Recently a considerable collection of Judaica books was received at Beit Warszawa, a gift from Yiddish theater scholar, Dr. Nahma Sandrow. Dr. Sandrow is the author of Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater and a prominent interpreter of drama in the Yiddish language that once flourished and was centered in Poland. Dr. Sandrow and her husband William Meyers visited Beit Warszawa Synagogue, taught at Jan Dlugosz University in Chestochowa, and lectured in Gdansk, Krakow, Wroclaw, and Bialystok under the umbrella of Beit Polska in 2012 and 2013. William Meyers is a prominent photographer and critic who exhibited in Central and Eastern Europe. Together Nahma Sandrow and William Meyers packed and lovingly shipped 14 boxes of books. Many volumes are from the collection of Conservative Rabbi Edward Sandrow, Nahma Sandrow’s father (of blessed memory). A number of books were donated by members of Minyan Ma’at which is affiliated with the Conservative Congregation Ansche Chesed.
Piotr Stasiak, the chair of Beit Poska’s Board, expressed appreciation for the gift as well as relief that the books had been freed from customs. Librarian Shira Olgay – Stawikowska stated that the books would take their place in the library’s considerable collection of English, Hebrew, and Polish books and invited volunteers to help her organize the new collection. The Sandrow-Meyers family who bore the lion’s share of the costs of shipping costs. Beit Polska’s administrative secretary, Marta Pilarska spent hours arranging for the arrival of the books and thanks to her.
Rabbi Gil Nativ expressed the hope that at the next visit of Dr. Sandrow that there would be an opportunity to dedicate the collection.
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