Organization Opens Middle in Poland Amid Jewish Revival

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:43 AM

Hillel International, the world'south largest Jewish learner organization, celebrated the opening of a department at a ceremony in Warsaw on Monday.

A major Jewish organization opened its first chapter in Poland on Monday, the most recent sign of a Jewish revival in the Central European nation that comes even as Jews have been recently fleeing Western European nations hit by Islamic violence.

Hillel International, the world'south largest Jewish learner organization, celebrated the opening of a department at a ceremony in Warsaw on Monday. It's presently present in eighteenth countries.

Leaders of Hillel and members of Poland'south Jewish community hailed the group'south expansion, saying support for youthful college-age adults would assistance the further growth of Jewish life in Poland, connect them to other Jews worldwide and nurture a connection to Israel. Poland was the middle of Jewish life in Europe before World War II, with a pop of 3.3 million that was nearly totally decimated by Nazi Germany.

"We're celebrating today the renaissance of Jewish life in Poland, for Hillel is the future of the Jewish people," said Rabbi Yossie Goldman, Hillel'south director of global expansion.

Though still very small, Poland'south community has been growing since the country threw off communism in one thousand nine hundred eighty-ninth, with families increasing revealing the secret of hidden Jewish roots to children and grandchildren, prompting some to return to the faith of their ancestors.

The center'south Warsaw founding director is Magda Dorosz, a 31-year-old who only discovered her own Jewish roots when she was 16.

Despite years of progress, some Polish Jews presently perceive unsettled by the rise to power latest year of a conservative and nationalistic party, Law and Justice. While the party doesn't promote anti-Semitism, some Jews fear its nationalistic ideology and that its backsliding on the regulation of law leave them more vulnerable.

Official speeches didn't touch on that matter. But after the ceremony, Hillel International'south director and CEO, Eric Fingerhut, told The Associated Press that "the best antidote to any concerns is a stronger and more vibrant Jewish life."

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