Profile in Leadership
For the past ten years, I have been responsible for the communication and events of the Consistoire of Paris and France. In addition to serving as president of a consistorial community for many years, I am also the co-founder and coordinator of all the Councils of Jewish Communities of Ile-de-France (CCJ), and of an interreligious association in Val-de-Marne.
These CCJs, associations under the law of 1901, federate most of the Jewish communities and organizations in each of the seven departments of the greater Paris region. They represent organized Judaism (synagogues, community centers, cultural associations, etc.) to the public authorities of each department, and work mainly in the fields of security, the fight against antisemitism and anti-Zionism, social and cultural action, informal education, and of course, last but not least, the defense of Israel.
The CCJs are particularly active in the latter-- their defense of Israel, and do not miss any opportunity to show their support for the Jewish state, notably through their fight against anti-Israel disinformation in the suburbs, and through their encouragement of non-Jewish political and institutional leaders to discover the country in the framework of regular group trips. Both of these activities are aimed at correcting the false imagery often conveyed about the Jewish state by many Western media.
In order to provide ongoing support of Israel and Zionism by the CCJs, particularly in the context of emerging economic difficulties that Israel is experiencing due to the serious national health problems caused by the pandemic, I wanted the synagogues that are affiliated with the Council of Jewish Communities of the Val-de-Marne to be more aware of Israel Bonds to invest synagogue funds.
It is my hope that other Jewish organizations will follow suit when managing community funds, which, through Israel Bonds, will allow Zionist action and capitalist ethics to go hand in hand.