Making Art from Traces of a Jewish Past

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Bram and Bluma Appel Salon

789 Yonge Street

#2nd floor

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

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Join Warsaw-based artists Helena and Aleksander for an illustrated presentation on their adventures through former Jewish communities into bustling shops, abandoned buildings and quiet courtyards, interacting with locals and returning relatives. It's a surprising and inspiring story of making Jewish art in Poland today.

Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar will appear in conversation with award-winning writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis.


MI POLIN (Hebrew for "from Poland") is the first Judaica company established in Poland since World War II. Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar, its founders, see their work as a way of strengthening their Polish-Jewish identity, extending the legacy of 1,000 years of Jewish life and creativity in Poland. Their passion project has taken them across the country in search of traces of mezuzot still found on doorposts of homes, gateways and apartments. Over the last six years, Helena and Aleksander have driven over 50,000 kilometers and visited over 70 cities and towns with their journeys extending into the Ukraine, Belarus and Romania. When they discover a trace of mezuzah that once hung there, they make a mold of the space left behind and cast a new bronze mezuzah, creating a positive shape from the negative space. They have created more than 100 mezuzahs, often visiting a new city at the request of descendants of Polish-Jewish families around the world. Each trip is followed up with archival research, unlocking the stories of the Jewish families that once lived in these homes.

This event is presented in partnership with FENTSTER, The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and The Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.



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Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 6 pm, but doors open at 5:30 pm. Come early so you can chat with your fellow literature lovers, and make new friends. As with all Appel Salon events, we'll have a cash bar with a selection of beers, wine, and liquor, as well as sandwiches and snacks.




This event is part of our literary series, The Other Shelf, where we present exceptional writers in a smaller space. These events are held in the Novella Room in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Check out the full lineup at tpl.ca/appelsalon

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Bram and Bluma Appel Salon

789 Yonge Street

#2nd floor

Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

Canada

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