Rabbi Maciej Mati Pawlak – was the first Polish rabbi working in Poland. A graduate of RIETS, where he received Semicha. Mati also is a graduate of Yeshivat Hamiftar in Efrat in Israel. He also studied in other yeshivot in Israel and in the States. Right after his graduation from RIETS in 2006, Mati was already back in Poland to serve the Jewish Community both as rabbi and as the Director of The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation in Poland and as a Principal of The Lauder-Morasha Schools and Kindergarten in Warsaw. Rabbi Pawlak also was running Lauder Summer Educational Camps. Mati was also a co-founder of Lauder e-Learning Schools that provide Jewish and Hebrew education for Jewish children from all over Poland. The on-line school became very successful and The Lauder Foundation decided to open similar school also in other countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. Rabbi Pawlak is a long-time assistant of Poland’s Chief Rabbi, Michael Schudrich and was also a rabbi in the Nożyk Synagogue. Rabbi Pawlak is one of the founders and a member of the Polish Rabbinate. Mati is also a PhD candidate at the Jewish Studies Institute, Department of History at the Jagiellonian University. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, reading, traveling and sports.
Karolina Hadassah Buchwald-Pawlak – is a psychologist and Jewish studies educator. A graduate of two majors at Lander College for Women – Touro College in New York – Jewish studies and psychology. Hadassah completed the Honors track of Jewish Studies at Lander College and graduated with honors. She also received the Moses & Hannah Hoenig Judaic Studies Award for outstanding educational achievements within Jewish studies at Touro College. She is also a graduate of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw, which she also completed with honors. Hadassah grew up in Israel, proudly served in the Israeli Defence Forces and for many years volunteered in Magen David Adom in Israel as a EMT. Before studying in the United States of America, she worked for the Israeli Ministry of Defence as the assistant of the Military and Defence Attaché. Upon graduating from Lander College for Women, she and her husband came back to Poland where she was working for The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation and was one of the leaders of The Lauder-Morasha Schools, Kindergarten and Lauder Summer Jewish Educational Camps. Hadassah was the co-founder and director of the Lauder e-Learning Schools. One of Hadassah’s students reached the finals of Chidon ha-Tanach – Bible Contest in Israel. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Hadassah was actively engaged in the revival of Jewish life in Poland. She is a member of Eishet Chayil a project of the Rabbinerseminar zu Berlin in Gemrany for rebbetzins. In her free time, Hadassah loves to spend time with her family. She also enjoys reading, travelling and is a big fan of the Hebrew language and loves Israel. She is a runner and loves sports. Beyond that, she enjoys to listen to music ranging from rock, jazz, classical, Jewish, Israeli and also is a fan of Chazanut.