Catholic raised Polish Jews visit Israel after discovering their Jewish rootsBy Mason White 2:17 PM August 15, 2013
|Group of Polish Jews at the Western Wall|
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A group of Catholic raised Jews visited Israel in order to reconnect with their Jewish roots.
The group arrived in Jerusalem on Wednesday, a Jewish organization that helps estranged Jews reconnect with their roots said in a statement.
The 16 member group aged between 18 and 35-years-old, attended a seminar organized by Shavei Israel, which connects diaspora Jews to Israel. They will travel through Israel, visit Masada and the Dead Sea during the trip. The group is being accompanied by Polish-speaking rabbis and educators, in order to help the group better connect with the Jewish state.
“Since the fall of Communism, an increasing number of Polish people have tried to claim and affirm their Jewish identity. We need to help them in any way we can,” Shavei Israel chairman Michael Freund said.
There are approximately 4,000 Jews registered as living in Poland, but according to the organization, there may be tens of thousands of Polish citizens, who are hiding their Jewishness or are unaware of their Jewish identity.