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A statement from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

The Greater New Orleans Jewish community has been stunned by the terrible events that took place this week in France. We are all shocked at the series of horrific acts: the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, the killing of police officers and the standoff at a Jewish grocery store in Paris that resulted in the murder of four hostages.


We express our condolences and sympathies to the families of those murdered and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. We are appreciative of the strong immediate response of the French government and the security forces who have labelled these as acts of terrorism and anti-Semitism.


France has a large Muslim population of over two million and growing—and with that growth, we have seen a dramatic increase in extremism. We have also seen a tremendous rise in anti-Semitic acts, including the murder of three innocent children and one adult at a Jewish school in Toulouse in March 2012.


The impact of the rising jihadi movement in France has been stark. Emigration of French Jews to Israel reached more than 5,000 in the last year. This is mostly a manifestation of the unease that French Jews feel being seriously threatened in a country that was the first in Europe to offer free and equal citizenship to Jews. 


We call on all of the people of France at this time to show tolerance and restraint. This is a time to treat all with equal respect and dignity, regardless of race, religion or nationality. Revenge – such as this week’s mosque bombing – is to be condemned, too, as both hateful and in opposition to peace. 


Here in New Orleans, we hope for similar tolerance and respect for all, whether Jewish, Muslim, Christian or any other culture or faith. Our door is always open for dialogue and cooperation with all. 


Michael J. Weil
Executive Director
Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

We are horrified and profoundly saddened by the two terror attacks in Paris, including the brutal murder of four members of the French Jewish community in a deadly siege at the Hyper Cacher kosher market. These tragic events make it abundantly clear that Jews around the world face a unique and elevated threat from global terrorism.

 

The Jewish Federations of North America has been tracking and responding to events in Paris as they occur. In coordination with the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and the Service de protection de la communauté juive in France, we are working to ensure that local Jewish institutions, schools and synagogues as well as French Jewish citizens are protected from further attacks. 

 

We are painfully aware that these callous and cowardly acts are not isolated incidents. Rather, they are the latest in a series of increasingly disturbing and violent attacks, including the 2012 Toulouse school shooting and multiple attacks during Operation Protective Edge last summer. These events have increased the security concerns of French Jewry and also led to a dramatic rise in immigration of French Jews to Israel.

 

At this difficult time, we affirm that we stand in solidarity with the 500,000-strong French Jewish community, the families and friends of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the entire nation of France. Join us and sign our message of condolence and solidarity.

 

We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation and ask you to consider making a donation to aid French Jews.

 

Many Federations have also initiated philanthropic responses and opened mailboxes for donations. The Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles Federations have each approved grants of $100,000.

 

For more information, please read our letter to the French Jewish community and our media statement. You can also listen to a teleconference featuring JTA European correspondent Cnaan Lipshiz and communal security expert Paul Goldenberg, and a teleconference featuring Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman.

 

We thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Federation accepting nominations for 2015-2017 Leadership Development Program Class

 

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2015-2017 Lemann-Stern Leadership Development Program class. The program, which was begun in 1960, trains outstanding young people in the Greater New Orleans Jewish community for positions of leadership. Two years in length, the program includes a mission to Israel, monthly meetings, and access to conferences. The group will consist of couples (non-Jewish partners of Jewish participants are eligible), as well as single men and women. 

 

Selections will be made by a broad-based committee, representing all aspects of our comunity. Those whom you nominate should have demonstrated potential for future leadership, along with the commitment to remain in the New Orleans area. The age parameters are 28-45, with an emphasis on the 30-35 age group. To learn more, please contact Sherri Tarr, Assistant Executive Director, at sherritarr@jewishnola.com or at 504-780-5609. Please click here to download the nomination form.

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A police officer reacts as he is escorted from the scene following the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on Jan. 9, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images via JTA News)

 

UPCOMING IN NEW ORLEANS

Jan

25

Federation Super Sunday

Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus 3747 West Esplanade Avenue
Metairie, LA 70002

Jan

25

Hadassah Board Installation

To be announced LA

Jan

25

Touro Synagogue L'Chayim Dinner Fundraiser

Touro Synagogue 4238 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115