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Shana Penn is the Executive Director of Taube Philanthropies, in San Francisco, and a scholar-in-residence at the Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Jewish Studies, in Berkeley. Her book, Solidarity’s Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, 2005) was awarded Best Book in Slavic and East European Women’s Studies by the American Association of Women in Slavic Studies. It was published as Sekret Solidarnośći by W.A.B. Publishers (Warsaw) in 2014. In 2013, Shana was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for both her gender studies research and advocacy of Polish-Jewish relations. She is currently writing about the reconstruction of European Jewish collective identities, 1989-2015.  

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