JERUSALEM (Jul. 22)
Jewish Agency Chairman Simcha Dinitz officially opened an office in Warsaw last Thursday, re-establishing the agency’s formal presence in Poland for the first time since World War II.
The office has a staff of three, to assist Polish Jews and Jews in neighboring countries and those immigrating to Israel from the Soviet Union by way of Poland.
Dinitz, upon his return from Warsaw, reported Friday to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on his talks with the Polish prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, and other Polish officials.
He said he had underscored in his talks with Polish authorities that Jewish leaders are following with great interest Poland’s assistance to Soviet Jewish immigrants, a factor that would enhance Poland’s image among Jews.
The Polish authorities seem to hope that by improving relations with Israel and Jews in general, they will attract international Jewish investors to Poland’s precarious economy.