MUNICH, GERMANY - On Sunday, Chairman of Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky officially opened the organization's offices, which will also house the Agency-supported Janusz Korczak Academy.
“The Jewish community in Germany is indeed unique," Sharansky said in remarks at the event.
"In the last two decades the community has increased in size exponentially, but assimilation could cause it to disappear just as quickly," he cautioned, adding that "The Jewish Agency for Israel is therefore making a special effort to help young Jews in Germany strengthen their Jewish identity and their connection to Israel.”
Speaking with groups of Jewish students and young adults during the two-day visit, Sharansky also met with Jewish community leaders, among them the President of the Central Council of the Jews in Germany, Mr Dieter Graumann, in Frankfurt. The two discussed innovative Agency programming aimed at strengthening the connection between the young generation of Jews in Germany and the State of Israel, and the Jewish world.
The opening of the Agency's office in Munich is part of expanding activities in Germany, which support a community which has flourished in the last two decades following a wave of immigration from the former Soviet Union.
From only 25,000 individuals in 1989, Germany's Jewish community today numbers approximately 200,000. The Jews in Germany, 90% of whom speak Russian, live in many small communities spread across the country.