09/29/2015 01:29 pm ET

How Jewish Soul Food Is Bringing Healing To This Polish Town

Emily Alana Schneider, a 23-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, was on her way to show her mother their ancestral home in Bedzin, Poland, when she noticed something on Modrzejowska Street that stopped her in her tracks.

“There was Hebrew writing and a menorah in a window,” Schneider says. “We were so surprised because when I first visited the town last year, there had been nothing there but boarded-up windows and ruins of Jewish life.”

Though the door was locked, Schneider made a mental note to circle back. When she did, she was even more stunned.

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