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‘Our survival depends on education’ – Chief Rabbi to rabbinical conference

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The Chief Rabbi reminded 250 European Rabbis of the importance of education to the survival of European Jewry as he addressed the opening session of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) in Toulouse.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis addresses the conference

The Chief Rabbi addresses the Conference of European Rabbis

Speaking as the Associate President of the Conference, he told the biannual congress of the European Rabbinate that “Education is the key to a bright future for European Jewry.” From the event emerged a unanimous desire to see the introduction of continent-wide laws against racism and anti-Semitism, with the issue of rising extremism forming the basis of this decision.

The previous day, Chief Rabbi Mirvis had attended the Lord Jakobovitz prize-giving ceremony, which saw the CER honour the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. There, in his CER presidential capacity, he presented a token of appreciation to the Chief of Staff of the French army for the protection afforded Jewish sites in France and expressed his profound gratitude: “The Jews of Europe are blessed to have many outstanding friends.”

Chief Rabbi Mirvis presents a token of gratitude on behalf of the

The Chief Rabbi thanks the Chief of Staff of the French Army for protecting the resident Jewish community and presents a token of thanks