In Sign of Jewish Revival, Four Rabbis Ordained in Poland

Ordination held on day after 75th anniversary of German invasion of Poland.

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President of the Abraham Geiger College Rabbi Prof. Walter Jacob, front center, presides during the rabbis' ordination at the White Stork synagogue in Wroclaw, Poland,Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014.Credit: AP
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A spokesman says four rabbis educated in Germany were ordained in southwestern Poland in a sign of reviving Jewish life in mainly Catholic Poland.

The rare ceremony Tuesday at the White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw was held a day after the 75th anniversary of the German attack on Poland, which sparked World War II and the Holocaust that wiped out much of Europe's Jewish citizens.

Among some 350 attendees, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Jewish communities should be at the heart of every society and condemned anti-Semitism.
Hartmut Bomhoff, of the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, Germany, said Wednesday the ordination of its graduates marked 140 years since the death of Geiger, a Jewish scholar who founded Europe's first modern rabbinical seminary in Wroclaw in 1854.

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