Address by Ambassador Jacek Chodorowicz, Ambassador of Poland to Israel, at the Groundbreaking of The Taube Family Campus

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tad Taube and Ambassador Jacek Chodorowicz

Thank you for having me today at this magnificent campus. I'm impressed by the architecture of this facility and the bustling life in here. It's always a great pleasure to participate in events honoring the Taube family, the benefactor of this College as well as many places in my country.

Tad Taube has had an unprecedented impact on the quality of Jewish life in Poland after the fall of communism. More than a decade ago, he dedicated Center for Renewal of Jewish Life in Warsaw, the only American Jewish foundation with an underground presence in Poland at that time. He set an ambitious agenda for the organization: to strengthen the Jewish infrastructure in Poland, to create first-hand encounters for American Jewry with the present-day Jewish community of Poland, and to link the living heritage to the Polish past. And admittedly, the Tad Taube Foundation in Warsaw has been successful on all those fronts. The organization is consistent in challenging the preconception of Poland as a Holocaust site only, and opens the world's eyes to the new Poland, a country of personal heritage, connections, and a vibrant Jewish life.

Tad Taube himself, as the lead patron of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Polin, spearheaded the most significant fundraising campaign  responsible for raising one-third of the entire cost of the core exhibition. Thanks to this, and the Polish authority's efforts that donated the plot of land and financed the construction of Polin, Warsaw is home to the extraordinary institution presenting the millennium of Jewish culture on Polish soil.

Through his activities in America, Israel, and Poland, Tad Taube serves as a bridge between the three countries and societies. His Warsaw-based foundation has a versatile pluralistic and open-minded philanthropic strategy. I am sure that without its operations in Poland, it would have taken more years for rebirth and empowerment of all the strengths of Judaism in my country. And this diversity of the small, yet robust, Polish-Jewish community is something of which we are particularly proud. Thank you, Tad. 

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