Formerly known as "The Worldwide Federation of Polish Jews
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
Bernard Korbman was unanimously elected as our new President
following the ASPJ's Annual General Meeting on 19th November 2013.
Bernard, who was the ASPJ's foundation President, said that, in the
coming year, the organisation should focus more on areas where we can
make a real difference - and not spread ourselves too thinly.
In stating that, for personal reasons, he did not wish to stand for the presidency again,
Past President, Izy Marmur, intended to still make a meaningful contribution
in the future by continuing as a Board member.
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
WARSAW'S JEWISH MUSEUM OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
To coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising,
Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened its doors to
the public for the first time.
THE ASPJ WELCOMES NEW POLISH DIPLOMATS TO AUSTRALIA
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.
2012 "HENRYK SŁAWIK AWARD" PRESENTATION
13th November 2012
Awarded by the ASPJ in acknowledgement of work towards enhancing mutual respect and
understanding between the Polish and Jewish communities, the 2012 recipients
of the award were Lucyna Artymiuk and Krystyna Duszniak.
Click HERE for more words and pictures of the event!
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.