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.
JFNA’s Executive Committee met yesterday to discuss the situation and our response as a system, which will include:
- The opening of the France Emergency Fund to address security needs of the French Jewish community, as well as to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of the terror attacks
- A page on which community members can post condolences and send messages of support to the French Jewish community
- A national solidarity mission to France, in consultation and coordination with the French community leadership
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.
We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation and ask you to please make a donation to aid French Jews in this difficult time.
We thank you in advance for your generosity.