Anti-Semitism is an everyday problem for Europe's Jews.
In France — home to the largest Jewish population in Europe — an incredible 70% Jews say they've been victims of anti-Semitism. Conspiracy theories about Jewish control of the press and the government are creeping into the mainstream. Jewish cemeteries, memorials, and monuments are vandalized almost monthly.
As a persecuted people, we know that we must not remain silent in the face of rising hate. This October, our synagogue will travel to Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris to meet with government officials, journalists and local Jewish communities and leaders; learn more about the modern resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe; and support our people in their struggle.
The mission, led by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, will meet European Union representatives and leading politicians in Belgium; hear from Strasbourg's mayor, chief supreme court justice, regional police commissioner, and Jewish community leaders about how they're collaborating to counter anti-Semitism; see firsthand the immigrant neighborhoods of Paris and explore the anti-Semitism coming both from right- wing political movements and local Muslim communities; explore the immigrant neighborhoods of Paris often associated with poverty, religious radicalization and crime — and learn about the efforts to decrease anti-Semitism there; and much more. We'll leave Europe with a deeper understanding of the urgency of fighting hatred wherever it rears its ugly head.
The deadline to register is March 1, 2020.
For any questions or to sign up, please contact Donna Levine at or (212) 877-4050, ext. 223.