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(born in 1945)

Essayist, translator, philosopher, editor of the Midrasz magazine. An expert in the history and traditions of Jewish women and Yiddish culture. Author of numerous publications, including Mocą przepasały swe biodra. Portrety kobiet żydowskich, Znalazłam wczorajszy dzień. Moja osobista tradycja żydowska, Cenniejsze niż perły. Portrety kobiet żydowskich, Księga kobiet – kobiety Księgi. Komentarze do Tory, W poszukiwaniu złotego jabłka. Liderbuch – śpiewnik rodzinny (2016, together with her daughter and sister) and a CD accompanying the book (2018). Author of numerous translations of Yiddish, French and Russian literature. She hosts monthly meetings on the history of biblical women at the Austrian Cultural Forum and on Yiddish literature at the Centre for Yiddish Culture. She received a YIVO Institute for Jewish Research grant and an artistic scholarship of the Capital City of Warsaw. Member of the Board of the Polish Society for Yiddish Studies. Winner of Fr. Stanisław Musiał Prize (2017) and the Jan Karski and Pola Nireńska Awards (2018).