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September 25, 2012 11:43 am

Hollande to Host New York Reception on Yom Kippur, Jews Express Dismay

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French Jews living in New York have expressed dismay and disappointment after being invited to a reception for French expats with President François Hollande scheduled to take place at about the same time as the kol nidrei Yom Kippur service at many synagogues.

“I am disappointed that the president has not attached enough sensibility to the French Jewish community in New York, knowing full well the importance  of the day,” Ron Agam, a prominent French Jewish artist living in New York told The Algemeiner.

“He would have never done something like that in France, so why do it in New York, the worlds biggest Jewish city, I just dont understand,” Agam continued, “I would have loved to be there.”

Rabbi Levy Djian, who serves the French Jewish community in Manhattan said that many of his constituents were expressing “astonishment.”

“Suddenly we feel out of the picture, something is weird,” he said. “New York is the biggest French Jewish community in the diaspora and he is calling everyone to join at a time when he knows the Jewish community wont be able to participate, he knows that a large part of the French community in New York is Jewish.”

” The New York French Jewish community has very strong relationships with the French consulate in New York and the French embassy in Washington. We hope that the next visits will take into account major Jewish holidays,” he added.

French Consulate Spokesman Yan Yochum offered an explanation for the timing, saying, “Of course the consulate knows that tonight is Yom Kippour but President Hollande has a very busy schedule and the main reason for his presence in NY is the UN General assembly. Unfortunatly his visit in NY is only for two days.”

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  • EthanP

    How long will it take you guys to GET IT! He’s an extreme leftist. Anti-semitism flows through his veins. Or do you think NO ONE on his staff knew it was Yom Kippur!

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    Priority UN assembly that also showed utter contempt for Israel. The next time I see this name “Hollande” over a big drugstore and some other shopping areas on Derekh Chevron here in Yerushalayim, I will at least inwardly spit my contempt right back at that.
    To top it off, on YOM KIPPUR some German tourists were obviously enjoying the milieu here. When I asked one of them what would be the reaction of the German tourists, if Iran were to attack Eretz Yisrael, chas veSholem, and the reply was that they hoped that we would not attack Iran first.
    The message that is being sent us clearly by all the abstinence if not outright expression of aggression, is that a good part of the world would be very happy, if Iran finished off the work of Hitler, yemach shemo. My reply to them, as to the tourist I asked, is that HASHEM will help us. Why, if we have no great merit? – Because if HE helps them, almost everybody will be destroyed. If HE helps us, very few, if any will be destroyed.

  • g urmacher

    no moderation needed!

  • MH8169

    This man is a fool. Just look at his economic policies. He seems to be a carbon copy of the current POTUS.

  • jerry1800

    shmok de France

    • g urmacher

      Mr. Hollande should have scheduled his talk for December 24 and 25th, 2012.
      French Jews living in New York would not have had a problem with that date.

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    • The Russian Bear

      Farkakter and I am not even a French Jew. Hollande is, like MH8169 said, is a carbon copy of the one we have here. Probably a muslim as well.