With terror and anti-Semitism facing Jews all around the world, perhaps one of the Jewish communities being most threatened is that in France. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Eckstein talks about how French Jews see Israel as their best hope, and that The Fellowship and our faithful supporters are making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) possible for them:
These Jews of Nice are among 500 French Jews who will be starting new lives in Israel this summer amid intensifying anti-Semitism and radical Islamic terrorist attacks in France, from the Hyper Cacher attack in Paris last year to Nice last week. For three months we have been speaking to Jews, who say life for Jews is becoming untenable in France. One family that lives in the 19th arrondissement of Paris tells us their children face daily attacks at their Jewish day school. Another family talks about being afraid to wear kippot or other symbols of their Judaism in public. It’s a story we hear over and over. In the short time we’ve been facilitating aliya flights from France, we’ve fielded more than 5,100 inquiries from Jews from the country about moving to Israel.
France is only a drop in the bucket. Since January, we have brought to Israel more than 700 Jews facing economic and security challenges from Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Turkey and Ukraine – and we continue to hear from Jews in those countries and elsewhere, who see their future in the Jewish homeland...
So far in 2016 we have already brought almost 5,000 Jews from 15 countries to Israel, and we continue to bring more. Of the new French olim we are assisting, half are children whose parents see Israel as their best hope for a brighter future. We must stand with them, every step of the way. We cannot let them down.