(JNS.org) The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) honored German
Chancellor Angela Merkel this week with the Lord Jakobovits Prize for European
Jewry at the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels for her public denunciation
of European anti-Semitism and her support of the German Jewish Community.
Click photo to download. Caption: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: Jacques GrieÃŸmayer via Wikimedia Commons.
“Chancellor Merkel is a worthy
recipient in recognition of her continuing efforts of inter-communal harmony
across Europe, her friendship towards the Jewish community and outstanding
contributions to the promotion of tolerance and understanding,” said the CER’s
president, Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA).
In her acceptance speech, Merkel said
that “the fight against anti-Semitism is a paramount duty of a free democratic
state” as well as the education of new generations about the Nazi-era