September 30, 2013
Vol. 29 , No. 02
A Panel Discussion on Jewish Renewal in Poland
HAIM DOV BELIAK
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013
In the evening, the panel of community leaders who have made substantial contributions to the renewal of Jewish life will speak about their recent work and experiences in Poland.
Joanna Auron-Gorska is a lecturer in Jewish Studies and Judaism for the Beit Warszawa Synagogue course Step by Step: Introduction to Judaism, in Bialystok and Warsaw. She was awarded a Ph.D.in Cultural Studies; A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Institute of Cultural Studies; and an M.A.in the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations; Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Great Britain.
Piotr Stasiak is the chairman of Beit Polska, the umbrella organization for progressive Judaism throughout Poland. To date Beit Polska has developed eight communities throughout Poland, including Beit Warszawa, the first community, in 1995. It has completed the first modern gender free translation of the prayer book in to Polish with editor Rabbi Gil Nativ, and has trained eight prayer leaders and five teachers of Progressive Judaism to serve the Polish Jewish community.
Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak began working with Beit Polska, the umbrella organization of Progressive Judaism in Poland, in 2011. He was born in a displaced persons (DP) Camp in Munich, Germany and grew up in Mason City, Iowa and Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Occidental College in 1969. Before attending rabbinical school, he worked as television cameraman and taught television production to teachers at Occidental College. Beliak graduated and received his ordination from Hebrew Union College, and has completed additional studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Merkaz HaRav. Rabbi Beliak served as chaplain and adjunct professor of Modern Jewish History at the Claremont Colleges from 1974 to 1991.