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From the FACES OF DYNÓW series:

Rabbi Pinchas Pomp
oil on canvas, 48 x 42 inches

Rabbi Pinchas Pomp is the founder the Polish Jewry Heritage Center in Dynów. Rabbi Pinchas made it his mission to create the center as a living museum and memorial to the Jewish loss of lives by the Nazi invasion in 1939, as well as offering lodging for pilgrims visiting the ohel (memorial gravesite) of the famous Dinover Rabbis, Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Shapira, his son, Rebbi Dovid the Tzaddik of Dynów, Isaiah Naftali Hertz, the head of Bes Din (court) of Dinov, and Chana Mindel, wife of the Bnei Yisaschar.

Rabbi Pinchas organizes a yearly Rosh Hashanah event, memorializing the victims of the massacre that took place on the second day of Rosh Hashanah on September 16, 1939. Many Dynów townspeople participate, including high school students, their teachers, and leaders of the community. The guests partake in a combination of traditional Polish culture performances, Jewish prayer, Hebrew lessons and memorial candle lighting of 400 candles to the victims of the Nazis. Rabbi Pinchas partners with the local high school establishing an educational program intended to teach the students about the history of the Jewish people that used to live in Dynów, as well as the teaching about the terrible tragedy starting with the invasion of the Nazis in their town.

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