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Conference of European Rabbis in Toulouse, France


12-5-2015

The 29th meeting of the Conference of European Rabbis will be meeting on Tuesday in Toulouse, France to mark the anniversary of the “Day of Release and Salvation”. On the 26th of Iyyar, 70 years ago next Friday, the Third Reich surrendered to France.

B’Hadrei Haredim reported that about 200 prominent rabbis and judges of Europe headed by the Av Beit Din Europe, the Gaon Rabbi Chanoch Hacohen Ehrentreu, and the heads of Jewish organizations from thirty-two countries, will participate in the conference to be held under the title – “European Jewry During the Test”.

The President of the Conference and Rabbi of Moscow, the Gaon Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said that the conference will deal with the theme of Jewish rights on the continent, Judaism and the next generation, Jewish education as a foundation to secure the Jewish people, methods in the war against assimilation, technological innovations in light of Jewish law, and more. The conference will last three days during which participants will hear important lessons from rabbis, judges, heads of Jewish organizations, and experts. The conference will end on Thursday, Twenty-May.

On the eve of the conference there will be a special session of the Standing Committee of Rabbis in Paris during which the President, Hagaon Rav Goldschmidt and the Vice President, the Rabbi of France, Rabbi Haim Corsia, will present the award named after Rabbi Lord Jakubowicz, to the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Wells, for the warmth and the unique relationship towards the largest Jewish community in Europe. Certificates of Merit will be awarded to the interior and defense ministers of France who will participate in this special event.

On Wednesday, the conference will hold a special memorial ceremony for the quarter of a million Jewish soldiers in the Allied armies Red Army and underground fighters who were killed in the war against the Nazis. A special dinner will be held after the ceremony attended by the Chief Rabbi of Israel, and will be led by Rabbi Yosef Dooak, the rabbi of the Spanish Portuguese community in London.

On Thursday, the rabbis will hold morning prayers with the students of ‘Living Treasure’ (Otzar Chayim) where there was a massacre of 3 students in 2012. After the prayers and speeches in their memory by Rabbi Jacob Mosongo, the rav of the school, they will continue to a memorial ceremony held in Toulouse, at which the Rishon LeTzion, Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, will speak.

A number of European political leaders, diplomats, as well as chief rabbis and other representatives of European Jewish communities were present, representatives of World Congress of Georgean Jews led by the President Mr. Gabriel Mirilashvili

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Prime Minister of France, Manuel Wells & President WCGJ Gabriel Mirilashvili

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President WCGJ Gabriel Mirilashvili & Chief of staff, General Pierre de Villiers

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