french jews

‘Elijah Plus Four French Legion Soldiers’

North of Paris, a beleaguered Jewish community prepares for the seder.

04/05/2016 - 16:26

Saint-Denis, France — After three firebombs hit the synagogue of this poor and heavily Muslim suburb of Paris, municipal authorities advised the local Jewish community to lower its profile.

Many Jewish institutions require constant protection.  Above, soldiers guard a Chabad school in Paris.

French Farce

02/10/2016 - 09:30
Editorial

International pressure on Israel to initiate and carry out a resolution of its conflict with the Palestinians is mounting. But the latest peace proposal from France, including a statement by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, is a perfect example of diplomatic bias against Israel. It delays rather than advances prospects for serious negotiations. That’s because in calling for an international conference, Fabius asserted that if the conference fails, France will recognize a Palestinian state.

A Visible Sign of Support For Threatened French Jews

02/02/2016 - 17:30
Staff Writer

In France, which is becoming an increasingly unsafe place for Jews — especially those who openly identify as Jews — it is particularly dangerous for Jewish men to wear a kipa in public.

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To Wear, Or Not To Wear? French Jews Wrestle With The Yarmulke Amid Growing Fears

01/15/2016 - 11:09

Claude Chiche doesn’t wear a skullcap, but he has strong opinions about them.

“There are some here want to take off their kippah because they’re afraid,” said Tunisian-born Chiche, referring to the Hebrew word for yarmulke or skullcap. “But they shouldn’t accept this; they shouldn’t give in to fear.”

A man wearing a skullcap is seen during a demonstration called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France.

New Israelis, From France

12/23/2015 - 09:00

From blue-and-white-and-red to white-and-blue.

The latest group of French Jews to make aliyah exchanged more than the colors of their national flag when they arrived one recent day at Ben-Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv. They are starting new lives in their spiritual homeland.

Jewish Agency

French Jews Still Testing Israeli Waters

Will summer spike in French tourists translate into a wave of immigrants?

09/01/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — It’s the first night of the Israeli workweek, but as midnight approaches, the cafés near Tel Aviv’s beach are overflowing with patrons. A couple of steps closer to the water reveals an explanation: the city’s recently renovated beach promenade is awash with hundreds of teens and 20somethings carrying on in French.

A Tel Aviv real estate brokerage firm with signs in French. Joshua Mitnick/JW

$11 Million Jewish Cultural Center To Be Built In Paris

06/28/2015 - 20:00

Paris — An $11 million Jewish cultural institution will be built in Paris, the city’s mayor and the oldest existing Jewish organization in France announced.

Pushing For Massive French Aliyah

Minimal investment could spur record immigration from a prosperous country, advocate says.

06/23/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Speaking at the Grand Synagogue in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket murders in January, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stirred controversy when he announced: “Any Jew who chooses to come to Israel will be greeted with open arms and an open heart; it is not a foreign nation, and hopefully they and you will one day come to Israel.”

Gary Rosenblatt

French Jews Still In ‘Wait-And-See Mode’

Six months after attack on kosher market, ex-pats here say little has changed back home.

06/23/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Most of the Parisian Jews who had considered making aliyah before a fatal terrorist attack on the city’s Hyper Cacher supermarket six months ago still think about moving to Israel, but few have taken the step, said a Manhattan expatriate who returned earlier this month from a visit to relatives in France.

Upper West Sider Stella Amar-Cohen says people there “are not talking about leaving right away.”

15 Charged With Planning Jihadist Attacks On French Jews

06/08/2015 - 20:00

Prosecutors in Paris presented their case against 15 defendants accused of planning jihadist attacks on French Jews and other targets.

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