OUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
 
"To preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of Jewish life in Poland and to foster
understanding between current and future generations of the Polish and Jewish communities."

    
  BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
 
President:
      Bernard Korbman, OAM
Vice-Presidents:
      Izy Marmur
      Andrew Rajcher
Treasurer:
      Andrew Rajcher
Secretary:
      Lena Fiszman
 
Members:
      Moshe Fiszman
      Krysia Kinst
      Sophie Maj
      Ezra May
      David Prince
      Peter Schnall
 
Telephone:
      +61 (0)3 9523 9573
Facsimile:
      +61 (0)3 9528 2082
 
Email:
   lfiszman@bigpond.net.au
 
Mailing Address:
      PO Box 56,
      Elsternwick, Vic., 3185,
      Australia
 
 
 

DATES FOR THE DIARY
 
COMING SOON!
 
In honour of the Polish
Righteous Among the Nations

 
Direct from Warsaw's
MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY
OF POLISH JEWS

 
The Premiere Screening of
"OCALENI"
(The Rescued)
 
PLUS
 
the Official Opening of
 
"THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES"
 
- an exhibition honouring Poles
who risked their lives and the
lives of their families to save
Jews during the Holocaust.
 
More details on this page!

 

 

 
 

SPEAKERS PANEL
 
The ASPJ is pleased to be able to offer many of our members as Speakers for your organisation's or company's activity or function.
 
Click HERE for for more information.

 

 

WE WELCOME
NEW MEMBERS
 
Formerly known as
"The Worldwide Federation
of Polish Jews
(Australian Chapter)"
,
we have a new name, a new Constitution, a new Statement
of Purpose and a new
generation of active members.
 
Based in Melbourne, Australia,
we invite all people, Jewish and
non-Jewish, whose roots lie
in Poland,to join our
reinvigorated organisation.
 
Click HERE for Membership Application details.

 
 
 

DO YOU OR
YOUR FAMILY
HAVE ROOTS IN ....

Many of Poland's cities and towns are, today, endeavouring to preserve their Jewish history and heritage.
 
Some are now turning to the ASPJ to assist them in their task of collecting memoirs, photographs and other documents.
 
To encourage their endeavours, a new feature has been added to this website to assist them in contacting former residents or their descendants.
 
Click HERE to read more.


 

 
 
OUR WEBSITE
We welcome your comments and suggestions regarding the ASPJ website.
 
Feel free to email our Webmaster:
aragorn@vicnet.net.au

 
    

 
2014 HENRYK SŁAWIK AWARD PRESENTATION

The recipient of the 2014 Henryk Sławik Award, presented by the Australian Society of Polish Jews & Their Descendants, is Pauline Rockman OAM.
 
At an event held at Kadimah on 28th October 2014, Pauline was presented with the Award by actress Magda Szubanska, whose yearning to meet Polish Jewish descendants, and compare their stories with those of her own Polish grandparents, had led to long conversations with Pauline.
 
The Award,in recognition of the enhancement of mutual respect and understanding between the Polish and Jewish communities, was presented in the presence of the Honorary Polish Consul-General in Melbourne, Dr.George Łuk-Kozika, who himself was the recipient of the inaugural Award in 2011.
 
Click HERE for more words and pictures!

 
WARSAW'S JEWISH MUSEUM CORE EXHIBITION OPENING!

The Core Exhibition of Warsaw's POLIN - Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened at an event held on 28th October 2014, in front of over 1,500 guests and covered by 600 journalists from around the world.
 

 
The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, and the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin (on his first foreign visit), the Prime Minister of Poland Ewa Kopacz, Speakers of the Sejm and Senate, the Mayor of Warsaw, as well as several foreign delegations and related organisations from around the world.
 
The ASPJ was represented by our Vice-President, Andrew Rajcher, who, for more than five years, has been a volunteer translator/interpretor for the Museum and its websites
 
The exhibition was symbolically opened by two generations of Polish Jews – Marian Turski, Chairman of the Museum Council and a Holocaust survivor, and 13-year-old Joanna Widla, a student at the Lauder-Morasha Jewish School in Warsaw.
 
In the first week following the Opening, the Museum's Core Exhibition was viewed by over 25,000 visitors, with tickets sold out for many days in the weeks following.
 
Take a Virtual Tour of the Museum's Core Exhibition
by watching the video below:


 
PRESIDENT KOMOROWSKI VISITS ISRAEL

Polish President Bronisław Komorowski and his wife began an official state visit to Israel on 5th November 2013.
 

In welcoming them, Israeli President Shimon Peres noted that Zionism, the movement that led to the creation of the modern state of Israel, began in Poland, referring to founder David Ben Gurion who was born in the Polish town of Płonsk.
 
At a reception at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, President Komorowski said that Poland would stand by Israel and defend the interests of Jews everywhere.
 
“We are sensitive to every manifestation of anti-Semitism in Europe in general and in Poland in particular,” Komorowski said, adding that “Poland is well aware of the security challenges confronting Israel".


 
THE ASPJ WELCOMES
NEW POLISH DIPLOMATS TO AUSTRALIA

September 2013
 
His Excellency, Mr Paweł Milewski, has been appointed as the new Ambassador of the Repubic of Poland to Australia. A career diplomat, Ambassador Milewski's last position was as Deputy Director of the Department of Asia and Pacific, in Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
Ambassador Milewski has expressed a desire to work closely with our organisation and we look forward to a mutually fruitful relationship during his time in Australia.
 

 
The Polish Government has also appointed a new Consul-General, based in Sydney. She is Ms Regina Jurkowska, a career diplomat whose last position was as Deputy Director of the Department of Cooperation with the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad, within the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
During his time in Australia, the ASPJ enjoyed an excellent relationship with her predecessor, Daniel Groman. We look forward to continuing and developing that excellent relationship with Ms Jurkowska.
 


     
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