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2015-11-29 / 17 Kislev 5776
News / October 14th, 2015
Statement by the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, on the currant terror attacks in Israel
"Yesterday again Israel was hit by massive terror attacks. Terrorists opened fire deliberately in a bus in Jerusalem which caused 15 casualties, while another assailant drove his car directly into a crowd of people. Until now three persons have died and many of the injured are in a critical condition.
For over two weeks by now there have been daily attacks on Israeli citizens which have left many people badly injured. Some of the injured people have sadly succumbed to their wounds.
Regrettably there is little media coverage of this new wave of terror that strikes Israel and in most cases, Israel is accused to be the “aggressor”. This is a distortion of facts which we will not silently accept anymore.
Speeches and Statements / September 10th, 2015
Op-Ed by Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, and Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, in "Die Welt", september, 10th, 2015
The contrast between the images could hardly be more stark: On the one hand, we see citizens welcoming exhausted refugees arriving in Germany with true enthusiasm, lending them a helping hand. Whilst on the other hand, we see images of neo-Nazis screaming “Foreigners out!” and throwing Molotov cocktails at building where refugees are housed.
It is with relief that we note that there are far more people who are welcoming the refugees than there are people who reject them openly. We are witnessing a huge wave of spontaneous civic involvement, and administrative decisions are being taken much more quickly than used to be the case in Germany.
Speeches and Statements / July 29th, 2015
Today a dream comes true!
70 years after the Shoa, almost 80 years after the 1936 Olympic Games, when Hitler deceived the world exactly on this spot with a perfectly devised propaganda show; when only 40 kilometres from here the KZ Sachsenhausen was built; just a few centuries later, we are standing here!
Round about 2,000 Jewish sportspeople, hundreds of members of our Jewish communities, hundreds of members of the Maccabi-associations and thousands of friends of the Jewish community.
News / February 27th, 2015
Statement by Dr. Josef Schuster on the current debate around the security situation
Statement by Dr. Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, on the current debate around the security situation for German Jews:
“Regrettably we are witnessing a raise of antisemitism across Europe. As well here in Germany we are facing a challenging situation. Not only since the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, the antisemitism coming from the radical Muslim sides is posing a critical problem, not only for Jews but for our whole society and our democratic values.
Press releases / October 31st, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
An interview with Dieter Graumann, Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany | RP Online, 31.07.2014
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
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
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
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
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 world has yet to fully grasp the lessons of the Holocaust – By 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
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 ...