The Jewish Community of Berlin is pleased over the appointment of the new German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, who in his acceptance address said, “I entered politics because of Auschwitz”.
He is known to be a friend of the Jews and the Rav of Berlin’s community, HaRav Yehuda Teichtal. This past Chanukah he asked to be permitted to take part in the community’s Chanukah celebration a short time after a stormy anti-Israel protest to show his unwavering authentic support for Israel and the Jewish People.
Maas also spoke of plans to make a visit to Israel soon, sending another message of his commitment to support Israel and Berlin’s Jewish community alike.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)