Roman Catholic Franciscan friars are to open Poland’s first privately-run Hebrew academy in October with the approval of the country’s chief rabbi and a Polish cardinal, its rector said Tuesday.
“We’ve started recruiting and there’s a lot of interest. We’re thinking of accepting 45 students for a start,” academy rector Father Maksymin Tandek told AFP.
The three-year-long programme at the academy located in Torun, north-east Poland, will focus on Hebrew literature, linguistics, Israeli history, Poland’s Jews, and modern, rabbinical and biblical Hebrew as well as Syrian and Aramaic.
“Polish archives and libraries contain a large number of documents with an an enormous wealth of Jewish thought, but now no one is examining them. We need specialists to catalogue them and make them public,” Tandek said.
The European Union will subsidize half the cost of the academy’s operation. Tuition will cost 2,000 zloty per semester, which is 470 euros or 670 dollars. Is this an affordable amount in Poland?