Dear Friends of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County,
We are all saddened by the terrible events last week in France. Many of you have asked how you may help and show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the French Jewish Community. We thought you would like to know that there was a nation-wide conference on Monday by our parent organization, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) updating our community about the situation. The speakers included:
Cnaan Liphshiz, a Jewish Telegraph Agency correspondent, whose beat focuses on the mosaic of cultures, languages and traditions that is European Jewry, and
Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network (SCN), the national homeland security initiative of JFNA and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Paul regularly consults with Jewish organizations in the United States and around the world on security-related matters and in the wake of terrorist attacks such as the ones perpetrated in Paris this week.
They reported about life in France right now for the 500,000 Jews who live there (making them the second largest diaspora community, after the U.S.) and what they anticipate the future to hold.
JFNA is asking that we request donations be directed to a special “France Emergency Fund” to help with security needs in France, as well as the victims’ families.
Thank you for your concern and for responding.
Harriet Miller, President, Jewish Federation of Ulster County and Arlene Gould, Executive Coordinator