French Jewish exodus: “in two months we’ll be called filthy Jews again”

Félix Freoa was already intending to emigrate to Israel with his wife and four children in March or April. He and his family have been planning the move for the last couple of years. But after Friday’s deadly hostage-taking at a kosher supermarket they know well, they could wait no longer, and brought forward their departure. “That afternoon, we applied to go next month,” said Félix. Continue reading…

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Why are French Jews heading to Israel in such numbers?

At the Jerusalem funeral of the four French Jews murdered in the HyperCacher supermarket, Claude Bloch was standing near the back listening to the French ecology minister, Ségolène Royal, deliver her eulogy on behalf of the French government. Continue reading…

French Jewish community ponders its future after Paris attacks

In the kosher Au Club Market grocery on Monday, the teaching assistant from the Jewish school in the Paris district of Montrouge fishes out her smartphone and hits play. The sounds of gunfire and children crying resonate in the quiet of the store, where teaching assistant Priscilla B is doing her lunchtime shopping. “I held my phone out of the window to record it,” she says. Continue reading…