German Jews

European Jews Hail Merkel's Re-election, Invite Her To Visit

09/23/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

On the heels of Angela Merkel’s re-election to a third term, the Board of Deputies of British Jews has invited her to visit to receive a special award, the first time it has issued such an invitation to any German chancellor, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

Angela Merkel won re-election as Germany's chancellor and an invitation to visit Britain's Jewish community. Getty Images

Frankfurt Elects First Jewish Mayor Since 1933

03/25/2012 - 20:00

 

The German city of Frankfurt has elected its first Jewish mayor since 1933 and only its second in history.

In elections held Sunday, Peter Feldmann, a 53-year-old economist and political scientist, won with 57 percent of the vote -- surprising even himself, according to news reports. The Social Democrat will succeed Petra Roth of the conservative Christian Democratic Union.

Feldmann, the former head of a home for seniors, takes the helm of a city with some 650,000 inhabitants and Germany's fourth-largest Jewish population.

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