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"Jewish Poland" A Workshop by Leora Tec

Date/Time: Sun, 3/19/2017, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

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                     Jewish Poland: Difficult Questions and Ripple Effects 

                             Sponsored by Lexington Council for the Arts

Jews who have a family history in Poland may have complicated feelings about the Polish part of their identities. Must they reject the place that was the homeland of their ancestors for hundreds of years because it is the country where 90% of their brethren were murdered? Many Americans can easily claim their hyphenated identities: Irish-American, Italian-American. But what do Jews of Polish descent do with their Polishness? Many simply ignore it and claim only the Jewish part of themselves.

Likewise non-Jewish Poles may feel uncomfortable about framing their role in history. Do Jews or others blame them for what the Germans did? What about what their families suffered during World War II? And what if anti-Semitism is a part of their legacy? All these are difficult questions.

In this workshop, I will create a safe space for those who wish to explore these complex and often troubling issues of identity. Participants will have an opportunity to share with others who have similar backgrounds. We will have a chance to put our questions and ambiguities into words, which can then foster broader community discussions about identity and inclusion.

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As the founder and director of Bridge To Poland (BTP), Leora Tec creates small group experiences in Poland that examine the history of the Jews in Poland and how non-Jewish Poles today are commemorating that history. Leora is the daughter of Holocaust survivor and scholar Nechama Tec. (Nechama Tec is the author of the book Defiance, which was made into the 2007 film starring Daniel Craig).

Leora writes and speaks publicly about many topics including her own experiences with Polish and Jewish identity. She is currently working on a book about her Polish identity entitled, I’m Not Polish: My Discovery of Identity. Leora is a narrator of audio books at the Perkins School for the Blind and an improviser. She has lived and/or studied in: Spain, Israel, France, Italy, and Poland. Leora holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D./LL.M. from Duke University School of Law.
For more information on Leora and Bridge to Poland:  www.bridgetopoland.com