JFNA - Eric Fingerhut in Halle, Germany

David T. Brown, Jewish Federations of North America National Campaign chair, from left, Eric D. Fingerhut, JFNA president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America; Isaac Herzog, chairman of the executive at The Jewish Agency for Israel; United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo; and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Nov. 7, 2019. | Submitted photo

Jewish Federation leaders traveled to Halle, Germany, this week to meet with members of the local Jewish community in a demonstration of solidarity, according to a news release.

On Oct. 9 as worshipers joined for Yom Kippur services, a gunman open-fired on the Halle synagogue, which was protected by fortified doors. The doors were installed as part of The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Security Assistance Fund program, supported by Jewish Federations of North America. 

During the trip, the delegation joined U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas at the Halle synagogue, both of whom were visiting to learn from the local Jewish community about the challenges they face in central Germany.

Eric D. Fingerhut, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, thanked Pompeo.

“On behalf of the Jewish community we want to thank you for travelling to Halle, a place where the ravages of anti-Semitism have surfaced, to condemn this vicious act,” he said, according to the release. “In schools and in community centers, on television and on social media, we must drive out hate and anti-Semitism wherever it raises its ugly head.”

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