• “I highly recommend TJHT; their excellent resources and amazing personnel will make your journey as successful as mine.”  

    Morris Henoch Winnipeg, Manitoba

Who We Are

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours is a mission-driven, on-the-ground, Jewish heritage education and tour program based in Poland with a worldwide reach in North America, Israel, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. Our professional team of engaging and expert academics, guides, educators, and community leaders provide meaningful and memorable custom-crafted Jewish tours, infusing each and every encounter with the perspectives and insights of those active in Polish Jewish life and committed to the preservation of Polish Jewish heritage.

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours is a program of the registered non-profit organization Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland. Revenue from TJHT fees supports publications, educational programs, and cultural and public events, which promote civil society, enrich Jewish communal life in Poland, ensure the transmission of 1,000 years of Polish Jewish history, and strengthen connections between Poles, Polish Jews, and Jews from around the world.

Staff

  • Helise Lieberman Executive Director

    Ms. Lieberman is the director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland. A former Hillel director, she was the founding principal of the Lauder-Morasha Day School in Warsaw and has served as consultant to the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, the Westbury Group, and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

  • Aleksandra Makuch Associate Director

    Aleksandra holds a BA in linguistics from Jagiellonian University, Kraków and an MA in International Relations from the Tischner European University in Kraków.

  • Jakub Łysiak General Tour Manager

    Jakub joined the Taube Jewish Heritage Tour staff in December 2015. He is an experienced tour assistant, guide, and researcher, having established and managed his own firm, Polin Consulting, in 2007 (now incorporated into TJHT).

  • Paweł Łukaszewicz Program Coordinator

    Among various other duties at the Taube Center, Paweł is the coordinator for Taube Jewish Heritage Tours. He is interested in the topics of Warsaw and urban planning, and the city of Lviv and the region of Eastern Galicia.

  • Jessica Rosenberg Kraków Program Manager

    Jessica manages Taube Jewish Heritage Tours’ program in Krakow and surrounding areas, and works with the Taube Center’s partner organizations both locally and internationally. Jessica has lived in Poland since January 2015, when she served as the JDC Entwine Fellow at Krakow’s Jewish Community Center.

     

  • Aleksandra (Ola) Sajdak Research Associate

    Born in Warsaw, Ola has interned at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and at the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute. She served as a Taube Center intern in 2011 and joined the staff in 2012, bringing her research and computer skills to the team.

  • Natalia Czarkowska Program Associate

    Born and raised in Warsaw, Natalia graduated from Warsaw University with an MA in Political Science. Previously, she worked as a visitor and fundraising specialist at the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland.

  • Patrycja (Pati) Rutecka
    Patrycja (Pati) Rutecka Junior Office Manager

    Patrycja (Pati) Rutecka is the Taube Center’s Junior Office Manager. Pati received a Bachelor’s in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw with a focus on Jewish Culture and Visual Anthropology. Pati is currently enrolled in a postgraduate year program at the Polish Academy of Science. Pati joined the Taube Center team in 2016 as an intern. In 2017, she was appointed Junior Office Manager. Pati is also a member of Hillel Warsaw.  Her passions are architecture and photography.

Scholars

  • Dr. Karen Underhill TJHT Senior Academic Advisor

    Dr. Underhill is assistant professor of Polish literature and Polish-Jewish studies in the  Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Dr. Natalia Aleksiun

    Dr. Aleksiun is associate professor of modern Jewish history in the Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College in New York. A prolific author and editor, she currently co-chairs the Scholars’ Working Group on Women and Gender in Jewish History at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

  • Dr. Tomasz Cebulski

    Dr. Cebulski is a highly experienced, licensed tour leader in Poland and Central Europe. In 2014 he entered into a partnership with POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. He founded and directs Polin Travel, a Jewish genealogy and tour company.

  • Dr. Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska

    An anthropologist and sociolinguist, Dr. Dołowy-Rybińska holds a PhD in cultural studies, and is assistant professor at the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. Her fieldwork concerns minority languages and identity.

  • Dr. Edyta Gawron

    Dr. Gawron is an assistant professor of Jewish Studies and has served as director of the Centre for the Study of the History and Culture of Krakow’s Jews, at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She is president of the Board of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków.

  • Dr. Samuel D. Kassow

    Dr. Samuel Kassow is Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and is the lead historian in two galleries of POLIN Museum’s core exhibition. He is the author of the prize-winning book, Who will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive (Indiana University Press, 2007).

  • Dr. Agi Legutko

    Dr. Legutko is as the Taube Jewish Heritage Tours Academic Advisor. She is a lecturer in Yiddish and the director of the Yiddish Language Program at Columbia University in New York.

  • Dr. Agnieszka Pasieka 

    Dr. Pasieka holds an MA in sociology  from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and a PhD in social anthropology from Martin Luther University in Halle. A published author, she is a research fellow at the Institute for East European History, University of Vienna.

  • Natalia Romik

    Natalia Romik is a PhD candidate in the Department of Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture. In 2013, she established the Senna architectural collective focusing on architectural issues and museum displays, including one for The Museum of Upper Silesian Jews. In 2014, she was awarded a scholarship from the London Arts and Humanities Partnership.

  • Dr. Anna Sommer Schneider

    Dr. Sommer Schneider teaches classes on the Holocaust, Holocaust and Gender, and Jewish Civilization at the Center for Jewish Civilization, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

  • Dr. Jonathan Webber

    Dr. Webber is a social anthropologist and co-curator of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków. He was a founding member of the International Council of the Auschwitz Museum.

Educators

  • Andrzej Brylak

    Andrzej Brylak is a PhD candidate in the Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literature Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Agnieszka Ilwicka

    Agnieszka Ilwicka is a PhD candidate in the Jewish Studies Department at the University of Wrocław. An historian, educator, and Yiddish language lecturer, she is a fellow at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

  • Adam Musiał

    Adam Musiał is a high school teacher, educator, guide, and translator. He is a Kraków city guide, specializing in Jewish Kraków, and also an Auschwitz-Birkenau guide.

  • Joanna Podolska

    Joanna Podolska is a journalist, historian, and lecturer at the University of Łódź. An author of many publications on Jewish life in Łódź and the Łódź Ghetto, she is director of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź.

  • Milena Wicepolska

    Milena Wicepolska is a genealogist and tour guide specializing in the history of Łódź Jews. She is also the founder of the volunteer clean-up project “Bridges” at the Jewish Cemetery of Łódź.