October was a great month for us... full of ethnic pride on so many levels. I hope you enjoyed it. In Poland they recover from a busy fall by spending some time in solemn reflection and remembrance. Wszystkich Świętych (All Saints Day) and Dzien Zaduszny (All Souls day) on November 1 and 2 are big events for Polish Catholics. All Saints is a national holiday and many Poles travel long distances to visit graves, place long burning candles there and remember their family dead. Found an interesting blog that includes a poem about the holiday by Polish-American poet Oriana Ivy. Check out our video about this and Read More
Oy Vey! It will be a Oysergeveyntlekh Polish Happy Hour
Klezmerklatch: A Celebration of Yiddish Life in Old Poland
Thursday, Nov. 10 5:30- 9 PM Kravitz’s Deli, Belmont Ave., Liberty
From as far back as the 11th Century to 1931, 92 percent of the world’s Jews made their home in Eastern Europe with the majority in Poland. Unfortunately, the horror that followed overshadows that colorful shared history. So we are coming together to celebrate it! In addition to the beer, drinks and food that you love plus special Jack Kravitz is putting together a special Klezmerklatch Platter—a combo of Polish and Jewish foods prepared the way they might have been in an Ashkenazi household in Bialystok in the early 1900s.
To keep with the theme, we have several special treats:
· a Yiddish language talk and quiz. Get a head start here
· live music with a Klezmer combo. Get a taste of it here
· A lecture-performance by internationally renowned Cleveland-based violinist and Klezmer expert, Steven Greenman
Our non-profit partner this month is the K-7 elementary school Akiva Academy. Bring a new or lightly used book for the school library and get entered into the drawing for a door prize! You know we like to educate you while we entertain you, but this month sets the bar at a new height even for us! Don’t miss it!
Our timing couldn’t be better…
This week rabbis from across Europe have gathered in Warsaw for the largest meeting of Jewish religious leaders in Poland since the community was virtually wiped out during World War II. During the last 30 years, the Jewish population in Poland has rebuilt from just a few thousand to more than 20,000. READ MORE about this and other news in Poland at our Polish Media Watch.
Monumental Effort for Veterans Remembrance
The effort to build upon the work with our Veteran’s Monument activity was recognized this past weekend. Team Member Lisa Skomora-Lotze is working to compile a list of monuments in the tri-county area. The goal is to check on their care as well as create at least an annual visitation system for them. Lotze will be in Peterson Park on Saturday from 11-1. Stop by and learn more about this project and other efforts. Todd Franko, editor of the Youngstown Vindicator made it the topic of his weekly column. READ MORE
Put a Little Polish in Your Christmas
November kicks off the holiday shopping season and, as such, we wanted to encourage you to think of adding some Polish-related items to your shopping list. We will be releasing a catalog of ideas to you next week. If you can’t wait, make the drive to Polishfest at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. Lawrence Kozlowski, the folk artist that has hosted the Christmas and Easter workshops, host the event in the beautiful gothic cathedral structure. Free admission, homemade food, folk art demonstrations, performances and one-of-a-kind vendors make for a great afternoon. For more information, call 412-231-1493
Speaking of Christmas...
Tickets are on sale now for Polish Arts Club of Youngstown Annual Wigilia Dinner Sunday, December 4 from 12-5 PM at The Youngstown Club. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $30/person, $50/couple, $10/children (ages 6-12) with those 5 and under free. Nothing will ever compare with last year’s Mazowsze performance but we think we’ve got something you’ll enjoy. Andrzejki fortune telling during cocktails…A Polish Christmas Market to help with your holiday shopping and an interactive theatre presentation of the traditional Jasełka, Nativity play. What part will you play? It will be a great afternoon! Call 330-647-9634 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.
Ready to be Presented
The Kosciuszko Foundation’s Debutante Presentation at its Dinner and Ball has been the premiere Polish American social event for more than 75 years. This year's ball will be on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The Foundation wants to instill in young Polish American women a sense of traditional values, education, and conduct in sophisticated social settings. Every participant says it is an exciting and elegant experience that makes memories to last a lifetime. PolishYoungstown would love to help sponsor a candidate from our area. Let us know if you are interested! LEARN MORE
Sunday, Nov. 13 Polishfest at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning...Saturday, Nov. 19 Zatanczmy: A Celebration of Polish Folk Dance... Sunday, Dec. 4 Polish Arts Club Wigilia Christmas Dinner...Thursday, Dec. 8 PHH at the Arms Museum...
Do Zobaczenia! (Until we meet again…)
Your PolishYoungstown Team