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Winnipeg, January 13th, 2015: Jewish Federation of Winnipeg joins Jewish communities around the world in mourning the loss of four members of the French Jewish community, murdered Friday in a deadly hostage taking at the Hyper Cacher (Kosher Supermarket) in Paris.

The victims of the attack were:
·        Yohan Cohen, age 22, an employee of the kosher supermarket.
·        Yoav Hattab, age 21, a recent alumni of the Birthright-Taglit tour to Israel.
·        Philippe Braham, age 45, a computer engineer survived by his wife and four children.
·        Francois-Michel Saada, age 64, a pension fund manager and father of two children, both living in Israel.
This recent act of terrorism that threatens the existence of a community that goes back to the Middle Ages, follows on the heels of a series of attacks against Jews in France including the one on a Jewish day school in Toulouse in 2012 where a teacher and three children were brutally murdered at gunpoint.
The French Jewish community numbering some 550,000 people is the third largest Jewish community in the world after Israel and the United States. With over seven hundred day schools and hundreds of synagogues, this community has a long and great history and was the first European Jewish community to be emancipated.
In support of the French Jewish community, Federation is accepting donations that will go directly to supporting the families of the victims and to a long-term fund to pay for new and enhanced security measures to protect the Jewish schools and synagogues. All funds will be directed through the CRIF (Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France) the French Jewish community’s representative body.  Donations can be made by calling the Federation office at 204-477-7428 or online: Jewish Federations of Canada | 2015 France Emergency Fund
Further, we encourage members of our community to dedicate this Shabbat to the memory of the four victims by lighting four candles at your Shabbat table.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the four victims of this horrific and senseless act of terror, and to the entire Jewish community of France in this difficult time.

Dr. Adam Bronstone
Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
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