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2014-07-23 / 25 Tammuz 5774
  • 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 ...