Event Calendar

Upcoming Events

80th Year Commemoration of Gombin’s Jewish Community

April 22, 2022 12:00 am | Gąbin, Poland

In April of 1942, the Nazi invaders deported the last 2100 Jews from the Gombin ghetto to The Chelmno Death Camp where they were murdered. On April 22, the Staszica School Complex will hold an educational program for its students related to this tragic Jewish history. A small group of Jewish Gombiners will travel to Poland and participate. On Sunday afternoon, April 24, a commemorative community march will take place from the Historic Marker in the Old Market Square, through the streets of the former Jewish ghetto to the Firemen’s Field — the site where Jews awaited their deportations. We will remember the 2,100. While we recognize that this is a difficult time to plan international travel, Jewish Gombiners are invited to attend. If you can’t attend, you can donate to support this Yahrzeit.

Virtual Gombin #11

April 24, 2022 12:00 am | Virtual Gombin Tour

On Sunday, April 24th (time to be determined) Virtual Gombin #11, will be hosted from Gąbin by members of the Gombin Society who are traveling to Poland to participate in several days of activities related to the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the destruction of the Jewish community in 1942.

Anita Greenbaum Brush, Vicki Fingeroot, Marlene Rifkin, and Michael Shade will host a Zoom call, along with Wojtek and Karen Wasilewski and our partner organizations, reviewing the activities at the Staszic School and the Community March where they will read the names of some of the 2300 Jews from the ghetto who were deported and murdered at Chełmno . Video footage of the weekend’s events will be shown.

More information to come, including invite registration.

2022 Annual Meeting

November 4, 2022 12:00 am | US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Gombin Society will be held at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC on November 4 and 5, 2022.

More information will be forthcoming, including the agenda, report on the Museum’s Gombin collection, business meeting, election of officers, registration and hotel arrangements, etc.

Past Events

Virtual Gombin #6: Lindsey Max

April 18, 2021 2:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

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 #10: What does Jewish Gombin mean to us today?

February 20, 2022 2:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

What does the memory of Jewish Gombin mean to me today? What are we looking for and why?  There are as many answers as people looking.  Join us to hear a few of them.

Virtual Gombin Tour: Unveiling the Historical Marker Ceremony in Gabin

June 10, 2021 10:00 am | Gabin Town Square and Online

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.

Virtual Gombin #5: Virtual (Passover) Seder

March 28, 2021 2:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

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: “Gombiners on the Move: The Frankensztajn Family’s 200 Years of Migration”

February 28, 2021 2:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

Presenter: Michael Shade, Brighton U.K.

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

January 24, 2021 2:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

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

January 15, 2021 5:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

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!

Gombin and Poland in the 1920s and 30s

December 6, 2020 2:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

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 Tour of the Gombin Synagogue

October 25, 2020 2:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

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

October 2, 2020 5:00 pm | Virtual Gombin Tour

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!

Gombin Society Annual Meeting

November 16, 2019 10:00 am | New York City

Guest Speaker: Karina von Tippelskirch, Associate Professor of German and German Program Coordinator Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University, authority on the works of Rajzel Zychlinsky and European authors who fled persecution in the past century.

Gombin Society 90th Anniversary Celebration

May 19, 2013 12:00 am | New York City

Photos, speeches, and presentations from the historic event. Proceeds went toward Phase II of the Gombin Jewish Cemetery Restoration initiative.

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