Russian Jews Donate Funds to Danish Community

After Dan Uzan was killed in attack on Copenhagen's Great Synagogue, Genesis Foundation sends 100,000 euros to Danish Jewish community.

Cynthia Blank,

Candles in Copenhagen
Candles in Copenhagen
Reuters

A group of wealthy Russian-speaking Jews have donated money to Denmark's Jewish community after an attack on a Copenhagen synagogue left a man dead. 

A grant of 100,000 Euros ($108,000) was given to the community by the Genesis Foundation, bankrolled by billionaire Mikhail Fridman and a number of other Russian oligarchs. 

The money donated to Denmark's 6,400 Jews has been designated to helping improve security, Jewish News reported. 

Fridman said in a statement that the Danish Jewish community was "under siege" and that the funds were meant to combat that threat. 

Jewish security guard Dan Uzan, 37, was gunned down during an attack on Copenhagen's Great Synagogue on February 15. Terrorist Omar Hussein was also behind the death of a filmmaker outside a free speech event the previous day. 

Denmark's Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Yair Melchior thanked the foundation, noting the tragedy that had befallen the community. 

“The Danish Jewish community has experienced a tragedy, we face a very challenging time that will shape the future of Jewish life in Denmark," he stated.  

“The great support of world Jewry, as shown here, makes us feel we are not alone facing our challenges, and will help us secure our future, here in Denmark," Melchior added. 



 




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