We are obviously shocked and horrified by the senseless acts of terror perpetrated last week in France.
These inhumane acts are a further reminder of the fragility of life and the need for civilized people to join together. Our hearts and minds are with the people of France and the families of the victims. We have expressed our condolences and unwavering support directly to the French Jewish community at this most difficult time.
Below is information about ways our community is connecting with and supporting French Jewry and the victims of terror:
1. Supporting the families of the murdered French Jews and dealing with the aftermath as it relates to communal institutions:
Through The Associated's partnership with our overseas beneficiaries, principally, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), we are providing a broad array of services ranging from trauma counseling to security for the community and its institutions. At this juncture, our sizable allocation to our partners who are on the ground in France is addressing the immediate needs and making a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters.
If the expanse of needs widens, The Associated will implement a community-wide emergency appeal. However, at this point, the generous support made possible through your Annual Campaign gifts is addressing the needs in France. We will keep you posted on developments as they unfold.
There is a strong possibility that there may be an acceleration of individuals moving to Israel from France. This is not a new phenomenon given the situation in Europe; however, we were briefed by JAFI and know they are positioned to deal with transportation, acculturation and support. Again, we will keep you updated. The Jerusalem Post addressed this topic in a recent article.
Also, if you would like to express your condolences to the families affected by this violence and show your solidarity with the French Jewish community, please click here to send a message.
2. Updates and articles of relevance:
Timely communications will be posted to The Associated's Facebook page. Please make sure to follow us and share our posts using #JeSuisJuif and #JeSuisCharlie.
3. Security in Jewish Baltimore:
The realities of the last decade have made security a top communal priority. Our security plan continues with vigor. We thank the Baltimore City and Baltimore County police departments for their ongoing support of resources. Their partnership has been invaluable.
In addition, we owe gratitude to Secure Community Network or SCN, the security initiative launched by Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) several years ago. This organization has been an important component of our security plan, lending consultative services and intelligence. Paul Goldenberg, director of SCN, is currently in Paris at the request of the Parisian Jewish community.
We also want to underscore the important resources in place in Baltimore through the security headquarters at the Baltimore Jewish Council. Keith Tiedeman, Director of Security, has been and is ready to assist synagogues and Jewish communal organizations.
We thank you for your support of our community and our global Jewish family. We look forward to the day when we can share news of peace and tolerance.