Polish president makes historic synagogue visit


PRAGUE (JTA) — A president of Poland visited a synagogue for the first time since World War II, Polish Radio reported.

President Lech Kaczynski and his wife visited the Nozyk synagogue in Warsaw on Sunday. The president, the first sitting Polish president to visit a synagogue in more than 60 years, lit the first candle for Chanukah in a silver menorah.

During the service, the congregation recited a prayer for the 90th anniversary of Poland’s independence. The prayer was written by the rabbi of Krakow, Boaz Pash, according to Polish Radio. He was joined in its recitation by the chief rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich.

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