Evening Services in Warsaw Every Friday at 7:00 PM |
Beit Warszawa - 113 Wiertnicza Str. AND Beit Centrum Ki Tov - 12 Nowogrodzka Str. #3
Torah Study at Beit Centrum Ki Tov Sundays at 2 p.m. |
Every Sunday, the community of Beit Centrum in Warsaw gets together to study the next Shabbat’s parashah. Join them!! 12 Nowogrodzka Street apt. 3, Warsaw
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Torah Sent to Poland On March 20 a new Torah began the third leg of its journey to Poland. The transmission of a practically new scroll — only 150-years-old — of the first five books of the Bible, the Torah is a cause for celebration!! This beautiful scroll is a gift from a Conservative congregation Shaarei Tefilah in Norwood, ... Polish Jews Reviving
Bogdan’s Journey- Special Screening and Discussion (Poland & USA, 2016, 83 min) Bogdan’s Journey will screen on March 8, 2017 at 7 pm at the Laemmle Theater, Music Hall 3, Beverly Hills, CA, followed by Q&A with: Bogdan Bielak, film protagonist Professor Michael Barenbaum, Director of the Sigi Zieirng Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, AJU Michal ... Rabbi Beliak's Blog