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Nobel Watch and ‘News of the Week’

A Nobel Peace Prize ‘watch’ will be held this Friday morning from 7:00-8:00 AM at the Lowell Milken Center in downtown Fort Scott at 4 South Main. The public is invited. A light breakfast will be available. Good luck, Irena.

Nobel and Ninth Year

The announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize will be made in mid October with the ceremony in early December. Irena is one of 181 nominees for this year’s prize.

The Today Show

Last week’s Today Show segment was beautifully received around the world. Bob Dotson of the Today Show is a gentleman and fell in love with Irena and the students. We’re sorry about giving you incorrect times for the airing; we had no idea when it was going to show, or what the Today show planned to air. We were very pleased to see that the courage and valor of Irena and the love of the students for her story was shown in such a tasteful light.

Life in a Jar to New York City

Life in a Jar presented in the New York City area twice last weekend and had a wonderful experience. The people at Croton-on-Hudson were great, and the children in the audience were so attentive and respectful. The Temple Shalom presentation had a full house, thanks to Audrey Durst (Sheldon, her husband was so kind) and her beautiful group.

Life in a Jar Presentations

Life in a Jar has presented in the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

News of the Month

On June 3rd, Megan Stewart and Kenny Felt were married.  Megan is a founder of the Irena Sendler Project and the most active student over the past seven years; Kenny is also active with the project.  They are a wonderful couple.  We wish this beautiful couple the best, knowing they are so involved with repairing the world.

Maryland Presentations

What a great series of Life in a Jar presentations in Maryland.  From Temple Beth Ami in Rockville to Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore to B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, the audiences thrilled us.

1st Irena Sendler Awards

From the Palace of the Foreign Minister of Poland in Warsaw: The 1st Irena Sendler Awards were given out. Irena presented the awards to Robert Szuchta, teacher in Poland, and Mr. Conard. A press conference and reception followed. The ceremonies were held at the Palace of the Foreign Minister, with many dignitaries (including the Israeli Ambassador, German Ambassador and three members of the American Embassy). Television, radio and news media told the story all over Poland, teachers making a difference by teaching the Holocaust, by teaching respect for all people in the spirit of Irena Sendler. Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising spoke, and his words were passionate. We offer our deepest thanks to Metuka Benjamin for her effort in making this possible.

Irena looked lovely; she has such energy and always words of wisdom. Time spent with her is more than precious.

Elzbieta Ficowska put these programs together, doing such a magnificent work. We salute her. Renata Zadjman, Tomasz Kasprzak and Ewa Chalinska (Children of the Holocaust organization) provided helping hands.

Irena’s daughter Janka and many others were at the Thursday awards and reception and at the Friday press conference and reception.

We thank the Minister of Education and the Minister of Foreign Affairs for their assistance.

We’d like to give a big hug to Andreas, Ania, Filip and Karol for all the kindness and love.

Tosia Kasprzak and many others helped with translation. Also a thanks to Justyna, Chris, Ludwik, Jadwiga, Jerzy, Jacek, Dr. Glowinski, Andrew, and so many others….who did we leave out?

More notes from Cincinnati – “Life in a Jar, has been the buzz around the Cincinnati community for the last week, all who saw the performance were inspired.”

Cincinnati Presentation

What a beautiful time in Cincinnati.  Life in a Jar presented at Children’s Hospital to students from the city and at the Yavneh Day School.

Poland Trip

Our trip to Poland took us to many places, the beautiful city in the south, Krakow,  where, by the way, we purchased two suitcases from the Jewish Quarter for our performances, both from the 1930s.  Several of the child survivors commented about the authenticity of our performance.

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