Polin Meeting Point: The Nissenbaum Family Foundation’s Educational Fund

POLIN Museum hosted the third annual POLIN Meeting Point, a two-week intensive educational program for university students and faculty, which is generously funded by the Nissenbaum Family Foundation. Forty-seven participants from Poland, Germany, Israel, and Ukraine came together last summer to explore the intersection of Jewish history and their national narratives. The thirteen-person faculty came from our partner organizations: University of Konstanz, University of Haifa, University of Warsaw, University of Wrocław, Jagiellonian University, University of Potsdam, and the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in Kiev.

The focus of this year’s POLIN Meeting Point was “Multiculturalism in Small Communities,” drawing upon Zduńska Wola in the Łódź region as a prime example. This town flourished as a multicultural Polish-Jewish-German hub until the Second World War. The program began at POLIN Museum and continued with study tours to Łódź and Zduńska Wola, concluding with a celebratory Shabbat dinner. To date, 130 people have participated in this highly successful program.