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2014-11-01 / 8 Heshvan 5775
  • Press releases / October 31st, 2014

    Change at the head of the Central Council of Jews

    There will be a change at the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany at the end of the year. In a letter to the Directorate of the Central Council, its President Dr. Graumann announced that he would not run again as presidential candidate in the re-elections in November 2014.

  • News / October 1st, 2014

    “Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism!”

    Speech given by Dr. Dieter Graumann, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, at the rally “Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism!”, September 14th, 2014

    Dieter Graumann, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany

    Dear friends,

    as I look around, I am very glad indeed to see that so many people have come together here today to send out a signal. It gives me a measure of strength and confidence, and it does us the world of good.

    It was beyond my wildest imaginings that we here in Germany would ever have to gather to protest against anti-Semitism together. But now that it has become necessary, we stand united and resolute here to show that there can be no place for anti-Semitism! Under no circumstances whatsoever! We will fight for this with all our might and with all our passion! Everyone in the whole world should be aware of this!

  • Press releases / August 19th, 2014

    ‟Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism!” Rally by the Central Council of Jews at the Brandenburg Gate

    With a large rally at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin the Central Council of Jews in Germany wants to take a stand against anti-Semitism. With the motto “Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism!” the Central Council of Jews is calling on everybody in the country to oppose the wave of hate against the Jews.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak at the rally to be held at 15.00 h. on Sunday 14th September 2014. “It means a lot to the Jewish Community to be able to welcome the Chancellor to an event that is so important for us, and that together we can take a stand against anti-Semitism”, said the President of the Central Council of Jews, Dr Dieter Graumann.

  • Press releases / September 2nd, 2014

    Federal President Joachim Gauck guest-of-honour at Central Council rally “Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism!” – Numerous supporters

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany is delighted to announce the presence of a special guest-of-honour at its anti-Semitism rally on September 14, 2014, at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin: Federal President Joachim Gauck has agreed to attend.

    The President of the Central Council of Jews, Dr. Dieter Graumann stated: “It is a very special and moving sign of solidarity and fellowship that the Federal President wishes to take part in our rally. This gesture means a lot to the entire Jewish community and we are sincerely delighted. The Federal President has our sincerest thanks!”

  • News / August 6th, 2014

    "Why is there no wave of sympathy for us Jews?"

    An interview with Dieter Graumann, Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany | RP Online, 31.07.2014

    Dieter Graumann, Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany
    Dieter Graumann, Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany

    In response to the “most abhorrent anti-Semitism“, our editors interviewed the Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, who is asking where the support and assistance of the civil society is. Many Jewish people are very unsettled and are asking if it’s once again time to pack their suitcases and leave Germany.

  • Speeches and Statements / July 22nd, 2014

    Israel needs to defend itself

    The Hamas is playing a cynical game. It is targeting Western values; why does nobody there realize that? | An op-ed in the Süddeutsche Zeitung

    Dr. Dieter Graumann, President of the Central Council
    Dr. Dieter Graumann, President of the Central Council

    Sirens sound the alarm in Cologne! On Saturday the sirens signalled alarm in the Rhine metropolis: piercing, penetrating, frightening. I happened to be there on a visit. A glance in the internet soon made it clear: this was only a regular check of the security systems; a practice alarm. It was over in a quarter of an hour. Everyday life went on as usual in Cologne, with Rhineland cheerfulness despite the bad weather.
    I was standing at the window when the sirens sounded in Cologne and I counted to 15. That is how much time Israeli mothers have, when the sirens sound, to get their toddlers to safety before the blast. Old people have 15 seconds to flee to the safety of the bunkers. A school bus travelling along the road has only 15 seconds to come to a stop and for the children to find safe shelter. When the sirens sound in Israel it is not a practice alarm. It is the bitter reality of everyday life.

  • Speeches and Statements / July 10th, 2012

    Why do Jews circumcise their children?

    Dossier of the Central Council of Jews in Germany on the issue of circumcision

    The basis for Jews to circumcise their sons is found in the bible (Genesis 17, 10-14), where it says: "This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; every man child among you shall be circumcised".The circumcision of newborn Jewish boys belongs to the essence of Judaism, it marks the entry into the Jewish community and symbolises the ties between God and Abraham and between God and the Jews ...

  • Press releases / June 27th, 2012

    On the decision of the District Court of Cologne concerning circumcision of boys

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany regards the decision of the District Court of Cologne saying that circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to bodily harm as an unprecedented and dramatic intervention in the right of religious communities to self-determination.
    The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr ...

  • Speeches and Statements / January 25th, 2012

    The Message of January 27

    The world has yet to fully grasp the lessons of the Holocaust – By Dieter Graumann

    Dr. Dieter Graumann

    It has taken decades for the international community to deal with the Shoah in a really serious way. Perhaps a new generation had first to emerge with sufficient courage to ask about the causes of the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe” and to look into the abyss of its inconceivable barbarity ...

  • Media service / October 21st, 2009

    Media service

    Judaism, Jewish life in Germany , and current issues that are of interest to the Jewish community as well as to the entire German public are topics that are regularly covered by the German media. In order to contribute to the information flow on these topics, the Central Council of Jews in Germany provides its media service ...