MAY 20, 2008- In 2001, Joëlle Fiss, at that time the chairwoman of the European Union of Jewish Students, lead a delegation of European Students to the Conference against Racism in Durban.
Yet, without those younger people, the leaders rightly reason, what?s to be the future of Jewish communities? Who will fill the seats of the synagogues that were so lovingly built and maintained? Who will keep the schools, centers, and clubs thriving? Who will sustain the organizations that defend Jewish interests, advocate for Israel, raise funds for Jewish needs, and engage, as Jews, with other societal groups?
The upcoming U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Geneva is likely to single out Israel for criticism.
Pope Benedict XVI responded to Jewish students’ concerns about the atrocities in Darfur.