In 2015, a terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket – which left four Jewish men dead – brought international attention to the problem of anti-Semitism in France. Members of the Jewish community in France started dealing with heightened violence, which continues today.
Thankfully, our donors have stood by the Jewish people. Beginning in 2015, The Fellowship launched a new emergency security program for the French-Jewish communities in France, providing funding of more than $86,000 to 25 synagogues and Chabad Jewish schools to beef up security measures, such as adding security guards and installing building security systems. We also offered these Jews a chance to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) with The Fellowship.
Today we continue to help French Jews make aliyah to find freedom and safety in the Holy Land. With anti-Semitism on the rise in France, and now throughout Europe, and with threats to the Jewish community there becoming dire, more Jews want to start new lives in Israel.
As we continue to mourn the loss of 11 people in the Squirrel Hill attack, we are reminded that anti-Semitism and terror attacks threaten many Jewish communities, in the U.S. and abroad – and we must continue to stand with the Jewish people, helping protect them.