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JCCs and Jewish reawakening in Central Europe


Jewish Community Centers play a central role in rebuilding Jewish life, particularly in countries that were most affected by the Holocaust. During the COVID-19 crisis, this role has never been more important. Although JCCs had to close their buildings, and suspend many of their programs, they certainly did not stop their activities. Rather, they showed tremendous creativity and innovation in producing online programing, keeping their community members engaged, and even reaching out to new people. JCCs are key to helping their communities weather this crisis by connecting people with each other and providing meaningful and rich online activities.

During our session, Rabbi Paley will discuss the topic of Jewish reawakening in Central Europe, and the JCCs response to the current crisis. You will hear perspectives on the challenges and opportunities faced by three key communities in Central Europe, as we are joined by these distinguished leaders:

Zsuzsa Fritz – Director of JCC Budapest
Agata Rakowiecka – Director of JCC Warsaw
Jonathan Ornstein – Director of JCC Krakow

Join this session by connecting to the ZOOM link below, or by following our LIVE Facebook Feed.

Time: May 5th, 2020 04:00 PM Budapest / 10:00 AM EDT
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Rabbi Michael Paley, is a senior scholar for the JDC and the founding director of the Tarbut Fellowship living in Budapest, Hungary. Previously he was the scholar in residence of the UJA-Federation of New York and prior to his arrival at UJA, he was a professor of Jewish Studies and Dean at Bard College, the Vice President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and served as the University Chaplain at Columbia University and Associate University Chaplain at Dartmouth College. Additionally, he was the founding director of the Edgar M. Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. Rabbi Paley earned his bachelor’s at Brandeis, graduate degrees in Jewish and Islamic Philosophy and Science at Temple University and received his rabbinic ordination from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

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