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Bundeswehr soldiers

For the first time in more than a century, the Bundeswehr – the German military forces – is set to hire a number of rabbis as chaplains to serve the needs of Jewish soldiers, Sputnik News reported Thursday.

Under the initiative, the German authorities and the Central Council of Jews in Germany will negotiate a contract similar to that arranged with churches.

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Center Council of Jews President Josef Schuster called the initiative a sign of the “growing trust” of the Jewish community in the Bundeswehr “as part of our democratic society.”

There are approximately 200 to 300 Jewish soldiers in the German military, according to the German Defense Ministry.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.