The head of the European Union delivers a reaffirming message
For the first time, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der leyen joined a Menorah Lighting in Brussels and highlighted the European Union’s commitment to a Jewish future on the continent. Full story
By COLlive reporter
President of the European Commission Ursula von der leyen participated in a Menorah lighting ceremony organized by the European Jewish Community Center on Schuman Square in the heart of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium.
Organized in partnership with the European Jewish Association and the City of Brussels, the event took place on Thursday, December 2 and was followed by a concert by the singer. Alliel, nicknamed the “revelation of the year”.
Leyen, who was a politician and doctor in Germany before taking up the post of senior executive in the European Union, said: âEuropean Jews have made a huge contribution to Europe. You have been a light to the nations. Let me tell you that attacks on Jews are attacks on European values. Jewish history is our history, Jewish values ââare our values.
It was the first time that a senior EU official had lit the Menorah, after recently defining a new strategy to combat anti-Semitism and promote Jewish life. She reaffirmed her support for the Jews of Europe in the fight against the upsurge in anti-Semitism.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin of the European Jewish Association presented him with a Menorah in recognition of his efforts.
The event, led by the rabbi avi and Nehama Tawil of the EJCC, was joined by the mayor of Brussels Philippe Close.
The event also saw the annual presentation of the âShare The Lightâ prize to the organization âNos Pilifsâ which helps children with autism, for their exceptional contribution to the dignity of humanity. The award will be dedicated to their late founder, Ms. Philipson.