Jewish Federations Address Anti-Semitism in France
Since the horrific events in France there has been an outpouring of support from the North American Jewish community. Jewish Federations across the continent have held vigils and memorial services and provided philanthropic support to help victims’ families and enhance security at the nearly 500 Jewish sites throughout France, from schools to supermarkets. Of particular concern is the safety of the more than 32,000 children attending Jewish day schools.
Especially this year, as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we remain keenly aware that anti-Semitism is far from eradicated. The Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (the Umbrella Body for French Jewish Organizations) reports that violent anti-Semitic acts doubled in France in 2014. Jewish Federations and our partner agencies will be there to support and assist the Jews in France and Europe, whether they choose to stay in their respective nations and combat anti-Semitism, or they make aliyah, or resettle in North America, as so many Europeans did in past centuries.