Honoring Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

BKG and Michelle Lee DentAs we kick off 2015, we’re looking back at the highlights of the past year—and our AnnualWinter Reception is at the top of the list.

We were delighted to honor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Program Director at Warsaw’s brand-new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, at the event. A distinguished scholar, Barbara has dedicated her career to studying and celebrating Jewish history, culture and yiddishkeit, work that truly lies at the heart of the Workmen’s Circle mission.

Our connection with Barbara felt beshert and we were so pleased we could celebrate her many achievements. Performances by Litvakus; documentary film clips; remarks by our President, Peter Pepper and Executive Director, Ann Toback, along with tributes from Barbara’s friends and colleagues, including Steven Cohen, Faye Ginsburg, Jeffrey Shandler, and Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, General Consul of the Republic of Poland, made it a very special evening.

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One of the highlights was hearing from the honoree herself. Barbara shared her experiences bringing the POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition to life, and the importance of preserving our Jewish cultural heritage in Poland and around the world. She also autographed copies of “Gwoździec Re!construction” and “They Called Me Mayer July,” which she co-authored with her father. Copies of “Gwoździec Re!construction” are available here.

You can take a look at our favorite reception pictures on Facebook.

We offer our most sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the Winter Reception a success. Special recognition goes to the following groups and individuals:


The Atran Foundation

Marcia and Bob Kaplan

Parkside Memorial Chapels 


Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP

PNC Institutional Investments

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank 


Jack Jacobs and Susan Milamed

Gosia and Andrzej Rojek

Peter and Marci Pepper and family

The Kirshenblatt, Silver and Berlin families


Denis Bowyer and Amy Gifford

Maddy and Philip Braun

Allen and Barbara Breslow

David and Cheri Goldstein and family

Ed Ott and Deborah Nagin

Jeanne Mager Stellman and Steven D. Stellman

Barnett and Selma Zumoff and family

The Forward Association

Faye Ginsburg, Fred Myers and Samantha Myers

Gabe and Jerilyn Caprio

Rabbi Marion Lev Cohen and Steven M. Lev Cohen

Josh and Judy Skolnick and family

Duval & Stachenfeld, LLP