Archived entries for Strasbourg

Shalit and Friends

The image of Gilad Shalit is a familiar one at European shuls. Last winter, a large poster of the soldier hung in front of the Great Synagogue in Rome. Accompanying Shalit was an image of Ron Arad, an Israeli aviator missing since 1986.

French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt is the surprise personality here. “I didn’t know she was Jewish,” remarked my father, as I called him in Israel to tell him of the banner. “Besides, wasn’t she freed from captivity already?”

Synagogue de la Paix, Strasbourg, early September.

Pardon My French

For French speakers, it’s a common English phrase. For everyone else, anti-Sarkozy graffiti. Théâtre National, Strasbourg, September 5th.


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