During the last few days we have all witnessed, with horror, the wave of terror that has occurred in Paris, in which four Jews, doing their Shabbat shopping, were amongst seventeen citizens who were murdered in Paris over a three day period by Muslim fundamentalists.
I was in Paris last week, at the annual fundraising campaign of WIZO Paris. I was there together with the WIZO Song and Dance Troupe from WIZO Nachlat Yehuda, which was specially invited to appear before the Jewish community at the main event.
I want to share with you my feelings during this difficult time in which anti Semitism in France is rampant.
Today International Human Rights Day is being marked throughout the world. The purpose is to raise awareness to the basic human rights that each person has from his birth until his death, and to recall the Declaration of Human Rights that was signed in the United Nations on the 10th December, 1948 (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). The Declaration states the basic principles of human rights worldwide, including: the right to life, liberty and security of person.
This Friday, December 5th, is the International Volunteer Day (IVD). The day was designated by the United Nations in 1985 and offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make their contributions known to others.
WE, in WIZO, are proud to be 'givers', and a large part of our 'giving' is expressed in our efforts to nurture the next generation, in our schools and youth villages, with the aim that they, too, will one day become 'givers'.