Fundacja im.
ABRAHAMA JAKUBA STERNA
Abraham Jakub Stern
Who Was Abraham Stern?
Memoir in a few words

Watchmaker, inventor, mechanic, builder–Abraham Jakub Stern was one of the most prolific minds of the turn of the 18th-19th centuries, and is considered one of the founding fathers of cybernetics.

He was born in Hrubieszow in 1769. His talents, which were evident at an early age, were noticed by Stanislaw Staszic, who served as his advisor, and invited him to live in Warsaw. There his numerous arithmetic and time-devices attracted attention, including from Tsar Alexander who granted him a scholarship. He was the first Jewish member of the Society of Friends of Science in Warsaw.

Many of Stern’s inventions were far ahead of his time. His numerous inventions include: the mechanical thresher, sawmill, horse reaper, geodetic range finder, topographic trolley, and a mechanism to secure wagons against horse dispersal.

Mission
What is our goal?
Mission
What is our goal?

What do Jack Tramiel, Samuel Goldwyn, Helena Rubinstein, Max Factor, all have in common?

They all played a critical role in the development of modern science, technology or culture–and they were all Polish Jews (little known both in Poland and the United States). Our mission is to help enliven interest in the common history of Poland, Polish-Jews, and the United States in the development of these arenas, as a platform for future cooperation.

To this end, the Stern Foundation aims to:

  • Promote Polish-Jewish heritage in Poland and abroad.
  • Popularize the common history of Poland, Polish-Jews and the United States especially in the sciences, arts, culture, technology, economics and innovation.
  • Serve as a platform for the development of scientific, cultural, artistic, economic and technological cooperation between Poland, United States and Israel.
  • Implement educational projects in new technologies.
Projects
What we do?
Projects
What we do?

According to Jewish legend, the Golem is an anthropomorphic figure magically brought to life from mud, intended to protect the Jewish community from dangers. Though there are several iterations of the Golem legend, the Chelm version of the story begins with rabbi Elijah ben Jehuda (later called Ba’al Shem), credited with creating the Golem who grew to the point that the rabbi feared it would destroy the world. For centuries, the Golem has been a recognized symbol in the world of Jewish culture.

The Stern Foundation is working with the City of Chelm to place due recognition on the development of the legend of the Golem in the city where it belongs: Chelm. This will be done through an architectural competition for a proper memorial or statue in Chelm alongside promotional activities.

Executive
Who are we?
Executive
Who are we?
Michał Kamiński
President of the Board

Managing Director of 300 Gospodarka, a leading media platform for discussion of economic and political life in Poland. Previously an analyst in national government, financial institutions and think tanks. A graduate of the Oxford Internet Leadership Academy. Winner of the Digital News Innovation Fund grant. He studied economics at the Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Warsaw and management at the Warsaw Polytechnic institute.

David Liebers
Vice-President of the Board

An MD-MPP candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was the recipient of a Knowles Fellowship. Previously a Gates-Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He serves on the executive board of the American Association for Polish Jewish Studies, and has many years of experience working in the Polish NGO sector.

Tomasz Wiśliński
Member of the Board

Historian, lawyer. Currently a marketing strategist in one of Central and Eastern Europe’s largest capital groups. He has over ten years of experience running non-governmental organizations. From 2014, he served as President of the Future of Generations Foundation, an organization of lawyers, which prepares reports and analysis, and conducts campaigns and training in the area of ​​building legal awareness of the society.

Michał Kamiński
President of the Board

Managing Director of 300 Gospodarka, a leading media platform for discussion of economic and political life in Poland. Previously an analyst in national government, financial institutions and think tanks. A graduate of the Oxford Internet Leadership Academy. Winner of the Digital News Innovation Fund grant. He studied economics at the Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Warsaw and management at the Warsaw Polytechnic institute.

David Liebers
Vice-President of the Board

An MD-MPP candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was the recipient of a Knowles Fellowship. Previously a Gates-Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He serves on the executive board of the American Association for Polish Jewish Studies, and has many years of experience working in the Polish NGO sector.

Tomasz Wiśliński
Member of the Board

Historian, lawyer. Currently a marketing strategist in one of Central and Eastern Europe’s largest capital groups. He has over ten years of experience running non-governmental organizations. From 2014, he served as President of the Future of Generations Foundation, an organization of lawyers, which prepares reports and analysis, and conducts campaigns and training in the area of ​​building legal awareness of the society.

Stefan Kawalec
Chairman of the Council
Marek Niedużak
Vice-Chairman of the Council
Jerzy Greblicki
Member of the Council
Stefan Kawalec
Chairman of the Council
Marek Niedużak
Vice-Chairman of the Council
Jerzy Greblicki
Member of the Council