Immigration Newsletter

Friday, January 16, 2015

The U.S. should open its doors to imperiled European Jews - The Washington Post

The U.S. should open its doors to imperiled European Jews - The Washington Post



here is an excerpt from the column by Shmuel Herzfeld the rabbi of Washington’s Ohev Sholom (the National Synagogue) and is the founder of the National Capital Jewish Law Center.



"This past summer, I traveled to Paris with a colleague after the Abravanel Synagogue, a prominent synagogue in the center of Paris, was attacked by an angry mob in July. We went to stand in solidarity with the congregation and to carry prayers from their friends in the United States. What we saw deeply disturbed us. We stepped into Paris and saw a Jewish community under siege. We saw hatred of Jews expressing itself in a violent form. The police instructed us not to wear our yarmulkes on the streets of Paris, as it was considered dangerous and incendiary behavior to openly dress as Jews. At that time we were horrified to learn that some French Jews were afraid to post on social media for fear that that information could be used to track and assault them. During our stay in Paris, we experienced, ever so briefly, what a French Jew feels every day — a sense of constant danger simply for being Jewish."

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If you want to learn more about what is happening in Europe (not just France) on this issue, I can recommend http://www.lantosfoundation.org/ as a resource. Before I heard it from them this summer - I had no idea this was even a problem.







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