As 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.
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