Stand in Solidarity with our Brethren in France

The French Jewish community is of course reeling after the tragic attack of a Kosher deli in Paris that left four innocent Jews dead. As the French Jewish community mourns the loss of their loved ones and plan ahead, it’s our job in the diaspora to express our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in France.

With anti-Semetism on the rise on a global scale, it is incredibly important that we as a community do not give into the fear the gutless killers seek to instill in us as a community. The number of French Jews that made aliyah to Israel this year has doubled since the previous year.

Although it’s natural for many in the community to want to follow the tidal wave, it’s also refreshing to see leaders of the community vocally express that they intend to stay right where they are – and not give in to the terror that has wreaked on their community.

As we prayed in synagogue this Shabbat, Rabbis in synagogues around the world used their platforms to express their condolences and sympathies to the community in France. But what is it that WE can do to help?

We are fortunately living in a day and age where everyone of us has the capacity to express our views to audiences of hundreds, if not thousands. We all have the ability to communicate to audiences via our social media platforms.

I humbly ask that we all turn to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles and use the hashtag #JeSuisJuif. In French, it means “I am a Jew.” We will never hide our pride in being Jewish, no matter what. Do this little bit to express your support with the Jewish community in France during these perilous times. Keep them in your hearts, minds and prayers but also let the world know that we all stand together.

Am Yisrael Chai!

Josh Nass

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Josh Nass is an award winning public relations executive and attorney specializing in crisis communications and reputation management. Nass has built a thriving practice that has grown to include a diverse portfolio of clients in a wide range of different industries. Among the fields Nass PR caters to are the healthcare, financial services, media and nonprofit sectors. Over the years the firm has represented the nation’s largest nursing home chains and their respective executives; a number of different venture capital firms and hedge funds in the financial sector, numerous high profile individuals; and several different media outlets. Clients have included The New York Observer, NYC based NGN Capital, the London Center for Policy Research, SW Management, Rainbow Apparel Company, Rockport Healthcare and many more. Nass PR has also been involved in providing media counsel to political campaigns both domestically and internationally. The firm has a staff fluent in Russian and Hebrew, and is active in working with clients based abroad. The firm also has a vast network of politically connected nonprofit clients. Those include but are in no way limited to American Friends of Likud, the Zionist Organization of America, One Israel Fund and The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. Nass got his start working in politics; having appeared dozens of times across Fox News, MSNBC and other cable networks by the time he had graduated college. In August of 2014, Nass ceased his on-air political punditry, marking his official foray into the public relations arena. Having already executed national media campaigns on behalf of numerous nonprofit and public advocacy groups as well as for several high profile individuals, Nass has quickly rose to prominence as a speaker and commentator on the subject. In addition to traditional media placement, Nass has been a sought after practitioner for crisis communications and reputation management issues. In June of 2014, Nass was placed on The Jewish Weekʼs 36 under 36 list in recognition of the public relations savviness he displayed in a well publicized story concerning the state of Israel. Josh prides himself on the unique and untraditional approach he brings to the execution of public relations campaigns. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University and holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
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