Sunday, September 2, 2012

German Jews Warn Against Public Display of Kipah

After an attack on a rabbi in Berlin, Gideon Joffe, the head of the Berlin Jewish community, said he would "not recommend that any Jew go around in parts of Berlin with a kipah."

On Tuesday, Rabbi Daniel Alter of Berlin was violently attacked while picking up his daughter from a piano lesson. He currently is recovering from surgery for a broken cheekbone. The attackers, reportedly youths of Arab background, asked Alter -- who was wearing a kipah -- if he was Jewish before hitting him in the face. They then allegedly verbally threatened Alter's 6-year-old daughter.

Many Jewish religious leaders in the country advise congregants against openly wearing Jewish garb in public; men routinely wear baseball caps or other hats over kipahs when in public. Concern about openly wearing the skullcaps grew following an anti-Semitic attack on the Chabad Jewish kindergarten in Berlin in 2007. -- JTA via NY Jewish Week

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