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Sunday, March 11 • TBA
Return of the Jew & The Meshugene Effect

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Over the past few decades, Poland has become a hotbed of contemporary Jewish identity debate—in Europe, but perhaps even more so in North America and in Israel, where we fnd so many descendants of Polish Jews. "The Meshugene Effect" is a research-creation project situated in a socio- cultural milieu, which has been receiving much attention in academic and popular circles.
Since the fall of communism, thousands of people in Poland have discovered Jewish roots. Among them is a peculiar category of those, whose discovery was preceded by a ‘hunch’ – an irrational conviction that they were Jewish before they actually knew they were Jewish. Katka Reszke tries to make sense of the personal narratives of several Polish women (including her own), who embarked on a pursuit of Jewish identity following a feeling, an intuition, an uncanny precognition about their Jewish descent. These self-narratives reveal different ways of making sense of extraordinary experiences of memory and transition set against the landscape of troubled Polish-Jewish history and a new curious Polish-Jewish present.

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Katka Reszke

Katka Reszke is a Polish-born, U.S.-based writer, documentary filmmaker, photographer,performer, and researcher in Jewish identities. Author of Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013),Katka holds a Doctorate in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and iscurrently a Visiting Scholar at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at BrandeisUniversity, as well as a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She lectures ondiferent aspects of the Polish Jewish experience at educational and cultural venues across theglobe.As a writer and filmmaker, Reszke specializes in Polish-Jewish history and relations, as well ashuman rights, social justice, minority and gender issues. Katka’s documentary flams includeShimon’s Returns (2014) and Coming Out Polish Style (2011). She also served as chief screenwriter and co-editor of the acclaimed partially animated film Karski... Read More →


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