Leaders of the Jewish community in France continued to express profound sorrow over the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which ravaged the roof of the 850-year-old building and caused its famous spire to collapse.
Haim Korsia, France’s chief rabbi, said on Twitter that he was praying for the Catholic Church and “especially Monsignor [Michel] Aupetit,” the archbishop of Paris.
Francis Kalifat — president of communal representative body CRIF, the country’s EJC affiliate — expressed his “immense sadness” over the fire. A separate statement from CRIF said the organisation shared the entire French nation’s “broken heart.”
Ariel Goldmann — the president of the Fonds Social Juif Unifié (FSJU), the main association of Jewish educational and cultural bodies in France — spoke of his “horror” at the images of the burning cathedral. “As French Jews, we are with you,” Goldmann said in a Twitter message to the Catholic community.
Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur — head of the liberal movement in the French Jewish community — shared a video of the popular Israeli singer Noa performing the traditional Catholic hymn, “Ave Maria,” along with a message of solidarity to “the Christians, the Parisians, and the whole of humanity.”