Lublin Jewish Organisation in Israel
Lublin Jewish Organization brings together people of Jewish origin with family connections with Lublin, including the second and third generation, children and grandchildren of Lubliners. The organization is based in Israel in Tel-Aviv.
Jews from Lublin in Israel
In 1946, Sima Mandelsberg founded a charity fund whose purpose was to support refugees who came from Europe to Palestine.
On November 9, 1949, on the 7th anniversary of the liquidation of the Majdan Tatarski ghetto, Israel celebrated the Day of Remembrance of Lublin' Jewish community for the first time. It is also the date of the Lublin Jewish Organization in Israel first meeting, establishing its activity.
Lublin Jewish Organization associates people, who have family connections to the city or region of Lublin, also those who are second or third post-war generation. Its first chairman was Dawid Sztokfisz, next one – Aleksander Szryft. Current president of organization is Tzvika Shulman. The seat of the organization is in Tel Aviv, Israel.
It aims for the remembrance of the Shoah and history of Jews of Lublin, getting to know the family history and roots. Means used to achieve these goals are the meetings in Israel which commemorate important events related to the history of Lublin Jews. The most important reason that ensures the continuation of these activities, and makes subsequent generations join these actions is the sense of sentimental and emotional attachment to Lublin.
In Lublin the organization is involved in spreading Israeli contemporary culture and art, for example by promotion of Israeli artists. Since 2001 the Landsmanshaft has cooperated with the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre.
"Kol Lublin" – annual of the Landsmanshaft of Lublin Jews in Israel
"Kol Lublin" ("Voice of Lublin") is an annual edited and published by Lublin Jewish Organization in Israel. The first issue was published in 1962 as a part of commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the extermination of Jews of Lublin. Newspaper contains articles on culture, language and tradition of Lublin Jewish community. In addition to testimonies of Survivors, articles by Shoah historians are published. First issues of the magazine were published in Yiddish. Currently, first language of the newspaper is Hebrew, and some texts are also translated into English.
Books of Memory – „Sefer Zikkaron Lublin”
Books of Memory were created after the war in order to commemorate Jewish community – inhabitants of concrete cities and towns – which was annihilated in result of the Shoah. It was the initiative of individual landsmanshaftn, both in Israel and in diaspora.
Lublin has two Books of Memory. One of them was published in Paris, in 1952, another "Sefer Zikkaron Lublin" – in 1957, in Tel Aviv. Texts that are included in them have historical, reporting or memoir character and are related to both, the life of Jewish community in Lublin before the war, and the Shoah itself.
Books of Memory are important research material, that presents the story of Jewish population from the Jewish perspective. In 2009 UMCS Publishing House published an anthology of texts taken from the selected Books of Memory, written in various countries and languages about the life and extermination of Polish Jewish community.
Chairman and the members of Lublin Jewish Organisation
- Dr. Avraham Kerszman – first chairman of the Lublin Jewish Organisation
- Dr. Joseph Szlakman
- Dawid Sztokfisz (1912–2008) – the creator and editor of the "Kol Lublin" annual
- Matityahu (Mates) Horn – the chairman in 1985–1997.
- Aleksander Szryft (1920–?) – the chairman in 1997–2003.
- Joseph Dakar (1948–) – the chairman in 2003–2017
- Tzvika Shulman – the chairman since 2018.
Collaboration with the "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre
Lublin Jewish Organization has been collaborating with the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre since 2001. Its member, Neta Żytomirska-Avidar brought to Lublin Żytomirski family pictures, which started the project "Henio Żytomirski - History of One Life".
In 2007, the president of the city of Lublin Adam Wasilewski, and the vice-president Włodzimierz Wysocki were invited to Israel for the commemoration of the prisoners of the Lager in 7 Lipowa Street. The presidents met 50 members of the Lublin Jewish Organization and jointly laid wreaths during the commemoration.