Ger­man Jews get

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY TOBY AX­EL­ROD BERLIN

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.

In re­lated news, the con­tract of coun­cil sec­re­tary-gen­eral Stephan

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