Why Sharansky is Wrong to Write off European Jewry

A leader is one whose words not only describe reality, but whose words prescribe the future.

By Barbara Spectre

“I believe we are beginning to see the end of Jewish history in Europe”
Natan Sharansky, Jewish Chronicle (UK) July 25th

Dear Natan,

I am certain that it gave you no joy to have uttered what you said, in the wake of rising antisemitism and the discomfort of Jews in France, as well as increased aliyah to Israel. You suggested that the situation might herald not only the demise of the venerable French Jewish community but also of Jewish communities throughout Europe. That prediction must cause you pain, as I know of your deep dedication to Jews wherever they are.

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Building Bridges and Promoting a Legacy of Unity

GesherBy Ayala Young

In the 18 days between the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Sha’ar, and Naftali Fraenkel and the revelation of their untimely deaths, an unprecedented wave of heightened solidarity overtook Jews in Israel and around the world.

The #BringBackOurBoys campaign, the leading social media and activism campaign behind the solidarity efforts, took on a life of its own and generated numerous rallies, charities and learning initiatives aimed at easing the pain of the boys’ families and the nation at large.

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