German Jews get
GERMANY’S GROWING Jewish community is to get more federal funds. A German Interior Ministry spokesperson announced that the annual funds allotted to the Central Council of Jews in Germany would be raised by about Jews who are registered members of congregations. It is estimated that 100,000 Jews remain unaffiliated.
Like Germany’s churches, the Jewish community receives federal “religion tax” funds collected on its behalf from congregation members.
- bers are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and many are low-income, unable to contribute to the very programmes designed to help them integrate. Thus the increase is needed, observers say.
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