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Jewish Book Days
May 28, 2008   
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Warsaw hosted the 11th Jewish Book Days, a high-profile event dedicated to Jewish literature for four days from May 15. The event included meetings with celebrities such as former Israeli ambassador to Poland Shevah Weiss, in addition to a series of lectures, discussions, exhibitions, concerts, visits to the synagogue, and kosher food tasting sessions. Over four days, more than 30 meetings were held with writers such as Emil Draitser, Erika Fischer and Anna Frajlich, along with a large number of discussions, shows and film screenings. Discussions addressed subjects such as Yiddish culture under communism in Poland, the anti-Zionist campaign of March 1968, and Poland as seen by Israeli writers.

This year, the event's opening ceremony took place at the Nożyków Synagogue, where Polish film director Andrzej Wajda opened an exhibition of his illustrations and actors performed a show based on The Dybbuk, a play by Jewish dramatist Shloyme Zanvl Rappoport, better known as S. Ansky. The production was first staged at Cracow's Stary Theater in 1988.

The Jewish Book Days also saw Israeli dance workshops and a concert by the Rzeszów Klezmer Band.

J.M.
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