France

French Birthright Expected To Increase Tenfold This Year

06/11/2014
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The number of French participants in Taglit-Birthright Israel is slated to increase to 1,000 this year from approximately 100 a year ago.

Aliyah Up From France, Down From U.S.

11/26/2013
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Jewish immigration from France to Israel has increased by 49 percent in the first nine months of 2013 compared to last year.

Report: 58% Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks In France In 2012

02/20/2013

France saw an increase of 58 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to a report by the French Jewish community.

Remembering Ed Koch, From Paris

02/07/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

I am writing this from Paris, where I am participating in the mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.  We are here for five days, and will be moving on for five days of meeting in Israel this coming Sunday.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Anti-Semitic attacks in France rise 45 percent this year

French-Jewish security unit counts 386 incidents between January and September.

10/11/2012

France has seen a 45 percent increase in anti-Semitic attacks reported through August from the corresponding period a year ago.

In one of three recent incidents reported by SPCJ, the security unit of France’s Jewish communities, unidentified assailants near Paris injured a Jewish woman in her sukkah on Oct. 5.

French Police Kill Suspect In Kosher Grocery Bombing

10/07/2012

French police have shot and killed one man in Strasbourg and arrested 10 others in a series of raids on suspects in the recent bombing of a kosher supermarket near Paris.

The dead man, Jeremy Louis Sidney, was shot on Saturday afternoon after firing and lightly wounding one of eight police officers who came to arrest him at his apartment, the daily Le Parisien quoted Patrick Poirret of Strasbourg's prosecutor’s office as saying.

Lightly Injured Shopper At Kosher Paris Kosher Market

09/19/2012

 An explosion at a kosher grocery shop near Paris, reportedly caused by a grenade, damaged the store and injured a shopper, French police said.

Police have not linked Wednesday afternoon’s attack to the release of caricatures hours earlier by a Paris weekly depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, including one featuring a haredi Orthodox Jew and a religious Muslim.

Synagogue Rededicated In France

09/04/2012
Staff Writer

For a century, the city of Mulhouse, in eastern France, was best known for its role in a sad part of Jewish history. It is the birthplace of Alfred Dreyfus, the assimilated French Jewish soldier who was the victim of anti-Semitism.

This week, the Jewish community of Mulhouse made the news in a better fashion — the Grand Synagogue, damaged in a fire two years ago, was rededicated.

Participants in the ceremony included France’s Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim and Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

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Three Wounded In Anti-Semitic Attack In Southeast France

06/05/2012

Three Jews wearing kippot were attacked on Saturday in the city of Villeurbanne, just outside Lyon in eastern France. Ten men armed with iron rods and hammers perpetrated what the French Interior Ministry has officially classified as an anti-Semitic attack.

Two of the three victims were hospitalized, one with injuries to the head, and the other with neck injuries.

The French police reported that the three victims, aged 19, 21 and 22, had been heading home when they were confronted by a gang of three, apparently Muslim, North Africans, Army Radio reported.

French Jews’ Fears Rising

With Sarkozy vulnerable, concern that the anti-Israel far left will gain ground.

04/24/2012
Staff Writer

French Jews fear that the odds-on favorite to win the French presidential run-off election May 6 will do so by reaching out to the far left, among whom are rabid anti-Israeli activists who favor the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that seeks to delegitimize Israel.

The Jewish community’s favorite candidate, incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, remains behind in the polls after coming in second in a 10-candidate race in the first round of balloting last Sunday.

Socialist Francois Hollande, right, is expected to draw substantial support from French Jews.
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