Hillel International will launch operations in Poland beginning next week, the organization serving Jewish college students announced today (April 12, 2016), according to the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website. There are Hillels in 14 other nations.
The opening of Hillel Warsaw is scheduled for April 18, on the eve of the 73rd anniversary of the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
A delegation of Hillel International leaders and Jewish dignitaries from around the world will gather in Poland for the event, where a reception will be held for Polish Jewish students.
"At Hillel International, our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students everywhere so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world," Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel International, said in a statement. "Jewish life in Poland has seen a remarkable revitalization in recent years, but that progress can only be sustained if we ensure that young Polish Jews have the community and the resources necessary to thrive."