The German Federal government has signed an agreement with the Central Council of Jews in Germany – the country’s EJC affiliate – to increase state funding to the community, making a significant contribution to the preservation of German-Jewish cultural heritage and to the further development of the Jewish life in Germany.

Through the increased funding, the Central Council will be able to strengthen its engagement in crucial areas, such as Holocaust Remembrance, integration, and the fight against antisemitism.

The agreement was signed by, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer and the President of the Central Council, Dr. Josef Schuster, as well as Vice Presidents Abraham Lehrer and Mark Dainow.

“The Central Council faces growing challenges. Growing antisemitism in society is a cause of concern. Our Jewish citizens should feel safe and secure in Germany, and whoever threatens our Jewish citizens, threatens us all,” said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

“This is a good day for the Jewish community in Germany. Thanks to the increase in state funding, we will be able to bring important projects to strengthen Jewish life in Germany to fruition. Above all, we want to counter the rise of antisemitism through educational activities. This includes the expanding the educational and cultural activities of the Central Council,” said Dr. Josef Schuster.

Since 2003, the Federal Government has granted the Central Council a contractually stipulated annual grant. The new agreement marks the third time that the annual grant has been increased and will enter into force after ratification by federal law.