Jewish communities in Europe

Peninnah Rachel, Director, UK

“I think Israelis should vote and determine Israel’s political and military actions without diaspora Jews telling them or pressuring them about what to do.“ The Interviewee – Peninnah Rachel, Director, UK. Do you feel committed in some way to defend the future existence of Israel?






Daniel Heiniger, Software Engineer, Zurich

“Israel is and should be a secular state. Orthodox denominations are allowed to live in Israel, but they can not define its policy. At least not alone, only as part of the democratic process.” The Interviewee – Daniel Heiniger (Born 1962), Software Engineer. Born in Aarau,






Dr Ilan Zvi Baron, Durham University, UK

“I think it is safe to say that the creation of the State of Israel has become a very important contributing factor to the construction for Jewish peoplehood.” The Interviewee – Dr Ilan Zvi Baron, Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Affairs and






Robbert Baruch, Manager Public Affairs, The Hague

“Israelis see themselves as superior to other people as a result of ongoing threat they are going through. This is a threat to Jewish life as Israelis tend to behave rather impolitely in the Diaspora.” The Interviewee – Robbert Baruch (Born 1970),  Manager Public Affairs, The






Shaul Ussishkin, Writer, London

“Can the Diaspora and Israel live without each other? At the present time the painful answer is yes.” The Interviewee – Shaul Ussishkin (Born 1950), Writer, I live in NW London. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have






Jonathan Arkush, President Board of Deputies of British Jews

“It is a privilege both to celebrate and to defend Jewish life outside Israel, as it is inside the country.” The Interviewee – Jonathan Arkush (Born 1954), President Board of Deputies of British Jews. Born in London. I live in a large Jewish community in Hertfordshire, on the






Mark Fox, Businessman, London

“Israel is an independent democracy, but as a Jew held accountable in the diaspora I end up with some ‘responsibility’ whatever I think!” The Interviewee – Mark Fox (Born 1959), Businessman, London. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state






Tímea Nyerges, Head of Communications, Budapest

“People can live in another place and feel good there, although there is antisemitism and still feel that Israel is their second home.” The Interviewee – Tímea Nyerges, Head of communications, Budapest, Hungary. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state






András Hídvégi, Writer, Producer, Budapest

“I’ll support Masorti Movement in Israel to make the religious establishment more colorful.” The Interviewee – András Hídvégi, Blogger, Writer, Producer, Budapest, Hungary. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally and to Jewish people






Dr. Jane Henriques, Artist and Art-Teacher, London

“I cannot identify any more with Israel. However, I do feel morally involved to the extent that I will continue to try and do my bit from afar to create a just society in Israel and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as you call it.” The






Viktor Melamed, Public Affairs consultant, Sofia

“For me and for all Jews the existence of Israel is of crucial importance, because it gives sense of security and hope!” The Interviewee – Viktor Melamed (Born 1958) Public Affairs consultant.  I was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Now I live in Sofia. I’m founding partner at Fama Consulting.






Max Meyer, President Of the Danish Zionist Federation

“I always say Israel is a democracy, and those who live there also determine the country’s politics.” The Interviewee – Max Meyer (Born 1952), Chairman In the Danish Plumbing Union and unpaid President Of the Danish Zionist Federation.  I was born and live today in






Rosa van der Wieken-de Leeuw, Retired, Amsterdam

“If anything will drag the Israel into the abyss it is the orthodox dominance in state and public issues. Reform Judaism has much more to offer the majority of Israelis.” The Interviewee – Rosa van der Wieken-de Leeuw (Born 1948), Retired. Born in a very small






Yehuda Erdman, Chair of Meretz UK, London

“Israel is only interested in the opinions of the Diaspora if they agree with their own stated position. They want wholehearted and unquestioning support from Diaspora Jewry. Anyone who disagrees is a ‘self-hating Jew’.” The Interviewee – Yehuda Erdman (born 1948), I am a retired Microbiologist






Daniela Cohen, Content Manager, Milan

“If they would really like that Jews will come to israel, as Netanyhau said in France last year, referring to ‘all Jews to go to Israel’, the policy should show attention for the need of peace, tolerance, security and the possibility to find a job






Rabbi Ariel Abel, Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation

“I spend much valuable time reasoning and contextualising Israel’s actions in the Middle East. This is mainly because I see the concept of being one’s ‘brother’s keeper’ as including care for one’s fellow Jew’s actions, and theirs for mine.” The Interviewee – Ariel Abel (Born






B. holds a position in the French Academic Community

“Israelis maybe sometimes underestimate the centuries-old bound that attach the Jews to the countries they live in – despite the difficulties that they might face now and then in these countries.” The Interviewee – B. holds a position in the French Academic Community, non-religious background.






Dr. Dan Einhorn, Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Israel should be a safe haven for ALL Jews no matter what there religious believes. Non other group should enforce their believes on others whether it’s orthodox or secular.” The Interviewee – Dr. Dan Einhorn, Teaches education theory at MBO Utrecht, educating future Teaching Assistants on teaching






Arek Dybel, Creative Director at POLIN, Warsaw

“Anytime I am in Israel people encourage me to make aliyah, so I think for most Israelis the one and only place for Jews is the land of Israel, and actually it makes me happy every time I hear it.” The Interviewee – Arek Dybel, Creative






Alan Bolchover, London

“Israel is a wonderful enterprise but has never really understood its minorities.” The Interviewee – Alan Bolchover, (Born 1973) Director of Fundraising at The Outward Bound Trust. Born  in Manchester, UK, lives in London. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a






Nuno Wahnon Martins, Director EU Affairs European Jewish Congress, Belgium

“That Jews in the Diaspora absorb the culture of the country they live in and sometimes the Israeli culture does not help support Israel in certain places.” The Interviewee – Nuno Wahnon Martins (Born 1976), Director EU Affairs European Jewish Congress. Born in Lisbon. I’m passionate about






Rafi Addlestone, Senior Strategy Consultant, London

“The diaspora should be better represented in the Israeli political system.” The Interviewee – Rafi Addlestone (Born 1986), Senior Strategy Consultant. Born in Leeds, now live in London. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally






Tami Addlestone, Communities Manager for JNF UK, London

“They don’t understand the impact Israel’s decisions have on Jews within the diaspora. Every time something happens in Israel, Antisemitism rises dramatically. “ The Interviewee – Tami Addlestone (Born 1989), Communities Manager for JNF UK. Born and raised in Leeds, now living in London. In your opinion,






Ben, Financial Services Management Consultant, London

“I feel some moral responsibility, though feel that much of that is forced upon me by both Israel and the non-Jewish outside world asserting that Israel acts on behalf of all Jews, or that all Jews support Israel’s actions.” The Interviewee – Ben (Born 1992),






Yonatan Higgsmith, Film Producer, London, UK

 “Jews outside Israel broadly have Israel’s best interests at heart, and that many have a powerful and deeply personal connection to Israel, even if they are critical of Israel.” The Interviewee -Yonatan Higgsmith (Born 1983), Film Producer, London, UK. I’ve a Dual Israeli/British Citizenship. Both Parents born in






Volodymyr Mozghovyi, Acting Head of Ukrainian Youth Association, Kiev, Ukraine

The Interviewee – Volodymyr Mozghovyi (Born 1981) Acting Head of Ukrainian Youth Association. Born in Kiev, Ukraine. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally and to Jewish people in general? “For me personally and for Jewish






Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Member of the Liberal Judaism leadership, London

“The idea that Judaism, in a religious sense, belongs only to the Orthodox misunderstands the history of Judaism and does a disservice to the State.” Rabbi Charley Baginsky (1978), Chair of Liberal Judaism Biennial Committee at Liberal Judaism. Born in Watford, UK. Made Aliyah in 1999.  Serve






Dr. Silvia Haia Antonucci, Responsible of the Historical Archives of the Jewish Community of Rome, Italy

“The Jews are in Rome since II century b.c.e., so we have a very long history. Now many Roman Jews are going to live in Israel because of the financial crisis and because of the growing of the antisemitism.” The Interviewee – Dr. Silvia Haia Antonucci






Michael Levi, Owner and CEO at LEVI Corp, Ancona, Italy

“There should be more relations between the diaspora and Israel. Nowadays in Europe the financial crisis is affecting the Jews. Antisemitism is also a serious issue. Diaspora should be considered as part of Israel.” Michael Levi (Born 1969) Owner and CEO at LEVI Corp, a






Robin Moss, London, UK

“My experience is that Israeli Jews sometimes fail to appreciate the vibrancy of Jewish life outside of Israel, the creativity that the interaction of Judaism and the many other cultures we come into contact with daily can breed and the almost radical harmony that many






Miriam, Senior Campaigns Officer, London, UK

Miriam (1984), Senior Campaigns Officer, London, UK. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally and to Jewish people in general? “A lot.” Do you feel committed in some way to defend the future existence of






Noa Lerner Sauerbaum, Owner at Milk & Honey Tours, Berlin, Germany

Noa Lerner Sauerbaum (1965), founder and Owner of “Milk & Honey Tours“. Born near Düsseldorf, moved to Berlin in 1999. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally and to Jewish people in general? “Very important.” Do






D’, holds a position in the British Jewish community, UK

D’, holds a position in the British Jewish community, UK. Unfortunately, I need to remain anonymous due to my position in the community. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally and to Jewish people






Guershon Nduwa, President of the Black Jewish community in Europe and Africa, Paris, France

Guershon Nduwa (1964) i am the president of the Black Jewish community in Europe and Africa and the surrounding region (FJN). I’m Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, born in Kinshasa. I went to Israel in 1988 to study Hebrew Civilization. I was welcomed






Rufus Greenbaum, Retired, London, UK

Rufus Greenbaum, Born 1941 in Brighton, I worked in the Electronics industry, now –  retired.  My wife Helen & I have 2 sons who are married with wonderful wives and children. We live in Stanmore in NW London. UK. I was active in UK Hasbara from 2001-2006. Stopped overnight






Marcin Maciej Grynberg, Associate Professor, Warsaw, Poland

“I feel shame, a terrible shame. From my point of view treatment of Palestinians is like apartheid. I’m from the Second Generation and I know what I mean.” Marcin Maciej Grynberg (Born 1970) Associate Professor at The Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Warsaw, Poland. Born in






Dr. Helene Maimann, Historian, Filmmaker, Author, Vienna, Austria

Dr. Helene Maimann, historian at University of Vienna, filmmaker, author. I am a Viennese Jew in 3rd generation, there are not many left, as the community has changed deeply because of the Shoah during the postwar period and esp. during the last 25 years, mainly because






Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University, London, UK

Antony Polonsky (1940) emeritus professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University. Chief Historian, POLIN museum of the history of Polish Jews, Warsaw. I was born in Johannesburg South Africa. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally






Witold Wrzosinski, Founder of the Foundation for Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries, Warsaw, Poland

Witold Wrzosinski (Born 1980), founder and co-director of the Foundation for Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries, as well as founder and director of Avanim, Genealogy Research Services and Heritage Tours. Born in Warsaw, graduate of the Jewish Studies Department, University of Warsaw. In your opinion, what importance, if






Arseniy Finberg, member of the Jewish community of Kiev, Ukraine

Arseniy Finberg (1982, Kiev), member of the Jewish community of Kiev. Finberg owns a touristic company and defines himself as a Ukraine Social activist. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally and to Jewish people in






Alexandr Trostyanitsyn, The Jewish community of Lviv, Ukraine

 Alexandr Trostyanitsyn (born 1975), a member of the Jewish community of Lviv, Ukraine. Born and raised in Lviv, volunteered to the IDF where he did a full army service. makes his living today as a manager and travel guide. The Jewish community of Lviv was one of the largest Jewish






Elina Feldman, The Jewish Society, University of Bath, UK

Elina Feldman, Business Student at the University of Bath and a committee member of the Bath Jewish Society, UK. Elina was born in Moscow, Russia In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state have to you personally and to Jewish people in






Árpád Báró, Budapest, Hungary

Árpád Báró (born 1957), lives in Budapest, Hungary. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state has to you personally and to Jewish people in general? “It is essential that there will be an independent Jewish state that supports






Ligeti László, President of the Jewish community of Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary

Ligeti László (born 1952), President of the Jewish community of Mosonmagyaróvár, a town in northwestern Hungary. Owns a real estate agency. In 1939 the Hungarian government combined the two existing towns of Magyaróvár and Moson into one city called Mosonmagyaróvár. In 1944 the number of Jews in the






Vilmos Siklósi, President of the Jewish community of Zalaegerszeg, Hungary

“Israel and the Diaspora are two sons of the same mother, but It should also stress the importance of the Diaspora, for without it the Jewish people would be a one-armed giant.” The Interviewee– Vilmos Siklósi, Since 1995 i am serving as the President of






David Montijas, President of Jewish Community of Pancevo, Serbia

David Montijas, president of Jewish Community of Pancevo, a city located in the southern part of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, in Republic of Serbia. About 14,500 out of a pre-war population of 16,000 Serbian Jews were killed in World War II. Today the number of






Dr. Peter Landesman, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Vienna, Austria

Dr. Peter Landesman (1929), born at the Auersperg Sanatorium in Vienna, Austria. During WW II his family fled to Hungry (from which his parents came to Austria) where they moved between different safe houses. When the war ended the family returned eventually to Vienna. Dr.






David Walker, Editor of the Jewish East End Celebration Society magazine, UK

David Walker (Born 1945), Live in Letchworth Garden City, England. Journalist. Editor of the Jewish East End Celebration Society magazine, The Cable; former executive editor of the Financial Times newspaper. In your opinion, what importance, if any, does the existence of a Jewish state has