We are extremely saddened by the shocking terrorist attack that occurred in Germany on Yom Kippur. A gunman, after publishing a hate-filled manifesto online, attempted to enter a synagogue in Halle, Germany, hoping to kill as many Jews as possible. When he was unable to enter the place of worship, he shot at a passerby before driving to a kebab shop and opening fire. Two were killed in the attack and several were wounded.
While every life lost is one too many, the gunman’s inability to enter the synagogue was crucial to preventing significantly more loss of life. And this was directly due to improvements made through The Jewish Agency’s Security Assistance Fund. This fund provides financial aid to keep synagogues, community centers and schools world-wide secure by shoring up these facilities with CCTV, alarms, locks, gates, and reinforced walls/doors/windows, and it is supported by contributions from our Community Campaign and allocations we make to the The Jewish Agency.
Max Privorozki, the head of the congregation in Germany, said the heavy wooden door of the synagogue and the community center’s electronic security system had recently been upgraded thanks to the fund. Privorozki was able to see on the security camera screen the fuzzy images of the heavily armed attacker on the other side of the door and credited the heavy door for saving those inside.
“It was a miracle that the door held,” Privorozki said in after the attack. “I cannot imagine what would have happened if it had not.’’
We are proud of the role The Jewish Agency played in saving lives during this tragedy. This is part of our commitment to Global Jewish Peoplehpood. Let us hope and pray for quieter, peaceful days ahead.
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