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Helena Czernek

MI POLIN (Hebrew for “From Poland”) is the first Judaica company in Poland since World War II. MI POLIN is run by accomplished artist Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar, an award-winning photojournalist. Their original Jewish ritual objects are in the permanent collection of the Jewish Museum (New York) and are carried by the most prominent Jewish museums internationally. Mi Polin was commissioned by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw) to create a commemorative project for the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Sixty thousand paper daffodil badges that they designed are distributed annually across the country to mark the commemoration. They are involved in Jewish education initiatives in Poland and abroad, recently receiving support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to develop programs in Polish public schools related to their signature project creating mezuzot out of imprints of mezuzah traces still found in doorways across Poland. Czernek and Pruger established a foundation to preserve the last physical remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto and Warsaw Uprisings. In Fall 2019, they will in Toronto for an artist-residency including the debut of original exhibitions at the FENTSTER window gallery and the Miles Nadal JCC presented together with Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.