Prince helps Krakow Jews
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-11-09
Prince Charles in Krakow
Following a visit four years ago to Krakow, Prince Charles saw for himself the plight of elderly members of the Jewish community living in the Kazimierz district and wished to make a difference to their lives.
When the member of the Royal Family came back to the UK, he contacted World Jewish Relief to discuss how he could do something.
Following discussions, he has become Patron of a new Jewish welfare and community centre for the Jews of Krakow in which he has made a substantial donation.
Next week, the centre begins building work which is hoped to be completed within two years.
In a statement, World Jewish Relief said: "The community centre will be established in the heart of Krakow where all members of the community can come together for social, educational and religious programmes. The centre is not a commercial venture. It is a one which is dedicated solely to satisfy the communal welfare, educational, social, religious, medical and daycare needs of people of all ages within the community. It will also host exhibitions and will be open to the thousands of tourists who visit Krakow each year, Jews and non-Jews alike."