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Take a virtual tour of the vibrant city of Warsaw, and  hear from three Warsawans as they share the joys and complexities of living in this contemporary city.


Your Warsaw tour guides:

Aleksandra (Ola) Sajdak was born and raised in Warsaw. Today she works for the Taube Centre for the Renewal of Jewish Life as a Senior Program Manager and Educator as well as a geneologist at the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute.  She is active in the Warsaw Jewish Community, a member of the JCC and the Ec Chaim Kehilla. She was also a Kaplan Fellow @ Yesod Cohort II. She is currently working on her thesis at the Polish Academy of Science on Ringelblum’s Archive.



Andrzej Jankowski is a graduate of the Lauder–Morasha school, the first Jewish primary school in Poland. He is a historian by education and the Brodno cemetery administrator by profession, employed by the Jewish Community of Warsaw. He was born and raised in Warsaw. He grew up in the 1990’s when Poland went through a crucial socio-economic transformation. For many people of Jewish descent that time triggered the process of discovering family past. Andrzej is happily married and a rock-climbing maniac.


Marcin Grynberg is a theoretical biologist, bioinformatician at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Warsaw, Poland. Co-founder at the Citizens of Academia social movement aiming to improve scientific policy and good practices in Poland. Tutor at the School of Education of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the University of Warsaw School of Education. Co-founder of the Puszke Foundation that supports the educational and material needs of the Jewish community in Poland. Marcin is married with Zofia. They have two children aged 18 and 21, studying Japanese studies and ethnology, respectively.


This conversation will be facilitated by Helise Lieberman, Executive Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life Foundation in Poland. A former Hillel director, she was the founding principal of the Lauder-Morasha Day School in Warsaw and has served as a consultant to the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, the Westbury Group, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and to the JDC – Baltics. In 2007-2008, Ms. Lieberman received a scholarship to participate in the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at Hebrew University. Ms. Lieberman was awarded the Bene Merito medal by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015.  A dual citizen, Ms. Lieberman has lived in Warsaw since 1994.



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At Home in Warsaw

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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