Governing board of WJC meets in Paris for 1st time

Leaders of the World Jewish Congress met Sunday in Paris for the first time, reaching out to French Jews unsettled by the brutal torture and death of a young Jew near Paris early this year. French Roman Catholic and Muslim leaders joined the two-day gathering, which began late Saturday, condemning anti-Semitism and calling for dialogue among religious leaders. "Muslims are naturally attracted to the ideas of peace, dialogue and tolerance, and friendship and brotherhood of peoples," said Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Paris Mosque and leader of the French Council of the Muslim Faith. Boubakeur said he was concerned about a possible rise in anti-Semitism in France that has taken the form of attacks against schools, synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in recent years.