Jewish Agency program incorporates Warsaw to 'rediscover Judaism'

Warsaw will join Pittsburgh and the Israeli Karmiel and Misgav, to have the opportunity to rediscover their Jewish culture and faith.

April 8, 2019 02:24
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Isaac Herzog

Isaac Herzog. (photo credit: JEWISH AGENCY)

The Jewish Agency for Israel's Partnership2Gether (P2G) Peoplehood Platform added Warsaw as a partner in the program that aims to create an enduring relationship between Israel and the Jewish communities of the Diaspora.

Warsaw will join Pittsburgh and the Israeli Karmiel and Misgav to have the opportunity to rediscover their Jewish culture and faith. Warsaw became the first city outside of Israel and the US to join the program.

P2G's other platforms also include European cities in their programs, such as Budapest in the Central Region Consortium/Western Galilee Partnership.

“We include smaller Jewish communities in the Partnership2Gether Platform that do not have the capacity to maintain a traditional bilateral partnership, while simultaneously allowing individuals and communities to gain a more diversified and complex understanding of peoplehood,” said Director of the Partnership Unit at The Jewish Agency Andrea Arbel. “This process creates meaningful connections that support and uplift three or more communities at a time through their joint partnership activities, with Israel at the heart of it all.”

The importance of Warsaw joining the program is that Polish Jews'  roots and connections to Judaism and Jewish life were lost and suppressed during and after the Holocaust. Warsaw's Chief Rabbi Michael Shudrich described Jewish life in Poland as an an “ongoing process of discovery.”

Four Polish representatives will travel to Israel accompanied by Rabbi Shurich on June to begin the program. They will travel to Pittsburgh afterwards.

“With Warsaw joining our relationship, we have a unique opportunity to make an imprint and impact on a Jewish community that has many young people involved who are eager to make connections with Jews from other communities and in Israel,” said Debbie Swartz, overseas planning associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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