Rabbi Michael Schudrich
The Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Schudrich has a long and rich history of involvement in the Jewish communities of both Eastern Europe and Asia. As a student in the 1970s, Rabbi Schudrich began his travels to Eastern Europe, leading Jewish groups and meeting with members of what remained of the Jewish communities in the former Eastern bloc. After receiving rabbinic ordination, he served as rabbi of Japan’s Jewish community from 1983-1989. In 1992, he returned to Warsaw and in June 2000 became the Rabbi of Warsaw and Łódź. In December 2004, he was appointed to the position of Chief Rabbi of Poland. Rabbi Schudrich serves Poland’s growing number of Jewish communities and as an official interlocutor between the Polish government and the Catholic Church.
Dr. Eleonora Bergman
Dr. Eleonora Bergman is a Polish architectural historian who works on the preservation of Jewish heritage in Poland. She was the director of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Bergman studied architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology, going on to work at the Institute of Urban Planning and Architecture. She later researched architectural monuments in Poland for the Arts Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1991, she began work with the Jewish Historical Institute, documenting Jewish religious buildings and landmarks. Bergman received her PhD from the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw in 1997. She has published a number of books, articles and monographs. Bergman serves as a member of the council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. In 2012, she was awarded the French Legion of Honour.
Prof. Marcin Wodziński
Prof. Michał Wodziński is a Professor of Jewish history and literature, and head of the Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Wrocław. The scope of his academic interests ranges from the social history of Jews in the 19th century to the history of Jews in Silesia and Jewish material culture, especially the history of Hasidism and Haskalah. His publications include more than 100 articles in Polish, English, Hebrew, French, and Czech, nine books authored and one co-authored, and six volumes co-edited.