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‘New’ Polish Jews visit Israel

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — A group of 22 young Poles who recently discovered they have Jewish roots is visiting Israel.

The group arrived Aug. 15 for a three-week educational seminar in Jerusalem run by Shavei Israel, a nonprofit that works with “lost” Jewish communities around the world.

Most of the participants were raised Catholic and are in their 20s. They come from various cities in Poland.

The group will study Hebrew and learn about Jewish culture and religion, as well as the history of Israel.

According to Shavei Israel, approximately 4,000 Jews are registered in Poland today, but many others may be hiding their Jewish identity or be unaware they have Jewish roots.

 

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