We are honored that the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture has been awarded the 20th annual Krakow Patron of Culture Award, specifically the highest level of the award in the donor category, which is titled "Golden Donor Statue."
The official award ceremony took place on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Krakow City Hall. Helise Lieberman, director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland, accepted the award on the Foundation's behalf.
The Galicia Jewish Museum (GJM), in Krakow, nominated the Foundation in recognition of our decade-long support of Krakow's nonprofit sector, including the GJM, Jewish Culture Festival, JCC Krakow, and Jagiellonian University, among others, as well as our establishment of the San Francisco-Krakow Sister Cities relationship. The review committee, consisting of representatives of the Mayor of Krakow, the Krakow City Council Chair and Members, previous awardees and others, was unanimous in its selection of the Taube Foundation.
Mayor of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski said of the awardees: “For many years, we have been observing the development of Krakow’s artistic life. Renowned festivals have become permanent fixtures and new events have been quickly gaining publicity and recognition. It is hard to imagine an individual organizer carrying the financial burden required to realize a good idea. It would be impossible without the participation and valuable contributions of partners and sponsors – patrons of culture."
Tad Taube said of the award: "It's particularly meaningful to be recognized in the city of my birth and where my maternal family lived for centuries, and to be recognized for my foundation's support of the revitalization of Jewish life and culture, which is an integral part of the identity of the City."