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  • In Paris, planned Jewish center touted as proof community is staying

    July 2, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Elsewhere in the world, unveiling plans for a new Jewish cultural center might merit little more than a cocktail reception. But in this city, where Jews have been the target of rising anti-Semitic violence, the event was significantly more elaborate, with French-Jewish leaders...

  • Fifteen charged with planning jihadist attack on French Jews

    June 8, 2015 | 1:34 pm

    Prosecutors in Paris presented their case against 15 defendants accused of planning jihadist attacks on French Jews and other targets.

    The trial against the men, alleged members of the banned terrorist group Forsane Alizza, began Monday at the Correctional Tribunal of Paris and...

  • Some good news coming out of France’s Jewish community: top-ranked schools

    April 13, 2015 | 10:19 am

    When mainstream French media report about Jewish schools, it’s usually not good news.

    Sometimes, the reports are about controversies surrounding public funding of such institutions in a country with a strong separation between religion and state.

    More often, the news is in the...

  • The safest place for French Jews

    February 12, 2015 | 10:33 am

    In light of the recent multiple stabbing on an Israeli bus, and the missile strike on the Golan that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven – an apparent Hezbollah retaliation for an Israeli strike that killed a senior Hezbollah commander and an Iranian General – I found...

  • Sunday Reads: The Iranian threat to the Arab world, The plight of the Jews of France

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 8, 2015 | 4:26 am


    Military strategist Steven Metz makes the case for a punitive expedition against ISIS:

    Airstrikes by the U.S. and other nations have put a damper on the mobility of IS, but cannot defeat it outright. In fact, the organization appears to be finding new recruits as fast as...

  • Letters to the editor: Matzo Ball, Barbara Boxer, French Jews and more

    January 28, 2015 | 10:46 am

    If I Go, There Will Be Trouble; If I Stay Will It Be Double?

    I am an American non-Jew and basically secular in thought. Until recently, I was completely unaware of Jews feeling threatened in Paris (“Stay or Go? French Jews Face a Growing — and Emotional — Dilemma,” Jan. 23). I am...

  • France’s Jewish migrants face challenge of life in Israel

    January 27, 2015 | 9:30 am

    At a busy supermarket in Jerusalem a smartly dressed woman, recently arrived in Israel, was stopping shoppers to ask if anyone spoke French. Having found a candidate, her first question was: "Where's the cheese counter?"

    For Jews coming to "the Jewish state" from all corners...

  • ‘All Jews must leave France’ —Really?

    January 26, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    Did the English leave England during WWII or did they head Winston Churchill’s words “NEVER NEVER NEVER Give in?”

    Did French Jews emerge from the ashes of the Holocaust to rebuild in France now to be finally purged from France by Islamists? 

    90,000 French Jews murdered in the...

  • After attack, spike in emigration could deplete France’s Jewish community

    January 13, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    Taken alone, the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Paris is nothing that French Jews haven’t seen before.

    Arguably, the 2012 attack that caught the Toulouse community unprepared was more traumatic because children were killed. And the 1982 attack on the...

  • French Jewry 101: From Rashi to Dreyfus to Hyper Cacher

    January 13, 2015 | 1:10 pm

    Last week’s deadly hostage siege at a kosher supermarket in Paris has French Jews (and some non-Jews) proclaiming “Je suis juif,” or “I am Jewish,” in solidarity with the four people killed in the attack.

    Who are the Jews of France? Here’s a primer.

    How many Jews are there in...

  • For embattled French Jews, mixed feelings about call to move to Israel

    January 12, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    French Jews are feeling embattled. Arsonists have targeted their synagogues, terrorists have attacked their schools and shops, and, with only a few exceptions, French society has not united behind them to stop the assaults and harassment.

    The solution, according to Israel’s prime...

  • France’s wake-up call

    January 12, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    The kosher supermarket was chosen deliberately. Men, women and children were shopping and preparing for Shabbat. Only two days before the attack, terrorists had left 10 of the best-known satirical journalists and cartoonists dead at Charlie Hebdo. Three French police officers were...

  • Manager of attacked Paris kosher market says he will leave for Israel

    January 12, 2015 | 12:14 pm

    The manager of the Paris kosher supermarket that came under attack plans to move to Israel, his brother told a German newspaper.

    Patrice Oalid, 39, who was shot in the arm and is recovering in the hospital, told his older brother, Joel, that after barely surviving the Jan. 9...

  • ‘France will no longer be France’ if Jews leave, prime minister says

    January 12, 2015 | 11:16 am

    The soul of the French republic would be at risk if there were a mass exodus of Jews from France, the country’s prime minister said.

    In an interview published Saturday, Manuel Valls said that the emancipation of the Jews was a “founding principle” of the republic and that if they...

  • Among some Jews, little faith in French authorities

    January 12, 2015 | 9:36 am

    When he heard that four Jews had died in an attack on a kosher supermarket near his home, 16-year-old Natan Kalifa was overcome with grief, anger and a feeling of exclusion from French society.

    He even contemplated staging an act of violence — possibly against Islamists who...

  • A Yom Kippur forum on anti-Semitism

    By Ryan Torok

    October 14, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Is the recent uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe due, in part, to the distance in time from the Holocaust and a fading memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in it? 

    This was among the topics of a panel discussion titled “Anti-Semitism in Europe: Crisis or Challenge?”...

  • France largest source of immigration to Israel so far in 2014

    September 5, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    Reaching a 25-year high, immigration to Israel from France has become the largest single source of newcomers to Israel so far this year.

    Some 4,566 French immigrants arrived in Israel from January through Sept. 1, surpassing Russia, with 2,632 immigrants, and Ukraine, with 3,252...

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests

    July 22, 2014 | 9:41 am

    The foreign ministers of GermanyFrance and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

    After 10 days of bombardment, ...

  • Le’Chaim to France

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 27, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    During last summer my family and I took a trip to Europe. From what I recall, I enjoyed most of the sites we visited, but one spot particularly captured me. A city, known to many, as the city of love, lights and romance. And a city that shaped the course of my entire high school...

  • Thousands of French Jews check out aliyah

    May 7, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Some 5,000 French Jews participated in an aliyah fair in Paris.

    The fair, organized and run by the Jewish Agency, took place Sunday as French voters went to the polls and elected Francois Hollande as their new president, beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, considered the favored...

  • Hollande beats Sarkozy to win French presidency

    May 6, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Francois Hollande became the first Socialist president of France in nearly two decades, defeating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

    With half the votes counted nationwide, Hollande was leading Sarkozy, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. Sarkozy, the center-left candidate, was considered the...

  • A teacher and three students shot dead outside French Jewish school

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 19, 2012 | 9:56 am

    Tragic new from France this morning that evokes images of the North Valley JCC shooting in 1999. JTA reports that three students and a teacher were shot dead outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France:

    A man riding a motorbike reportedly opened fire Monday morning outside the Ozar...

  • French philanthropist aid to Iranians comes full circle

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Philanthropist Hubert Leven, a French Ashkenazi Jew who recently visited Los Angeles, has ties to the close-knit Iranian Jewish community that go back four generations.

    More than 100 years ago, the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a nonprofit educational organization his...

  • Letter from France: Battle against anti-Semitism enters new phase with increased legal action and harsher penalties

    By Shirli Sitbon

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    French Jews were relieved to learn of the arrest and conviction of Nizar Ouedrani, a man who assaulted a young Jew wearing a kippah in Paris last July, as the victim was walking toward a synagogue.

    The incident is one among dozens, but for the first time, Jewish leaders noted, the...

  • Plan 9 from La Belle France

    By David Suissa

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If I were the boss of L.A. Jewry, I'd make it easier for French Jews to move to Los Angeles. Why? Because many of them would love to live here. And judging from those that have already settled here, they boost the local economy, they enhance our quality of life, and they love their...
  • France Tirelessly Battles Anti-Semitism

    By Philippe Larrieu

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After 15 days of violent urban unrest, at a time when all those who have France at heart are worried and distressed, when the beautiful motto of the French Revolution, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity," seems endangered, I would like to convey a strong and meaningful message: France is...

  • French Riots Not a Jewish Problem

    By Lauren Elkin

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Some media are calling it a "suburban intifada," but the rioting that is rocking France is not a Jewish problem, but a national one.

    That appears to be the consensus of French Jews, who are simultaneously alarmed at the widespread violence of mostly Muslim youths in suburbs around...

  • Anti-Semitism Takes No Holiday in France

    By Carole Raphaelle Davis

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This is the season of le grand départ, when millions of French people leave for their summer vacation. Eighty-four percent of the French population will be going away on holiday this summer, and there are traffic jams hundreds of kilometers long from Paris to the Riviera.

    But this...

  • French Jews

    By Philip Carmel

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    French Jewish leader Roger Cukierman has moderated his tone during the past 12 months -- but his message appears largely unaltered.

    Jews in France are living "in a time of malaise," Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization of French Jews, told more than 800 guests at...

  • Jews Bid France Adieu

    By Andrew Diamond

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With French Jews complaining about a rise in anti-Semitic violence, there appears to be a sharp increase in the number of people inquiring about immigrating to Israel.

    After several years of declining aliyah (immigration to Israel) from France, the Jewish Agency for Israel has seen a...