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The Rejowiec Congregation in Israel – Memory of the Home Town in Poland


Fifth National Seminar of the Israel Genealogical Society
PRESERVING MEMORY: FAMILY and COMMUNITY
Tuesday, 1 December 2009 at The Museum of the Jewish People [Beit Hatfutsot]
Tel Aviv University

The Rejowiec Congregation in Israel -
Memory of the Home Town in Poland

קהילת יוצאי רייביץ (פולין) – שימור זכרון העיירה
Tova Waks
 The survivors of a small town inPoland, Rejowiec, established in1948 inIsrael an organization in memory of the families who were exterminated in the Holocaust. During the years the organization perpetuated the people and the town in many ways. The most impressive and effective way to keep the memory of Rejowiec is by having a memorial ceremony every year. In addition to the traditional memorial ceremony, each year we dedicate the meeting to a subject connected to the life of our families in Rejowiec. The desire of the young generation to learn more about their heritage and the shortage of information encourage me to keep the organization going and to make sure that any Rejowiec descendant has an address where he can request information.
The Rejowiec families were connected by marriage it helps to put together the family tree.
Biography
Born inRussiain 1944, to Polish parent who fled toRussiarunning away from the Germans. Immigrated toIsraelin 1949, lives in Petach Tikva since then.
M.Sc in Biochemistry fromBarIlanUniversityinRamat Gan. Working as a research assistance in the department of Immunology in the Weizmann Institute of Science. In the last 15 years serving as the president of the organization of Rejowiec survivors inIsrael. Rejowiec is the hometown of my parent. Involved in keeping the memorial meetings every year and presenting subjects on the history and life in the small town before the war. Organized tours of the second generation toPolandemphasizing the culture and history of our families who lived there Involved in the activities of the second generation organization by Yad Vashem-Dorot Hemshech.
The above written contains the private opinion of the lecturer and is solely his responsibility.
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