December 2018 Exhibit
The JCC and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Present
They Risked Their Lives: Poles Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust

This exhibition, on loan from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Washington DC., represents a compilation of stories that were collected as part of the Warsaw-based POLIN Museum project known as The Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History. Financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the show presents the faces, stories, and emotions of the “Polish Righteous” – and those they rescued – to the world. It also seeks to portray what motivated people to rescue others at great peril, the activities of the Polish Underground and Polish Government-in-Exile, as well as the personal stories of priests and nuns who chose to save Jewish lives. A reception and free documentary screening of Szymon’s Return, will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 6:30-7:30 pm, which tells the story of Shimon Redlich, a Holocaust survivor who returns to places from his child-hood as well as different hiding places in his struggle to survive. The film features archival footage from the 1948 Yiddish film “Unzere Kinder,” where Shimon played a role as a child actor. A collector of memories and a seeker of good will, Shimon takes us on a journey through Poland and Ukraine, uncovering the brighter sides of the darkest of times. The film’s director Sławomir Grünberg will introduce the film and hold a Q&A following the screening. Dr. Maria H. Makowiecka of Bergen Community College, who helped curate the local exhibit, will also present remarks.

Dec 3 – 31 | Special Film Screening of Szymon’s Return, Wed, Dec 19, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free

Located on the second floor of the JCC, the Waltuch Gallery is a community space that exhibits thematically Jewish artwork, or art produced by a Jewish artist. Artists are mostly local, though some exhibits feature artists from around the country and the world. The Waltuch Gallery exhibit and receptions are free and open to the community. All of the work on exhibit is for sale and a portion of the proceeds go to support programming efforts in the JCC.

If you are interested in displaying in the Waltuch Gallery, please click here for the application. Your completed application, along with 5 image files of your work should be emailed to Nina Bachrach at If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Nina at 201.408.1406 or at the email above.