Jewish-Christian group funding aliyah from France, emergency aid to Chabad there


(JTA) — In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has granted emergency security aid to French-Jewish communal institutions.

In addition, the interfaith group announced Sunday that it would help any French Jew wishing to immigrate to Israel.

The fellowship has provided immediate emergency aid of more than $86,000 to 25 synagogues and schools run by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement across France, including in Paris and Toulouse, to beef up security by adding guards and more sophisticated security systems, it said in a statement. The philanthropic group also said it was considering other steps to help improve security for the French-Jewish community.

“Amid the horrific terror attacks in Paris, it is critical that we help better protect French-Jewish communal institutions, which have been targets in the past,” said the fellowship’s president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. “At the same time, we are extending our immediate support to any French Jew who wishes to leave France and make aliyah to Israel.”

Two families were scheduled to leave France on Monday for Israel with the fellowship’s assistance, while the organization said it will also be bringing a special flight of French Jews to Israel at the end of November.

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