French members of the European Jewish Parliament held an informal meeting this evening, third of July, to talk about topics such as circumcision, foreign affairs, education and youth. The goal of this meeting was also to get to know each other a bit better and to let everybody give their own points of view about European Judaism. The 5 French members of the European Jewish Parliament who held this informal meeting form a diverse group of religious, secular, young and older persons. They talked about some of the most pressing issues such as anti-semitism and religious identity. They all joined the EJP platform to share information and to use it effectively in order to create a better environment for Jews in Europe.
Representing the European Jewish community means creating bridges between Jewish people of different cultures under one identity called Europe. The EJP members are all aware that they need to work closely together to create a true cohesion across Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Different Jewish cultures do not mean different interests. This one of the reasons why the French members of the EJP wanted to talk about different European issues: to be able to suggest different solutions at a European level during the next general session of the European Jewish Parliament.
The European Jewish Parliament is divided in different committees. Three committees were represented at the informal meeting of French EJP members: « foreign affairs », « fight against anti-semitism » and « students and young professionals ». Each committee developed its work in progress and the issues its members would like to resolve in the coming future. This meeting led to a brainstorming session which gave instructive results on Judaism as a whole. This meeting was the first one between French members of the European Jewish Parliament but many more are to be expected as the persons attending it were quite enthusiastic about the exchange they had.
Frédéric Darmuzey, Jewish News One, Paris.