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Virtual Gombin Archives

Virtual Gombin #7: Unveiling the Historical Marker Ceremony in Gabin

This extraordinary “hybrid” event will be held June 9th at 4pm in Poland (3pm in UK, 10am EDT, 7am Pacific, 5pm in Israel). A live event will take place in Gąbin with the Mayor and Polish guests. Comments from other Polish and International friends will be on-line. A video link will be available, and instructions will be sent in early June. More information to follow. Please RSVP by contacting us at secretary@gombinsociety.org and plan to participate. This event was featured in an article from the Nasz Gabin website: “Żyjemy nadal- odsłonięcie Tablicy Pamięci Społeczności Żydowskiej Gąbina” (English: “We go on… Read More »


Virtual Gombin #6: Lindsey Max

   In Virtual Gombin Tour #6, Lindsey Max talks about “History Lost and Found: Tracing My Gombiner Roots Through the Jewish Diaspora”, an article she wrote for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. In personal and authentic language, Lindsey describes the genealogical journey that took her to discover her Gombiner roots. That journey took her around the world, to the Gombin shtetl in Poland and back to New Jersey, where she delved into the history of the Gombin Society.


Virtual Gombin #5: Virtual (Passover) Seder

Join fellow Gombiners to remotely, but enthusiastically, celebrate the Passover. Vicky Fingeroot and others will lead a brief version of the seder with candle lighting, blessings over the ritual seder plate, matzoh, wine. Will include excerpts from the Haggadah, poetry, remembrance of Passover in Gombin, and a chance for Gombiners to chat and interact, remotely, of course.


Virtual Gombin Tour #4: “They call him ‘Gąbinski’; 200 years of migration: Part 1 – Town and Country”

  Gombiner Michael Shade from Brighton U.K. presented at the 4th Virtual Gombin tour. Michael is an experienced genealogist and historian of Jewish families in the Mazovian region of Poland, having studied his own family and helped other Gombiners work on theirs. He has spoken at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, to high school students in Gabin, and at Gabin’s commemoration of the start of World War II. In this Virtual Gombin, Michael focused on his famously named Frankensztejn family’s 200-year history of migration.  


Virtual Gombin #3: “The Poetry of Rajzel Zychlinski”

Professor Karina Von Tippelskirch of Syracuse University read from the work of renown Gombiner Yiddish poet, Rajzel Zychlinski, and discussed the importance of her work. Scott Harris lead the event.


Virtual Shabbat #2

Please join Gombiners from all over the world for a Virtual Shabbat on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5pm (Eastern time). Vicky Fingeroot will lead a Shabbat candle lighting with blessings and opportunities to share and chat (on zoom, of course). Please forward this message to your family! Zoom Meeting details coming soon!


Virtual Gombin #2: Gombin and Poland in the 1920s and 30s

Anita Greenbaum-Brush Presents: “Hope, Change and Loss; Gombin and Poland during the 20s and 30s” Anita will use historic photographs, documents and memoires to introduce us to the life of the Jewish community in Gombin during a vibrant period of cultural, religious, and economic life. This period was known as Poland’s 2nd Republic between the end of World War I and the Nazi invasion. Many of our families’ memories and stories come from this period.


Virtual Gombin #1: Virtual Tour of the Gombin Synagogue

About 50 Gombiners and friends from the U.S., U.K., Poland, Europe, and Israel participated in a ½ hour virtual tour of the iconic Gombin Synagogue; Bernie Guyer led the tour.  That Synagogue was at the center of the town’s Jewish life for more than 200 years.  Photographs, the scale model of the synagogue, and an excerpt of the virtual video tour of the Synagogue’s interior are shown; Anita Greenbaum Brush reads from her father’s memoire of Yom Kippur in Gombin.  The tour concludes with renderings of the proposed memorial plaque installation that is currently pending approval. 


Virtual Shabbat #1

Please join Gombiners from all over the world for a Virtual Shabbat on Friday, October 2, 2020 (Sukkot) at 5pm (Eastern time). Have your kiddush cup, candle sticks and challah ready, whether in your sukkah or kitchen. A lay-member of the Board will lead you in informal Shabbat blessings and song. Please forward this message to your family!