Shana Penn

Executive Director at Taube Philanthropies

Location:
1050 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, California, United States
Company:
Taube Philanthropies
HQ Phone:
(650) 592-3960
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Last Updated 10/18/2017

General Information

Employment History

Vice President  - SF-Krakow Sister Cities Association

Education

Museum Studies department on POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews , , University of San Francisco

Affiliations

Board Member  - National Coalition of Independent Scholars

Board Member  - Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Board Member  - Sweet Jo’s

Board Member  - San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Institute Fellow  - Open Society Institute

Open Society Institute Fellow  - Mills College

Institute Fellow  - Scholar

Board Member  - FRIENDS OF JCC KRAKOW INC

Web References  

Photos from the Polish Heroes Exhibit Opening at Hillel at Stanford on October 29, 2008. | Taube Philanthropies

Shana Penn, Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture with Helen Tramiel.
Shana Penn, Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture with Shelley Hebert. Shana Penn, Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture with Harold Shine, Jewish Survivor who was rescued by Poles.

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2011 Consular Report | Taube Philanthropies

Polish studies scholar Shana Penn, who oversees my family foundation and has a well-established reputation in both the Polish American community and Polish society, handles academic, educational, cultural and some diplomatic matters for my Consular office.
She also networks with the Polish community in the Bay Area and throughout the US. Ms. Penn's research and involvements with PAHA, PIAST, AAASS, and other professional associations enable her to stay abreast of major intellectual and social currents that may influence or inform the Bay Area's Polish community. On my behalf, my Consular deputy Shana Penn had pertinent meetings in Washington, DC, in September regarding efforts on the Hill and in the White House to eliminate the visa for Poland, including with the Polish Ambassador, Robert Kupiecki; the Embassy's Political Director, Marcin Knapp; the Embassy's Polish-Jewish Relations Director, Witold Dzielski; Craig Kennedy, Executive Director of the German Marshall Fund; Steven Rademaker, lobbyist with the Tony Podesta Group; and Mark Levin, Executive Director of NCSJ. On December 2, my Consular deputy Shana Penn met with Jozef Wancer, Council member and Chairman of the Financial Commission of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, and Jacek Kastelaniec, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, to discuss the AuschwitzStateMuseum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. The award was presented in person to Ms. Grodzka-Gukowska on June 28, 2011 at the Noyk Synagogue in Warsaw by Shana Penn, Executive Director of the Taube Foundation, and Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland. Lectures given by Shana Penn, my Consular Deputy: April 10: My Consular deputy Shana Penn met with the Deputy Minister of Culture, Piotr Zuchowski. June 28: The fourth annual Irena Sendler Memorial Award was presented in person to Magda Grodzka-Gukowska on June 28, 2011, at the Noyk Synagogue in Warsaw, by Shana Penn, Executive Director of the Taube Foundation, and Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland. (see "7. September: Consular deputy Shana Penn met with several lobbyists in Washington, DC, to ask for their support for the Visa Waiver Project (see "3. Relations with US Government Offices"). October 31-November 10: My Consular deputy Shana Penn went to Poland and had meetings with several Polish dignitaries (see "7. Cultural and Educational Community Events"). Shana Penn gave a lecture on the subject of youth trips to Poland at a lecture sponsored by New Eastern Europe Journal (NEE) in Kraków. Shana Penn also attended the 2011 Limmud Conference. More than 700 people gathered at the Hotel Boss in Warsaw for the fourth annual Limmud in Poland. The theme of this year's conference was the Jewish Arts. Shana Penn gave a presentation on the World War II-era political cartoons of Arthur Szyk and the place of this Polish-Jewish-born artist in American popular culture. November 20: I, my Consular deputy Shana Penn and Honorary Consul Kerosky, on behalf of the San Francisco-Kraków Sister Cities Association, submitted a proposal for cooperation and academic exchange between the Jagiellonian University School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law to the Dean of the Faculty of Law & Administration at the Jagiellonian, Dean Krystyna Chojnicka. December 2: My Consular deputy Shana Penn met with Jozef Wancer, Council member and Chairman of the Financial Commission of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, and Jacek Kastelaniec, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, to discuss the AuschwitzStateMuseum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation (see "4. C: Shana Penn, Malgorzata Cup

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2013 Consular Report | Taube Philanthropies

Poland's May 3rd, 1791 Constitution National Day and Farewell Party for Consul General Joanna Kozinska-Frybes (May 6; attended by Consular Deputy Shana Penn)
Consular Deputy Shana Penn met with Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf regarding the visa waiver in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 6). Hon. Consuls Tad Taube and Christopher Kerosky were present at the annual Polish Flag Raising at San Francisco City Hall, together with Consular Deputy Shana Penn (May 3). 10th Annual Slavic Choral Christmas Concert, attended by Consular Deputy Shana Penn and Vera Hannush. Consular Deputy Shana Penn represented Hon. Consul Taube at the event (August 10). Taube Philanthropies co-presented Jewish Eastern Europe: A Family Journey: A presentation by Dr. Marc Dollinger, who had taken a Taube Jewish Heritage Tour to Poland; attended by Consular Deputy Shana Penn (Jan. 17). Consular Deputy Shana Penn attended the 23rd Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. Consular Deputy Shana Penn was involved in the dissemination of materials regarding the program to the Bay Area and U.S. Consular Deputy Shana Penn is in talks with Birthright Israel to implement the inaugural Birthright Poland trip in Summer 2014. Studium Teatralne premieres in the Bay Area Consular Deputy Shana Penn and Vera Hannush attended the Bay Area premiere of Studium Teatralne's The King of Hearts is Off Again, based on the award-winning novel by Hanna Krall, Chasing the King of Hearts (October 2). In attendance for the opening ceremonies and affixing of the mezuzah were Hon. Consul Tad Taube and Consular Deputy Shana Penn (October24). Shana Penn Awarded Poland's Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit Hon. Consul Tad Taube is proud to announce that Shana Penn, his Consular Deputy and Executive Director of Taube Philanthropies, was decorated with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic, in Warsaw, on October 23. President Komorowski's commemoration of women on the 23rd anniversary of the first democratic elections in Poland on June 4, 1989, was inspired by Ms. Penn's groundbreaking research. Deputy Speaker of the Sejm Wanda Nowicka also spoke regarding Ms. Penn's significant contributions. Consular Deputy Shana Penn was invited by Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf to attend the Special Viewing of "Walesa: Man of Hope" on Capitol Hill (Dec. 4). Consular Deputy Shana Penn addressed the shechitah controversy Penn: Od Pastwiska Do Talerza. Problem Z Ubojem Rytualnym By Shana Penn, Krytyka Polityczna (December 3) f. Shana Penn, moderate Polish, represents Consul Taube in meetings.

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