The Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland was founded and registered in the United States of America as an independent, non-profit organization in 2016. We are an IRS-approved 501 (c) (3) public charity qualified to receive tax deductible gifts under US law and we continue to be GuideStar GOLD Seal of Transparency-certified!
Our primary mission is to protect and commemorate the surviving sites and monuments of Jewish cultural heritage in Poland. A major beneficiary of our work is the Poland-based "Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland", also known as FODŻ.
In 2020, we co-organized and co-sponsored an international internet conference to promote the protection and restoration of the Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Read more about this work by clicking here and here.
Projects include cemetery and synagogue maintenance and restoration. Through FODŻ, we are supporting renovation of the Old Lublin Jewish cemetery's historical wall, the synagogues at Przysucha and Radzanów, the Jewish cemetery of Goniądz and installation of a memorial at the Janów Sokólski Jewish cemetery.
We are also supporting a full restoration project at the Tarnów Jewish cemetery and another at the Przasnysz Jewish cemetery. Board members: Michael Berkowicz, Herbert Block, Perry Dane, Jill Leibman, Dan Oren (President), Stephen Saltzman, Judah Shechter, Elizabeth Szancer, Gideon Taylor, Michael Traison
Legal formalities: Our legal name is "Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland". Our federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 81-3052620.