JDC partnering with French Jewish community to provide support amid growing threats

he wreath left outside the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Jan. 16, to pay homage to the Jewish victims of the Jan. 9 terrorist attack at that site. Credit: U.S. Department of State.

(JNS.org) The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) said Tuesday that it is partnering with the French Jewish community to assist in the areas of alleviating trauma, crisis-management training, and the relocation of at-risk Jews from troubled neighborhoods around Paris.

The announcement by JDC comes after last month’s Islamist terror attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris. JDC said it will partner with French Jewish organizations to help provide post-trauma care to those affected by the recent terror attacks and other anti-Semitic attacks. 

Ariel Goldmann, president of Fonds Social Juif Unifié (FSJU), the central community fundraising body of the French Jewish community, said that FSJU is “proud to have JDC by our side during these difficult times.”

“A close partner and friend for many years, we know that together with JDC, our community can be stronger and better equipped to navigate all that we face,” Goldmann said.

The JDC will also provide training to French Jewish community leaders on upgraded crisis-management capacity to address emergency situations in real-time. Additionally, JDC will assist with efforts to relocate vulnerable Jews—mainly the elderly and poor families—from areas plagued by high crime, poverty, and Islamic radicalism. 

“We are proud to partner once again with the French Jewish community to ensure that as they chart their future, we are there to strengthen their resiliency, implement specialized services for the most vulnerable, and present a united front in the face of violent hate,” said JDC CEO Alan H. Gill.

Posted on February 3, 2015 .