Tangible judaism

About us

Mi Polin

MI POLIN is the first Polish Judaica company since World War II.

MI POLIN was created by Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar in 2014 to design and produce contemporary Judaica from Poland. Interpretation is at the very essence of Judaism, and we interpret Jewish tradition and symbolism by our products to enrich Jewish life and strengthen Jewish identity.

Polish jewish identity

MI POLIN is a way of preserving and reinforcing our Polish-Jewish identity, which gives us strength and inspiration.

Hiddur Mitzvah

Interpretation is at the very essence of Judaism and we interpret Jewish tradition and symbolism by our contemporary objects. We observe hiddur mitzvah, the biblical commandment ordering that ritual objects shall be beautiful.

tradition

Before World War II in Warsaw alone there were over 30 companies producing Judaica. The art of Judaica production perished during World War II. Seven decades later we were the ones who resurrected this rich, centuries-old tradition by creating MI POLIN. We have revived and continued this tradition to design and produce contemporary Judaica from Poland in order to enrich Jewish life and strengthen Jewish identity.

we make judaism tangible

Helena Czernek

Helena (b. 1985, Warsaw) studied Product Design at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and Hebrew Studies at Warsaw University. She deals with Jewish design, graphics, photography, calligraphy and Japanese wood block printing. Her project (a collaboration with Klara Jankiewicz) a crosswalk of a shape of piano key was awarded 1st place in a competition for designs promoting the 2010 “Year of Chopin” in Warsaw. She designed also a yellow paper daffodil for the Museum of The History of Polish Jews as a symbol of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Aleksander Prugar

Aleksander (b. 1984, Gliwice) studied Journalism and Mass Communication at Warsaw University, Social Sciences at Katowice School of Economics and film course at National Film School in Łódź. For 5 years he worked as a photojournalist with the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. In 2009, critics, art historians and photo-editors associated with the Month of Photography in Krakow included him in the top hundred of the most significant Polish artists of the decade working in the field of photography.