Many young adults living in Poland are just discovering their Jewish roots, as rampant antisemitism historically led generations of families to conceal their identities. Every year, an increasing number of 18-to-30 year olds look for opportunities to explore their heritage. 

In an effort to respond to their needs, Hillel Poland was established in 2016. With vibrant spaces in Warsaw and Krakow, Hillel Poland is creating and strengthening the Jewish spark among young adults.

70%

Hillel Poland participants raised without any knowledge of their Jewish background

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Almost 20 years ago, Magda Dorosz found a tattered document that belonged to her late grandfather, shedding light on her Jewish roots. Now, as executive director of Hillel Warsaw, she’s committed to helping others explore their newfound heritage.

The Highlights

Hillel Poland is transforming lives — every day.

Discovering Judaism

As Jerusalem and Warsaw continue to spar over an acceptable narrative of what transpired on Polish soil during the Holocaust, the real drama is unfolding far removed from the headlines.

Off to Israel

Hillel Poland has sent more than 300 Jewish students and young adults on Birthright Israel.

Making History

More than 130 years after the Jewish community of Warsaw first welcomed Rosh Hashanah in the Great Synagogue, Hillel Warsaw opened its doors for young adults to celebrate the new year.

Meeting Needs

Hillel Poland collaborated with other Jewish organizations to create a crisis management center for Jewish Ukrainian refugees.

On the Move

Programs celebrating Shabbat and Jewish holidays attract the most participants, but other Hillel happenings — including Hebrew classes and movie nights — are starting to garner the attention of students and adults alike. Check out Hillel Poland.