Join Rob Leikind, Executive Director American Jewish Committee New England, and Les Fagan, AJC New England Board of Directors, to discuss the complexities of Jewish life in Poland. The beginnings of a Jewish renaissance in Poland, experienced in recent years, is under threat due to the adoption of the Polish Bill regarding Holocaust blame. This interactive discussion will provide historical background as well as an update on recent events and the implications for ongoing Jewish/Polish relations. The Jewish experience in Poland, historically and today, is an extremely emotional and sometimes volatile topic. Join us as we seek a clear understanding of issues facing Polish Jewry today.
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About the Speakers
Rob Leikind has been regional director of AJC New England since 2008. During his tenure, he has helped establish a vibrant organization of lay and professional leaders, who have become significant contributors to AJC’s global advocacy network. Rob is an innovator who has worked to promote human rights and democratic values, enhance intergroup understanding, and promote the security and well-being of Jews and other vulnerable peoples in the United States, Israel and around the world.
Les Fagen is a member of the Board of Directors of AJC New England and recently prepared a report for AJC on the recent Polish Holocaust law. He is the son of two Schindler’s List survivors, and has a keen interest in Polish Jewish affairs and will be traveling to Poland for his fourth time this summer. He has participated in the Forum for Dialogue, a Polish program that promotes education about Jewish history and culture in small towns around Poland, working to eradicate anti-semitism. He is a senior partner at the law firm of Cooley LLP.