(JNS.org) The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) honored German
Chancellor Angela Merkel this week with the Lord Jakobovits Prize for European
Jewry at the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels for her public denunciation
of European anti-Semitism and her support of the German Jewish community.
“Chancellor Merkel is a worthy recipient in recognition of her continuing efforts of inter-communal harmony across Europe, her friendship towards the Jewish community and outstanding contributions to the promotion of tolerance and understanding,” said the CER's president, Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA).
In her acceptance speech, Merkel said the fight against anti-Semitism “is a paramount duty of a free democratic state,” and also stressed the importance of the education of new generations about Nazi-era atrocities.