From JFGP President and CEO, Marc Blattner:
The recent string of deadly terror attacks in Paris has shaken every French citizen—Jew and non-Jew alike. A somber funeral for the four Jewish victims took place in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin both spoke. Segolene Royal, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, presented each of the four victims posthumously with the Legion of Honor medal, France’s highest civilian honor.
There has been an outpouring of support from the North American Jewish community. Jewish Federations across the continent have provided philanthropic support to help victims’ families and enhance security at the nearly 500 Jewish sites across France, from schools to supermarkets. Of particular concern is the safety of the more than 32,000 children attending Jewish day schools.
The Jewish Agency for Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Government of Israel have been in constant contact with the leadership of the French Jewish community to assess security needs. The Jewish Federation system is coordinating closely with all these parties in order to ascertain how assistance from our community can best be applied.
We encourage everyone to share a personal message with the Jewish community. To reach the leadership of the French Jewish community e-mail:
- Ariel Goldmann, President, le Fonds social juif unifie (FSJU) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Roger Cukierman, President, Conseil representatif des institutions juives de France (CRIF) at email@example.com.
Your support at this time is more than appreciated.