Since its opening in April 2008 by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, Jonathan Ornstein has served as the executive director of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow. He is a founding member of Przymierze, the Krakow Association of Christians and Jews, where he serves on the management board.
Prior to the JCC’s opening in 2008, he lectured in Modern Hebrew at the Jagiellonian University department of Jewish Studies for six years and founded the Gesher association for Polish-Israeli dialogue. A native of New York City, Jonathan moved to Israel in 1994, living for seven years on a kibbutz in the Negev desert and serving for two years in a combat unit in the I.D.F. before making his way to Poland in 2001.