Jan 14, 2015

Stand with Our Jewish Family in France

Je Suis Juif: Stand with Our Jewish Family in France

We are horrified, profoundly saddened and outraged by the recent barbaric attacks on civic institutions and Jewish targets in Paris. Twelve massacred at Charlie Hebdo… French Jews taken hostage and four killed while shopping for Shabbat at a busy kosher supermarket… The Grand Synagogue in Paris closed for the first time since World War II. These most recent acts make even clearer the uncertainty of Jewish life in France… and the elevated threat to Jews around the world from global terrorism.

Amid plaques and memorials to the 77,000 French Jews exterminated by the Nazi regime, our Jewish family in France is all too familiar with the depths of horror where violent extremism and anti-Semitism feed on each other. Throughout the Diaspora and, of course, in Israel, we know well the implications and consequences of these heinous acts. In our Jewish home of South Palm Beach County, we grieve and we fear, we rise in outrage and stand in unity with our Jewish brothers and sisters in France at this escalating wave of terror.

Even as we take heart in the international and interfaith solidarity demonstrated at Sunday’s march in Paris, we continue to call upon world leaders and all in the global community who value freedom and civil society to rise to this critical challenge of our time by condemning the intolerable bloodshed and threats, and seeking and demanding solutions.

We know it is also time to act on our thoughts and feelings with financial support for the beleaguered Jews of France. Our Federation has joined with Jewish communities across the continent in the Jewish Federations of North America’s France Emergency Fund.

100% of all donations will support our overseas
partners' work on the ground in France.

Thank you for considering a special gift at this time. Your concern and generosity will:

• Support the families of the Jews murdered last week and the other victims of the terrorist attacks
• Assist the French Jewish community in meeting the increased security needs of Jewish institutions and schools
• Provide additional funding for the increased aliyah and absorption of French Jews seeking the safety of Israel. In the last year, more than 7,000 Jews have made aliyah, triple the number from 2013, and requests continue to rise steeply.

Our Federation’s overseas beneficiary agencies are actively engaged in security efforts for Jewish communities across France. As always, we ourselves remain vigilant. Security on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus is our highest priority, and serves as a model for Jewish Federations throughout the country.