Beit Polska’s multi faceted vision for the renewal of Progressive Polish Jewish life is supported by Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland (501 3c) and the European/World Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ/ WUPJ). In addition we seek your vital support–through your foundation, through family celebrations and memorials, and through your personal gifts.
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Target $50,000 per year
A full time Polish speaking coordinator for Beit Polska to coordinate activities in Poland. Beit Polska needs paid professional full-time leadership to coordinate and create
Current leadership of Beit Polska is all voluntary. These include:
- Piotr, Chair of Beit Polska and Beit Warszawa;
- Greg, Chair of Beit Konstancin;
- Kasia, Chair of Trojmiasto and Vice Chair of Beit Polska;
- Marek Board Member of Beit Polska;
- Joanna, Secretary of Beit Polska;
- Alexandra, Board Member of Beit Polska;
- Kinga (Shira).
Friends of Jewish Renewal’s executive director/CEO Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak is full time and donates his time. Attorney Irv Hepner is a non-paid volunteer. Dr. Barry Rosenblatt is a volunteer providing strategic advice.
A Polish speaking American citizen, Dariusz Szajnert is volunteering a year to work as a community organizer in Poznan, Katowice, and Wroclaw. The FJR board is made up of volunteers: Steve Hitter, Barbara Yaroslawsky, Severyn Ashkenazy, Jerry Fenning, Rabbi Alan Maller, and Barry Rosenblatt. Rabbi Gil Nativ is completing the third year of his three year contract. We are advertising for the position of Rabbi. We are seeking a person who is in all regards qualified but is also willing to learn Polish. There are two Polish speaking young people in rabbinical school and there are hopes that they will eventually return in two or three years to work with the Progressive Jewish community. There are two qualified people who would consider training for the rabbinate and would commit to returning to
Poland if they had the financial support of the community.
Current funding sources support the following paid positions: a secretary and bookkeeper, a ground staff and a part-time kitchen staff. Current funding also supports the Shabbat dinners (which congregants pay a portion towards) prepared by the kitchen caterer. These are the kernel of the Shabbat experience that built Congregation Beit Warszawa.
- Pay rabbi salary (including local Beit Polska rabbi, and visiting rabbinic scholars-inresidence)
- Fund a full time in-Poland “federation” coordinator–among activities of all Beit
- Pay for our webmaster (currently being paid informally, no consistent source)
- Regularize part time employees/contractors such prayer leaders; para-rabbis; project
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