Fellowship offers security aid in Paris, aliyah assistance

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has granted emergency security aid to French-Jewish communal institutions.

In addition, the Fellowship announced Sunday evening that it would help any French Jew wishing to immigrate to Israel.

The Fellowship has provided immediate emergency aid of more than $86,000 to 25 synagogues and schools run by the Chabad Lubavitch movement across France, including in Paris and Toulouse, to beef up security by adding security guards and more sophisticated security systems, the organization said in a statement. The Fellowship also is considering other steps to help improve security for the entire French-Jewish community, the group said.

The Fellowship announced Sunday it will help support any French Jew wishing to immigrate to Israel. Two families were scheduled to leave France on Monday for Israel with the Fellowship’s assistance, while the Fellowship said it will also be bringing a special flight of French Jews to Israel at the end of November.

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“Amid the horrific terror attacks in Paris, it is critical that we help better protect French-Jewish communal institutions, which have been targets in the past,” said Fellowship Presidnet Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. “At the same time, we are extending our immediate support to any French Jew who wishes to leave France and make aliyah to Israel.”

The Fellowship has provided assistance for security measures at 21 Chabad synagogues and other institutions including in Argentina, Brazil, China, Cypress, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Nepal, Spain and Thailand, in addition to in India and France.

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