Dr Alicja Maślak-Maciejewska is a historian specializing in Jewish Studies, currently a faculty member at the Department of Jewish History in the Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University. Her academic interests include the history of Jews in the 19th century, the history of Galician Jewry, progressive Judaism and progressive synagogues (especially in Krakow and Lviv) in the Polish lands.
Alicja Maślak-Maciejewska defended her PhD thesis in the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University. She also holds two MA diplomas granted by this university – in Art History and in Jewish Studies. In the past, she studied at the University of Burgundy, University of Warsaw, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem; she also conducted research at the University of Maryland in College Park and at Tel Aviv University. Besides her native Polish, she knows English, German, Hebrew, French and Yiddish. She is the author of the book Rabin Szymon Dankowicz (1834-1910) – życie i działalność (Rabbi Szymon Dankowicz /1834-1910/ - life and work) and of a number of articles devoted to the history of progressive Judaism and the history of Galician Jewry (some of them are available HERE >>).
Alicja Maślak-Maciejewska will be in residence at POLIN Museum and the Emmanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute from May to August 2017. During her GEOP Research Fellowship she will be working on a book devoted to the Krakow progressive synagogue in the 19th century. In the book, she will not only present the history of the local progressive Jewish community, but also place the Krakow Tempel in a wide context of liberal Judaism in the Central Europe.
The GEOP Research Fellowship is offered by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in cooperation with the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute within the framework of the Global Education Outreach Program. This program was made possible thanks to the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.