I left London this past Tuesday morning after a long weekend and wonderful Shabbat there, and landed in Madrid this afternoon, preparing to meet up with the Conference of Presidents mission here. If anyone asks you what London and Madrid have in common besides both being in Europe, the answer is that, right at this moment, they're both cold and wet!
As I write this, I am somewhere over the Atlantic, on my way back to New York after two intense and remarkable weeks exploring the Jewish communities of France and Israel with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. I am a member of the Conference because I am the sitting President of the Rabbinical Assembly, the professional organization of Conservative rabbis.
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.
Ile-de-France, the district of France that includes Paris, has signed a cooperation agreement with east Jerusalem, the city’s Palestinian district.
The agreement between Ile-de-France and the Palestinian Authority, which was approved on Sept. 28 and which will be signed this month, will send 300,000 euros for educational and social welfare programs to east Jerusalem, according to the Times of Israel.
The agreement undercuts Israel’s claim to east Jerusalem, which Israel considers part of its united capital.
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.
An explosion at a kosher grocery shop near Paris damaged the store and injured four people. 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.
One report said the blast was caused by a grenade while another said a package bomb was left at the store.
Paris — In a country where baguettes reign supreme, Djibril Bodian has earned the tribute of its capital city for his work as an artisan of the staff of life.
The 33-year-old native of Senegal, who came to France as a child and wistfully recalls playing in his father’s bakery, is the recipient of an annual award given by the Paris mayor’s office for producing the best baguettes in the city.
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