Why should Jewish heritage matter?
To whom does it belong?
Who are the responsible stakeholders in its preservation?
How can we ensure its future?
Our guest experts will respond to these questions from global, regional, national, and local perspectives.
They will discuss achievements thus far and how cooperation and strategic thinking are necessary to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
PDT: 11:00 a.m.
EDT: 2:00 p.m.
UK: 7:00 p.m.
CET: 8:00 p.m.
Israel: 9:00 p.m.
Ruth Ellen Gruber has researched and written widely on Jewish heritage for more than three decades. The author of several books on the topic, she manages the web site jewish-heritage-europe.eu. Her honors and awards include Poland's Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Michael Hammer Tribute Research Award from the Hadassah Brandeis Institute (HBI). In 2015 she was the Arnold Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston (South Carolina).
Piotr Puchta is a Polish diplomat, author, and activist, who—from 2014 to 2016—led the Polish delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Having retired from his diplomatic career in March 2019, he is now the CEO of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland. The Foundation’s primary mission is to protect and commemorate the country’s surviving heritage sites, among them synagogues, cemeteries, and mikvahs, as well as monuments to Jewish cultural heritage.
Victor Sorenssen studied Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, completing an internship at the Observatory of European Policies. Since 2017, he has been the director of the AEPJ (The European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage). He is also the director of the Comunidad Israelita de Barcelona and the founder of the Jewish cultural platform Mozaika. Through this organization he developed projects such as Sefer Barcelona, the Jewish Book Festival or the Salam-Shalom initiative.
Helise Lieberman, director of the Taube Center, is a former Hillel director. She was the founding principal of the Lauder-Morasha Day School in Warsaw and has served as a consultant to the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, the Westbury Group, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and to the JDC – Baltics. In 2007–2008, she received a scholarship to participate in the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at Hebrew University. She was awarded the Bene Merito medal by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015. A dual citizen, Ms. Lieberman has lived in Warsaw since 1994.