"The Museum is a geographical place of memory. You cannot be on the site of the Ghetto Uprising and not feel something very deep."
April 19, 2013, has been proclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews Day by the City and County of San Francisco. This date marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and opening day of the state-of-the-art museum in Warsaw, Poland. The proclamation recognizes the wide-reaching influence of this museum, which showcases one thousand years of Jewish history in Poland.
Taube Philanthropies is pleased to present this comprehensive report of its activities for the past two years – a time filled with new beginnings and the fulfillment of many dreams in both the United States and Europe.
On the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, on the site where the Ghetto once stood, a major new cultural institution will open its doors for the first time. On April 19, 2013, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will hold a preview opening, offering the first public access to its distinctive architectural design and innovative exhibits, showcasing 1,000 years of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Jewish contribution to Western civilization.
Emmy Award-winning David R. Grubin Productions has created a promotional film for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, underwritten by the Taube and Koret Foundations. The film features Dr. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Director of the Core Exhibition, describing the beginning of Jewish civilization through World War II, culminating in the Jewish cultural revival in Poland's new democracy.
Founded in 2003, the JHIP nurtures the revival of Jewish life in Poland, furthers awareness of this resurgence among Jews and non-Jews, and fosters positive interest in Poland and Polish Jews among Jews worldwide.
With thanks to your ongoing involvement, the JHIP has become a major force in the revitalization of Jewish life in Poland, supporting more than 70 programs and five new educational initiatives in the arenas of scholarship, genealogy and publishing; the arts and cultural forums; educational tourism; and heritage restoration.
The Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland is pleased to announce the publication of the Field Guide to Jewish Warsaw and Kraków. Nothing like it exists in the market today. The Guide represents an important part of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland's vision of transmitting a living Polish Jewish heritage to future generations, and of engaging visitors in an ongoing conversation about the history and meaning of the Jewish experience on Polish lands.
The Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies have launched a major initiative focused on Jewish Peoplehood, committing close to $100 million to capital projects, operating support and funding for Jewish cultural programs in the Bay Area, Poland and Israel.
In May 2007, the Republic of Poland appointed businessman and philanthropist Tad Taube, one of the Bay Area's distinguished civic leaders, to represent Poland as an Honorary Consul in northern California. Mr. Taube was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1931 and immigrated to the United States in the summer of 1939, just weeks before the outbreak of World War II. He has dedicated his life to efforts strengthening the civic and cultural life in both the United States and Poland and to building a close connection between the two.