News Brief 3/12/2007, Adar 22, 5767
French Jews Fleeing to Florida
Jews fleeing anti-Semitism in France are flocking to southern Florida, according to a local newspaper. Most of the 14,000 who have fled since 2001 have moved to Israel, but the Florida coast is a close second. Jewish organizations estimate that 2,000-4,000 French Jews live in the Miami-Dade County area.
"The general hostility of Muslims in France toward Jews, is...behind my decision to leave,'' Rod Kukurudz, who now lives with his wife and their three daughters in Surfside, Florida, told the Miami Herald. "French Jews see the handwriting on the wall and say, `We're not going to wait until it's too late,' '' said Greater Miami Jewish Federation official Jacob Solomon.
An organization involved in French Jewish immigration estimates that 50,000 more French Jews are planning to move to Israel and another 10,000 to Florida.