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70% of European Jews Afraid to Come to Shul for High Holidays

A survey by the Center of European Rabbis shows that despite the increased security arrangements around Jewish institutions in Europe, 70% of Europe's Jews are not going to the synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur out of fear of a Muslim attack.

The survey was conducted on September 12-15, 2016 among a representative sample of 700 main and peripheral Jewish communities throughout Europe, from Great Britain in the west to Ukraine in the east.

The survey findings show that 50% of Jewish communities on the mainland reported a decrease in the number of active members of the Jewish community, as a direct result of the increase of anti-Semitism.

Only about 11% of the communities across Europe reported an increase in members. 39% of the communities reported that there is no change in the number of registered community members.

Center of European Rabbis CEO Rabbi Menachem Margolin, noted that 75% of the communities reported increased awareness by their governments of the danger of attacks on Jews in light of the growing anti-Semitism since Rosh Hashana last year.

He said the vast majority of community leaders report that they have stiffened security and policing measures around Jewish schools, synagogues and other community institutions.


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