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Global Jewish group celebrates new Central Europe office

  • Poland's chief rabbi Michael Schudrich speaks at a gala celebration marking the opening of an American Jewish Committee office for Central Europe in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, March 27, 2017. The AJC, a 111-year-old global organization based in New York, has a long history of engagement in the region. It was the first Jewish organization to call for recognizing German unification after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it supported Central and Eastern European nations as they worked to become democracies and join the European Union and NATO.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Poland's chief rabbi Michael Schudrich speaks at a gala celebration marking the opening of an American Jewish Committee office for Central Europe in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, March 27, 2017. The AJC, a 111-year-old global organization based in New York, has a long history of engagement in the region. It was the first Jewish organization to call for recognizing German unification after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it supported Central and Eastern European nations as they worked to become democracies and join the European Union and NATO. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Poland's chief rabbi Michael Schudrich speaks at a gala celebration marking the opening of an American Jewish Committee office for Central Europe in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, March 27, 2017. The AJC, a 111-year-old global organization based in New York, has a long history of engagement in the region. It was the first Jewish organization to call for recognizing German unification after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it supported Central and Eastern European nations as they worked to become democracies and join the European Union and NATO. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Poland's chief rabbi Michael Schudrich speaks at a gala celebration marking the opening of an American Jewish Committee office for Central Europe in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, March 27, 2017. The AJC, a 111-year-old global organization based in New York, has a long history of engagement in the region. It was the first Jewish organization to call for recognizing German unification after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it supported Central and Eastern European nations as they worked to become democracies and join the European Union and NATO. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

The American Jewish Committee, a global Jewish advocacy organization, is celebrating the opening of a new Central Europe office.

The AJC, a 111-year-old organization based in New York, has a long history of engagement in the region. It was the first Jewish organization to call for recognizing German unification after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it supported Central and Eastern European nations as they worked to become democracies and join the European Union and NATO.

The organization is committed to supporting democracies in the belief that open, tolerant societies provide greater security to Jews and other minorities.

The office is based in Warsaw and will work in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The group is holding a gala celebration Monday evening in Warsaw.