Date(s) - January 21, 2014
Skirball Cultural Center
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Katka Reszke; RETURN OF THE JEW: Discovering Jewish Roots and the Revival of Jewish Life in Contemporary Poland
A new, “unexpected” generation of Jews made an appearance in Poland following the fall of the communist regime. Once home to the greatest Jewish community in the world and then site of the biggest tragedy in Jewish history, today Poland is experiencing what some have called a “renaissance of Jewish culture.” Simultaneously, more and more Poles are discovering their Jewish roots and beginning to seek forms of Jewish affiliation. Drawing from personal experience and from her research, Katka Reszke discusses some of the complexities involved in discovering Jewish roots in today’s Poland and of being or perhaps becoming Jewish in unique and compelling circumstances. A book signing will follow her talk.
Katka Reszke is a writer, documentary filmmaker, photographer and researcher in Jewish history, culture, and identity. She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, and a Diploma in Jewish Studies from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
The JGSLA Traveling Library will be available starting at 7:00PM JGSLA members free, guests $5