In the wake of the deadly ISIS terror attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) announced his organization is expanding its emergency aid for French-Jewish institutions across France.
“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,” Eckstein said in a statement. “At the same time, we are extending our immediate support to any French Jew who wishes to leave France and make aliyah (immigrate) to Israel.”
The IFCJ plans on sending more than $86,000 in emergency aid to 25 synagogues and schools run by the Chabad Lubavitch movement in France as part of bolstering security measures, including hiring extra security guards and enhancing existing security systems.
According to the IFCJ, the aid is the latest of more than $1 million in security support that the organization began providing to Chabad institutions worldwide after the terror attacks in Mumbai against Chabad and others.
Aside from helping to enhance security measures in France and India, the IFCJ has helped Chabad synagogues and institutions better protect themselves in Argentina, Brazil, China, Cypress, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Nepal, Spain and Thailand.
“The last few days, have been living hell for the citizens of France, and especially for the Jews of Paris,” said Rabbi Mendel Azimov, director of Chabad of Paris. “Naturally we feel like sitting ducks, very aware that our community centers, synagogues and educational institutions are in realistic danger at all times. Rabbi Eckstein was the first to approach us, seeking to immediately solve any security issues we may have. We do not have words sufficiently strong to express our gratitude. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and its donors are saving lives, protecting the principals of freedom and fighting the terrorists with both love and courage.”