About Leora Tec – Founder & Director, Bridge to Poland
Through partnerships with her colleagues and friends in Poland, Leora Tec works to break down stereotypes about non-Jewish Poles and build bridges between people.
Leora’s talks, workshops and on the ground small group study tours in Poland highlight the work of non-Jews who are commemorating Jewish life in a myriad of ways. She seeks to challenge old stories, blank space—the undiscovered or unknown—and fossilized representations about Poland, “the Poles” and Polish-Jewish history. Rather than providing answers she hopes that participants will end up with more questions—more to be curious about—and with healing.
Bridge To Poland is about making connections and about transformation. Group members enjoy debate, in-depth conversation, and even friendly arguments. Laughing, crying and singing are all part of a Bridge To Poland experience. Leora is the daughter of Holocaust survivor and scholar Nechama Tec, whose work focuses on rescue and resistance. Leora sees her work as the second generation of her mother’s. Nechama Tec writes about those who saved lives. Leora works with those who are saving memory.
Leora is the American Ambassador to Brama Grodzka-Teatr-NN and serves on the Board of the American Association for Polish Jewish Studies. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D./ LL.M from Duke University School of Law. She is thrilled and humbled to be the 2018 recipient of the Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship from Wellesley College which she was awarded to pursue several projects related to Jewish memory in Poland.