According to an article in The Washington Post’s PostEverything section, by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, 7,000 French Jews have fled France in the past year and moved to Israel over growing concerns of antisemitic movements. Herzfeld writes that, “The U.S. should open its doors to imperiled European Jews,” and goes on to inform us that a Bronx rabbinical school, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, is already doing just that.
He opens the article on the recent Paris attacks and says:
“As the world rightly focuses on the recent terror attacks in Paris on Charlie Hedbo and a kosher grocery store, it should be noted that the second attack is part of a larger problem: the ongoing vitriol toward the French Jewish community.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders invited French Jews to move to Israel. That’s a nice gesture, but it’s not enough. The United States should join Israel and offer to also open up its shores as a refuge to the endangered Jews of France.”
Rabbi Shmuel further added:
The American Jewish community must make it a priority to help Jews in France — and other European communities facing resurgent anti-Semitism. We should use existing immigration law to bring French Jews to the United States on a case-by-case basis. For example, in addition to student visas, we should be exploring H-1B visas for highly skilled workers, J-1 visas for people with medical training and E-B5 visas for people able to invest money in the United States. A rabbinical school in the Bronx, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, is already doing this: The school is actively recruiting French students. The rest of the Jewish community should immediately follow suit and invest more resources into helping French Jews come to the United States.
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