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September 1, 2012 1:00 pm

Berlin: Community Head Advises Against Wearing Kippah

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A Berlin street. Photo: Andrius Burlega.

JTA – After an attack on a rabbi in Berlin, Gideon Joffe, the head of the Berlin Jewish community, said he would “not recommend that any Jew go around in parts of Berlin with a kipah.”

On Tuesday, Rabbi Daniel Alter of Berlin was violently attacked while picking up his daughter from a piano lesson. He currently is recovering from surgery for a broken cheekbone. The attackers, reportedly youths of Arab background, asked Alter — who was wearing a kipah — if he was Jewish before hitting him in the face. They then allegedly verbally threatened Alter’s 6-year-old daughter.

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