The Chasing Portraits Book Tour Continues…IL, WI, CO

The Chasing Portraits book tour continues in Deerfield (IL), Appleton (WI), and Denver (CO)…

October 8, 2017 (2-3:30pm)
Deerfield Public Library
(920 N. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL)

October 9, 2017 (6:30-7:30pm)
Fox Cities Book Festival
Appleton Public Library
(225 N. Oneida St. Appleton, WI)

October 15, 2017 (4pm)
Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
Elaine Wolf Theatre, MACC at the JCC
(350 S. Dahlia St. Denver, CO 80246)
Tickets are $18

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Talks

February 15, 2017. 12-1
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
(2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA)
[Books will be available for purchase!]

February 26, 2017. 1:30
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia
Congregation Rodeph Shalom
(615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA)
[Books will be available for purchase from Main Point Books!]

February 28, 2017. Noon.
92nd Street Y
(1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY)
[Books will be available for purchase!]

March 4, 2017. 5-10pm
Authors on the Move. Sacramento’s Premier Literary Event.
(Hyatt Regency Sacramento downtown, 1209 L St, Sacramento, CA.)
[Books will be available for purchase!]

March 8+9, 2017
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas
And the Dallas JCC
(Dallas, TX)
Details TBA

October 8, 2017
Deerfield Public Library
(920 N. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, IL)
Details TBA


kanekoChasing Portraits at the 92Y

Tuesday – 28 February 2017


Reservations and Tickets


Moshe Rynecki’s body of art work, which depicted the everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish community, reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end.

His son George left behind journals detailing the losses the family endured during WWII, including Moshe’s art. Elizabeth Rynecki, George’s granddaughter, knowing that her family had only found a portion of Moshe’s art, set off on a quest to recover the lost art. She tells her story of the devastation of war and of the healing she found as she set out to find her great-grandfather’s lost art legacy.

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943). In 1999, Elizabeth designed the original Moshe Rynecki: Portrait of a Life in Art website. Today, she continually updates it to keep it current regarding academic research, educational resources and tracking lost Rynecki paintings. Elizabeth has a BA in Rhetoric from Bates College and a Master’s Degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communications from UC Davis

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Talk at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

If you’d like to hear me speak about the Chasing Portraits project, but you there’s not an event close to you, you can watch this talk recorded at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.



Chasing Portraits Fall Book Events!

Hope to see you at a Chasing Portraits book event this fall! Don’t see a venue near you? Stay tuned for the addition of more events! Event Details


NYCLA – 8th Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Institute

I’m excited to announce I’ll be part of the upcoming 8th Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Institute put on by the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA). I am part of a panel that will be speaking about challenges heirs face when dealing with Holocaust era looted art issues. It’s an all day event and registration is on NYCLA’s website.

Basic details:

Friday, November 20, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Member Price: $200
Non-Member Attorney Price: $250



September Talks

I am excited to announce two September talks featuring the Moshe Rynecki project, Chasing Portraits!

First up….

San Francisco, CA

4 September 2014
Art Lost: The Search for Moshe Rynecki
Sponsored by ArtTable, the talk is at the Contemporary Jewish Museum – 736 Mission Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets)
Check in begins at 5 pm. The program starts at 6pm.
Details and registration


And then I’ll be in Northern California…

Eureka, CA
14 September 2014
Temple Beth El— 3233 T Street Eureka, CA


Speaking Schedule

Upcoming talks of, “Chasing Portraits: A great-granddaughter’s search for her lost art legacy.”  A description of the talk is below the dates.


Upcoming Talks

9 September 2014 – Art Table – San Francisco.

14 September 2014: Temple Beth El – Eureka, California.  

8 January 2015: Jewish Community Library – San Francisco.

23 January 2015 (7-9pm): Sausalito Woman’s Club – Sausalito, California.

CHASING PORTRAITS – A Detective Story:  Sausalito native, Elizabeth Rynecki relates her fascinating, years-long quest to locate the art of her great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943), most of which was lost, looted, or destroyed during the German occupation of Warsaw during WW II.  Painted primarily during the inter-war years, Moshe Rynecki’s existing portraits depict the vibrant Jewish life and culture of the time.  No charge.  Light hors d’oeuvres and no host bar. Co-chairs: Leslie Hail and Paula Fancher

Previous Talks:

Davis, California – Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis

Boston, Massachusetts – Boston 3G

Sacramento, California – Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento

Toronto, Canada – University of Toronto’s Center for Jewish Studies

University of Nebraska, Omaha – Holocaust education class

Omaha, Nebraska – The Kaneko (a public non-profit cultural organization in the Old Market District)

Oregon Jewish Museum at Havurah Shalom

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society


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