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Polish & Jewish communities work in concert

Bente Kahan

WEST HARTFORD – Greater Hartford’s Polish and Jewish communities have come together for the first time to host a concert featuring the renowned European performer Bente Kahan, on Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m. at the Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford. Kahan, a native of Norway now living in Wroclaw, Poland, will perform Yiddish and Hebrew songs in her concert called “Home.”
She is founder of the Bente Kahan Foundation (www.fbk.org.pl), which in 2010 funded the restoration of Wroclaw’s 200-year old White Stork Synagogue. Today, the synagogue – the Wroclaw Center for Jewish Culture and Education — is a vital, contemporary center, attracting a broad Polish and international audience. Kahan serves as its director.
Through her concerts, Kahan is attempting to raise funds for a position of Holocaust educator in the Jewish Studies Department of Wroclaw University.
“Home” is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation Association of CT (JFACT), The Emanuel Synagogue, Voices of Hope, the Bente Kahan Foundation and the Polish American Foundation of CT. A dessert reception will follow the performance.
For ticket information call (860) 232-2937.

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