On Tuesday, the Austrian government volunteered to pay 20 million Euros â€“ that is $28.5 million for the restoration of the country’s oldest Jewish cemeteries.
“It was a matter of Austrian responsibility, of respect for history, for fellow Jewish citizens and for the cultural heritage of this country,” said Chancellor Werner Faymann. “Delaying the decision even further was unjustifiable.”
According to the deal, the Austrian government will annually channel 1 million Euros into an earmarked fund over the next two decades; and in addition the Jewish community will supplement the government’s pledge with an additional 20 million Euros, raised through donations and agreements with individual communities and districts.
The Jewish Community of Vienna called the funding deal a “belated Hanukkah gift” which sets an exemplary step for Europe.
The restorations are scheduled to begin next year on the country’s 70 Jewish cemeteries, 20 of which in particularly poor condition. Once the Jewish Community of Vienna can ensure that no religious laws were violated, it will compile a priority list and oversee the renovation.
Adolf Hitler annexed the Alpine nation in March 1938 in what became known as the “Anschluss.” An estimated 65,000 Austrian Jews perished in the Holocaust and many others fled.
Jewish history in Austria dates back to the Roman Empire, when Jews arrived there alongside the Roman legions.
Calling out around the Tribe are you ready for a brand new beat? Winter’s here and the time is right for shopping online! Want to find good quality unique Hanukkah gifts for the whole family, without having to leave the office? No, I am not lazy, just busy â€“ maybe some of you can relate.
I’ve always been pleased with the gear that I bought at MostOriginal.com and since I am so thrilled that I just filled my shopping cart up there and therefore Hanukkah Harry is 84% done with his preliminary holiday duties â€“ I thought I’d brag to you, dear blog readers, about some of my scores. The item which I picked up is a little something for my mother-in-law, it basically has her name written all over it.
I allotted to “mom” a $100 budget and found for even less â€“ The Jordan River Smiling Heart Pendant! For under $100, I will be in my Bible-pounding mom-in-law’s heart for an unconditional eternity.
The one that I got for mom was green Peridot â€“ however they are also available in orange, blue, clear crystal or purple Amethyst. And here is the kicker! The glass pendant comes filled with either Jordan River water or a parchment with a personal blessing.
Since I give my mother-in-law blessings in other ways I ordered mine filled with the Jordan River water â€“ a place that she cherishes most on earth.