Charles and Camilla to open Krakow cen­tre

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

PRINCE CHARLES and the Duchess of Corn­wall are to open a new Jewish com­mu­nity cen­tre in the Pol­ish town of Krakow that has been funded and built by World Jewish Re­lief.

The April 29 cer­e­mony will be the cul­mi­na­tion of a £700,000 project that started when the Prince vis­ited the town in 2002 and came back de­ter­mined to help the rem­nants of its age­ing Jewish pop­u­la­tion.

His aides were put in touch with the WJR, based in Cam­den, North Lon­don. Dis­cus­sions with the Prince pro­duced a plan to build a com­mu­nity cen­tre that would serve both the el­derly and a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of younger Poles who were be­gin­ning to re­dis­cover their Jewish roots.

The seal was set on the part­ner­ship of Prince Charles and the char­ity when the Prince de­cided to put some of his own money into the project.

WJR chair Nigel Lay­ton said: “We are hon­oured and de­lighted that the royal cou­ple will be join­ing us for this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion and we are grate­ful to them for their won­der­ful sup­port of WJR through­out this project.”

The cen­tre will pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties across three-and-a-half floors. It will in­clude day care for the el­derly, mul­ti­func­tion rooms that can be used for both small and large events, state-ofthe-art com­puter fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing an in­ter­net café and much more.

It has been built in the grounds of the Tem­pel syn­a­gogue, a cathe­dral shul which has it­self un­der­gone ren­o­va­tion, along with much of the town’s Jewish quar­ter of Kaz­imierz.

The project will be the sec­ond com­mu­nity cen­tre com­pleted by the char­ity. In 2004, un­der its “Our Town” ban­ner, WJR opened a com­mu­nity cen­tre in Za­porozhe in the Ukraine with a sec­ond in the plan­ning stage. Prince Charles has been guest of hon­our at two WJR an­nual din­ners, in 2003 and again last year.

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