Saturday, January 10, 2015

Paris Synagogue Closed for 1st Time Since WWII; Attacks Have "Jews on Edge of Seething Volcano"

The Grand Synagogue of Paris was evacuated during the kosher market siege yesterday (Friday) afternoon, and did not reopen for sabbath services last night, the Jerusalem Post website reports today (January 10, 2015).

It closed ahead of Shabbat services on Friday night in the wake of a series of terror attacks across Paris, including a siege on a Jewish kosher market by an Islamic extremist.

Friday's closure marks the first time since World War II that the synagogue -- a Paris landmark -- was not open for worship on the sabbath, according to the Orthodox Union. 

"The Jewish community feels itself on the edge of a seething volcano," said Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Paris-based director for international relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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