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Częstochowa TSKŻ Celebrates Channukah
2nd December 2018
(Story courtesy Alon Goldman, photos courtesy Asia Sidrowicz)
Members of the Częstochowa TSKŻ and their guests gathered together in the conference hall
of the Jewish Museum of Częstochowa, at ulica Katedralna 8, to celebrate the first night of
Channukah and the lighting of the first candle.
Częstochowa TSKŻ Chairperson Izabela Sobańska-Klekowska welcomed special guests at the
event, including Deputy Mayor of Częstochowa Ryszard Stefaniak, Municipal Museum Director
Tadeusz Piersiak and City Councillor Jolanta Urbanska.
Patricia Zibart-Shifka sang Channukah songs, while the children enjoyed activities associated with the holiday
and the guests enjoyed the holiday's traditional refreshments.
Israeli Częstochowa Landsleit Memorial Evening
20th November 2018
(Source: Alon Goldman)
Holocaust survivors, their families and friends, some of whom had not seen
each other for many years, attended the 2018 Annual Commemoration of Częstochowa
Jews conducted by the Israeli Częstochowa Jews Association. The event was held at
Wolyn House, Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies.
This year's commemoration marked the 76th anniversary of the liquidation
of the "Big Ghetto" in Częstochowa, when some 40,000 Jews were packed
into six cattle trains to be transported to their deaths. The trains left
Częstochowa for Treblinka between 22nd September and 7th October 1942.
Association Chairman and World Society Vice-President, Alon Goldman (pic left),
told the audience of the past year's activities aimed at preserving
Częstochowa Jewish heritage.
Kaddish was recited by Holocaust survivor First Generation Eliezer (Lolek) Kirshenbaum,
while El Male Rachamim was recited by Rabbi Moshe Yehudai. Yad Vashem's Yehuda Yaron spoke
about the contribution of Częstochowa Jews to the establishment ofthe State of Israel. Singer
Shuli Natan provided the musical interlude.
Częstochowa TSKŻ Honoured by the City
10th November 2018
(Pics courtesy TSKŻ)
The City of Częstochowa has honoured the Częstochowa Branch of the TSKŻ
with an award entitled Tym Co Sluza Miastu i Ojczyznie (for Service to the City and
The statuette and certificate were presented by the Mayor of Częstochowa, Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk,
in a ceremony held on 10th November 2018 at the Częstochowa Philharmonic, fittingly, on the site
where our New Synagogue once stood.
Agreement Signed for Jewish History Research Prize at Częstochowa's University
29th October 2018
For the next four years, the Jan Długosz University of Częstochowa will award a prize for the
best piece of new research into the history of the Jewish community of Częstochowa and the surrounding
In the presence of the university's Rector Prof.Dr.hab.Anna Wypych-Gawrońska and history professors
Prof.Dr.hab.Jerzy Mizgalski and Prof.Dr.hab.Janusz Spyra, an agreement was signed between the University
and Andrew Rajcher, who is funding the award in memory of his late parents Wolf and Dora Rajcher.
The award, to be known as
"The Wolf & Dora Rajcher Memorial
will be open to all present and past students
of the University, as well as to University staff.
The winner, each year, will be judged by a jury of specialist professors
Częstochowa Marks 76th Anniversary of Ghetto Liquidation
22nd September 2018
(Story: Alon Goldman, Photos: Asia Sidorowicz, Krzystof Straus, Marcin Szpadrowski)
In a ceremony held at the Umschlagplatz monument, Częstochowa remembered
its Jewish citizens, victims of the Holocaust, by commemorating the 76th anniversary
of the liquidation of the Częstochowa ghetto. The monument site is from where,
between 22nd September and 7th October 1942, six train transports departed for Treblinka,
carrying around 40,000 Jews to their deaths.
Częstochowa Deputy Mayor, Dr. Ryszard Stefaniak, opened the ceremony, which was attended
by around one hundred of the city's, as well as guests from the United States and Israel.
World Society President, Sigmund Rolat, welcomed all to what is an important commemoration,
World Society Vice-President, Alon Goldman, in his address, listed the numerous achievements
accomplished in preserving the city's Jewish heritage, undertaken in recent years in cooperation
with the municipal authorities. These included the erection of the monument in front of which he
was standing and the establishment of the Jewish Museum of Częstochowa. He acknowledged
Sigmund Rolat's great contribution to these project.
Alon stressed that the preservation of the Jewish cemetery, which is largely still being neglected,
is a project that must be completed in partnership with other individuals and organizations.
Alongside the city's Honour Guard, students from the Malczewski and Słowacki High Schools contributed
to the ceremony with poetry reading and a song. A very emotional moment came when Ofri Ben Shitrit, granddaughter
of survivor Giza Segal, came from Israel to attend the ceremony and performed the Hebrew song Shir HaMa'alot,
while her grandmother Giza watched it live on video in Ramat Gan.
Kaddish was recited by Alon Goldman in memory of the 40,000 victims. Several wreathes were then laid
by representatives of the city and by private individuals. Othen then paid their own private tribute at the monument.
On the following day, visiting dignitaries, guests from abroad and locals visited the
to view the "Jews in the Polish Army" Exhibition". (See previous
news item for more details.)
"Jews in the Polish Army" Exhibition at the Częstochowa TSKŻ
15th September 2018
The Częstochowa TSKŻ (Social-Cultural Association of Jews)
was the venue for the opening of the "Jews in the Polish Army" exhibition,
in the presence of Częstochowa Deputy Mayor Ryszard Stefaniak and
Częstochowa Museum Director Tadeusz Piersiak.
The exhibition was created through the efforts of the HADAR Committee,
together with the Polish Military Centre for Civic Education, the Polish
Army Museum, the Katyń Museum, the Jewish Historical Institute and
the TSKŻ in Poland. It has already been displayed in other Polish cities
The exhibition consists of eighteen panels telling the stories of Jewish
soldiers in the Polish Army who fought in Polish uprisings and battles during
the 19th and 20th centuries. As well as presenting the Jewish resistance movements
and the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, it tells how Jews fought for Poland's
freedom and independence.
The exhibition was brought to Częstochowa thanks to the efforts of
Częstochowa TSKŻ Chair, Izabela Sobańska-Klekowska and Deputy-Chair
World Society Vice-President Alon Goldman Co-ordinates Major Cemetery Clean-Up
(Source: Alon Goldman)
After many years of neglect, a major step has been taken to clean-ep Częstochowa's Jewish Cemetery.
It was a complex task, laden with serious concerns but, in the end, it was made possible thanks to the
determination, perseverance, a great deal of goodwill and the great help of the good people who volunteered
for the task.
Due to the size of the cemetery (the third largest Jewish cemetery in Poland), it became clear that it
would not be possible to deal with the entire area at one time, so that two plots were chosen to begin the work
- one, to the left of the main path, on either side of the mass graves, the other, at the top and on the right
sidee of the cemetery, past the mass grave of the ŻOB fighters. As with the rest of the cemetery, these
two areas were overtaken by dense ground vegetation and a large number of trees which, over the years, had fallen
due to the weather.
Cutting the trees would not have been possible without the help of skilled professionals. With great effort, dozens
of fallen tree trunks were cut into pieces small enough to be moved, by volunteers, to the main path from where
they could be removed from the cemetery. The logs and vegetation cleared off graves were shredded into wood chips,
which we then scattered on the ground throughout the cleared area in order to delay the re-growth of wild vegetation.
This work could not have happened without the good people who enlisted for this mission. World Society Vice-President,
Alon Goldman, expressed his thanks Pastor Steven D. Reece, Director of the American Matzevah Foundation, and to Prszemek
Panasiuk, Director of its activities in Poland. He also thanks the excellent professionals who joined this mission, who
arrived well-equipped and who were knowledgeable and skillful.
Volunteers from the Fundacja Chrześcijańska Adullam (pics above) also joined in the work. This is an association of
hardworking people living in, what was, the Jewish Ghetto area of Częstochowa, Under the leadership of Robert
Kamela, they dragged and removed heavy trunks, cleared branches, trimmed vegetation, operated scythes, and did whatever
was asked of them. We thank them so much and also thank Mrs. Elżbieta Ferenc, Director of the Fundacja,
for your friendship and cooperation.
Over 200 volunteers - Częstochowa residents, graduates and students of elementary and high schools - came to work
in the cemetery. Special thanks go to the dozens of Częstochowa students from the Słowackie, Biegański,
Kopernicus, Gastronomic and Technicom high schools, as well as to students of the Kamieńskie Młynyl elementary
school, all of whom arrived each morning, motivated to learn and to help. Alon Goldman praised them all for their
involvement and goodwill.
The World Society Vice-President also thanked Częstochowa Mayor, Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk, and the few, but generous,
Landsleit in Israel and all over the world, without whose support and generous contributions it would not be
possible to bring this week of work to completion.
Click HERE to see how local channel TV ORION covered the clean-up!