January 14th, 2005

Jewish Community in Brandenburg signs state agreement

The agreement between government and the Jewish community was signed at state level in January 2005 between representatives of the federal state of Brandenburg and the Jewish Community in Brandenburg. The agreement provides for an annual public grant of 200, 000 euros. “I welcome the agreement, but I doubt that the funding envisaged will be adequate,” said Stephan J. Kramer, Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews, giving undisguised expression to his concern. As a result of the signature it will not be possible to negotiate increased financial support in the near future. The state agreement provides a legal basis for the Community to run facilities such as after-school clubs, schools and further training centres, to offer pastoral care in homes and hospitals and to obtain adequate access to public broadcasting. “The financial resources will not suffice,” affirms Kramer, concerned that Brandenburg could once again descend into financial chaos, as it did in the year 2000.