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Council of Europe Chief Reassuring Rabbis on Circumcision

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The Council of Europe will not ban Jewish ritual circumcision of boys, its leader assured members of the Conference of European Rabbis.

Thorbjorn Jagland, the council’s secretary general, said Monday in Berlin that he wanted to make it “absolutely clear … that in no way does the Council of Europe want to ban the circumcision of boys. It is a very important part of Judaism and of Jewish life.”

He spoke during a news conference with rabbinical leaders as part of the conference’s annual convention.

Referring to a non-binding, anti-circumcision resolution passed last month by the council’s Parliamentary Assembly, Jagland said no European Union member country had actually banned the practice.

“We have an obligation to protect it” on behalf of freedom of religion, he added.

In recent years, ritual circumcision of boys and ritual slaughter of animals have come under attack in Europe, particularly by right-wing populist political movements.

Muslims, not Jews, are the main target of these attacks, said Conference of European Rabbis head Pinchas Goldschmidt, the chief rabbi of Moscow, in an address to nearly 250 member rabbis at a dinner at the Jewish Museum on Monday.

European Jewry is “the collateral damage in this anti-Muslim offensive,” he said.

Stephan Kramer, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told JTA he would like to know “what [Jagland] is doing, ‘tacheles,’ ” or ultimately, to protect religious freedom in Europe — and he offered to help.

Meanwhile, the Conference of European Rabbis is moving forward with its program to help European Jews find a mohel, or ritual circumciser, online.

Vienna Rabbi Shlomo Hofmeister told JTA that the Conference of European Rabbis’ Union of Mohelim in Europe will go online within days. Orthodox mohels who meet stringent medical requirements will be listed and parents will be able to contact them through the site. Mohels may not charge a fee for performing a brit milah, but may ask parents for compensation for travel and lodging, Hofmeister said.

The website, whose address has not yet been announced, will also provide legal advice to mohels.

See also: Council of Europe Says Ritual Circumcision Won’t Be Banned.

Israeli Chief Rabbi Recalls Kristallnacht at Berlin Kindergarten

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a visit to a Jewish kindergarten in Berlin.

“Connecting Jews in Germany to their roots is the worthiest retort to the darkness that prevailed here 75 years ago,” Rabbi David Lau said during his first official visit to Berlin, where he went to the Chabad-run Judische Traditionsschule Talmud-Thora kindergarten.

Dozens of Jews were killed in rioting that erupted on Nov. 9, 1938 and came to be known as Kristallnacht.

During his visit, Lau is scheduled to attend the General Assembly of the Conference of European Rabbis, which is bringing 200 members from across Europe to the German capital for the first time.

Attendees will mark the 10th anniversary of Germany’s Orthodox Rabbinical Council. They will also attend a Kristallnacht memorial ceremony at the Beth Zion Synagogue in former East Berlin, which survived the 1938 pogrom and is now part of the Rabbinerseminar zu Berlin.

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