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Musical Shabbat with Jonathan Ornstein and Happie Hoffman

Friday, January 13, 2023 20 Teves 5783

6:30 PM - 8:30 PMATJC






Since its opening in April 2008 by The Prince of Wales, Jonathan has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow,
Poland, an organization devoted to rebuilding Jewish life in Krakow. The JCC boasts over 750 Jewish members, welcomes 10,000 visitors a month and has
become one of Poland’s most visible signs of Jewish revival. He created Ride For The Living and Holocaust Survivor Day, two global initiatives with tens of thousands of participants.

Prior to the JCC’s opening in 2008, he lectured in Modern Hebrew at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University Department of Jewish Studies for 6 years and founded the “Gesher” association for Polish-Israeli dialogue. A native of New York City, Jonathan moved to Israel in 1994, living for 7 years on a kibbutz in the Negev desert and served in a combat unit in the I.D.F. before moving to Poland in 2001.

He is a founding member of the Krakow Association of Christians and Jews where he serves as vice president. He also serves on the boards of the Krakow branch of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust organization, Hillel Poland, JCC Global and the Abraham Global Peace Initiative. 

Jonathan, a primary architect of Poland’s contemporary Jewish rebirth, is a frequent international speaker and media contributor on issues relating to Jewish Poland, and an activist for Holocaust survivors. 


Happie Hoffman is a cantorial solist, who is a gifted folk singer trained in opera at Indiana University, she has literally traveled the world this past decade, earning a national and global reputation for her Jewish music and leadership as musical director of BBYO International. 

Her guest faculty roles and performances range from March of the Living and the International Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at Auschwitz to AIPAC, Austin’s SXSW, and Sundance Film Festival. Her past High Holyday services have spanned from Vermont to Hawaii. Happie has been leading Shabbat services weekly via Skype, Zoom, and in-person to Jewish communities in Australia, Israel, Russia, and throughout Europe. Social justice is at the core of Happie’s Jewish passions. 

Happie's visit is graciously sponsored by Michael and Margie Blasberg.


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