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 IN MAY 2014!
 
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

 
    

 
MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECT AND
PERMANENT EXHIBITION OPENING DATE


Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews, within days of each other, made announcements regarding the appointment of its new Director and the opening date of its permanent core exhibition.
 
The Museum's new Director is Professor Dariusz Stola, a Polish historian, writer and Professor of History at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is an expert on 20th century human migration, the Holocaust, Polish-Jewish relations and the history of the communist regime in post-War Poland.
 
He will take up his appointment in March 2014.
 
During a meeting of the Polish parliament's Culture and Media Committee, Deputy Minister of Culture Malgorzata Omilanowska announced that the Museum's Core Exhibition will be officially opened on 28th October 2014. The official opening will be accompanied by special events for Polish and foreign visitors, with more details to be announced soon.
 
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.
 

 
PAWEŁ BRAMSON VISIT
4th-13th June 2013
 
The ASPJ was pivileged to host Paweł Bramson's visit to Melbourne,
accompanied by his wife, Paolina, and daughter Zuzanna, to tell our community
the story of his amazing life transformation.

 

The highlight of Paweł's visit was the screening of his film "The Moon is Jewish". Over 200 people attended the event at Glen Eira Town Hall. Following the screening, Paweł answered questions from the audience and met with them over coffee afterwards.
 
During his visit, Paweł visited four Melbourne's Jewish day schools, spent the Shabbat period as two of Melbourne's congregations, was interviewed by SBS's Jewish and Polish programs, met with Jewish business people in the CBD, and had some close encounters with Australia's unique fauna.
 
The ASPJ wishes to publicly thank the following people and organisations
who helped make the Bramson family's visit such a success:

 
  • Tom & Telilah May, Robert & Adele Weil, Chana Gutnick and their families
    for opening their homes and extending their hospitality to the Bramson family
  • Caulfield Beth Hamedrash and Caulfield Hebrew Congregation
    who welcomed the Bramson family to their services over Shabbat
  • the staff and students of Bialik College, Mt.Scopus College, Beth Rivkah College and Ohel Chana who opened their doors and hearts
    to the Bramson family during their visit
  • Collingwood Football Club and Director, Ian McMullin for giving Paweł his first taste of Aussie Rules football at the MCG and inviting him into the rooms afterwards.

  • Click HERE for more words and pictures!

     
    ASPJ WEBMASTER INTERVIEWED ON POLISH RADIO
     
    While in Warsaw in October 2012, our Board member and
    webmaster, Andrew Rajcher, was interviewed by the Kol
    Polin
    service of national broadcaster Polskie Radio.

     
    Andrew was interviewed, in English, by Polskie Radio's Hagay
    Hacohen. To listen to that interview, click on the link below.
     


         
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