(JTA) – A group of international philanthropists has donated some $108,000 to the Danish Jewish community to increase security at Jewish institutions.
The donation comes in the wake of a terror attack at a Copenhagen synagogue during a bat mitzvah celebration that left a Jewish volunteer security guard dead.
The money was donated by the funders of the Genesis Philanthropy Group, a consortium launched by wealthy Jewish businessmen from the former Soviet Union which funds Jewish identity-building efforts for Russian-speaking Jews around the world.
“Under siege after recent terrorist attacks, the Danish community has rallied together in solidarity,” said Mikhail Fridman, a co-founder of Genesis Philanthropy Group, in a statement issued by the Conference of European Rabbis, which helped facilitate the group. “This strong, vibrant community needs our support to ensure that its members know that the global Jewish community is behind it.”
There are about 6,400 members of Denmark’s Jewish community.
“The Danish Jewish community has experienced a tragedy, we face a very challenging time that will shape the future of Jewish life in Denmark” said Rabbi Jair Melchior, Denmark’s chief rabbi. “The great support of world Jewry, as shown in this generous donation makes us feel we are not alone facing our challenges, and will help us secure our future, here in Denmark.”