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Lecture by Philip Earl Steele, concert by the band Sztetl and educational workshops. We commemorate the 50th anniversary of David Ben Gurion’s passing

On December 1, 1973, David Ben-Gurion passed away. Next week, we invite you to three events that we are organizing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing.

👉 November 30 (Thursday), at 6 p.m

Lecture by Philip Earl Steele on David Ben-Gurion and the origins of the Zionist movement

Płońsk Memorial House, 2 Warszawska Street,

free admission, limited number of seats

Philip Earl Steele – historian of early Zionism associated with the Center for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, residing in Poland for many years. Author, among others, publications: “On Theodor Herzl’s Encounters with Zionist Thought and Efforts prior to his Conversion in the Spring of 1895” (Centre for Historical Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Berlin-Warsaw, 2023) and “Birthing Zionism” (Fathom Journal, London- Jerusalem, 2023).

👉 December 1 (Friday), 6 p.m

Concert of the band Sztetl

Cinema and entertainment hall of the Municipal Cultural Center in Płońsk, 50 Płocka Street

tickets: 10 PLN, available from November 22 at the MCK ticket office and on the website www.mckplonsk.pl

Sztetl is a klezmer project founded out of longing for the Jewish culture and tradition that flourished in the interwar period. The band is one of the winners honored at the Polish Radio Nowa Tradycja Folk Festival 2013. The idea to create the band was born in Warsaw, although the musicians creating the collective come from Sejny, a small town in north-eastern Poland. Each musician began learning to play the instrument from an adventure with klezmer music. The band performed in clubs and centers closely related to Jewish culture, the Presidential Palace, weddings and dance events. What distinguishes Sztetl from other klezmer formations is a very strong attachment to traditional sounds and building a repertoire based solely on source materials, sheet music and recordings of Jews from the interwar period.

The band: Radek Polakowski (accordion, violin, vocals), Tomasz Stawiecki (clarinet), Karol Makowski (trombone), Mateusz Bartosiewicz (drums)

👉December 2 (Saturday), at 11.00 a.m.

Educational workshops dedicated to David Ben Gurion

carried out thanks to funding from the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland as part of the project entitled: “Restoring the memory of the former Jewish communityof Płońsk – educational workshops in the Płońsk Memorial House”,

Płońsk Memorial House, 2 Warszawska Street

free admission, registration required: +48 505 996 699 (in Polish), limited number of places

Workshop participants will learn about David Ben-Gurion, during the artistic part they will make a collage, and they will also visit the exhibition “Glance and recall!” in the Memorial House.

Feel invited to join us during the events!

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