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On a Saturday morning on the way to a synagogue I got lost. I asked a random lady on the street for directions to a particular street and she asked “where are you going?”. I felt a bit hesitant to share I was Jewish by disclosing the type of location. I did anyways and because I felt pretty desperate at the moment, having walked quite a lot. She smiled and calmly  gave me directions and even more information. I understood she was not Jewish and experienced the feeling that people in Paris are generally knowledgeable, maybe tolerant and that it is safe.

Recently we had an attack at a kosher market and I did not feel scared. I thought of asking a few of my young adult Jewish friends in Paris how they felt. For each one I asked: “As a Jew in Paris, how do you feel in terms of safety and why?”

My Jewish friend Sarah who has grown up here said “I live in the 13th quarter of Paris and it’s ok over there I don’t have to complain: As a girl I don’t wear any religious sign and it’s a quite rich area but I would not feel safe reading a Jewish newspaper in the north of Paris, talking about Israel or wearing a kippah over there for example so I think my feeling of safety depends where I am located, in rich area it’s ok but in eastern and northern quarters and suburbs I would not feel safe as a woman and as a Jew.”

My Jewish friend David from Australia who moved here a few years ago said: “Ahh – I feel totally safe here. The stuff that makes the international news like the kosher market being burnt down is in poor dodgy crime-ridden suburbs that tourists are never going to go anywhere near”

My Jewish friend Sharon who moved here a few years ago and from Israel said: “Well for me it’s different as I am also Israeli and people seem to really hate Israel around here. In general, I just don’t tell people I’m Jewish or Israeli until I know them better. Generally speaking, like many other countries unfortunately, French people are pretty racist and biased towards Israel and Jews.”

My general impression is that what people perceive as intolerance towards Jews is more intolerance to particularly religious rituals and needs. Even so, I have felt safe in France. Not because there are police patrolling on the streets but because the French in general are not very aggressive or violent people. They will discuss with you and are generally tolerant.

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Nearest places to daven (Synagogues, minyans, etc.) goDaven.com

NameAddressNusach
ozar hatorah school31 Rue des Cordelières, 75013 Paris, France, edut_mizrach
sidi fredj halimi61 Rue Vergniaud, 75013 Paris, France, edut_mizrach
avoth ouvanim14 Rue Sthrau, 75013 Paris, France,
beth'habad7 Rue Fernand Widal, 75013 Paris, France, ari
centre edmond fleg8 bis Rue de l'Éperon, 75006 Paris, France, edut_mizrach
beth rahamim57 Avenue Danielle Casanova, 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine, France,
synagogue des tournelles21B Rue des Tournelles, 75004 Paris, France,
synagogue de la place des vosges14 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France, ashkenaz
kehilat hacharedim - synagogue agoudas hakehilos10 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris, France, ashkenaz
kehal yereim13 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris, France,

Nearest places to eat kosher

NameAddressType
BERBECHE5, rue Vandrézanne PARISBUTCHER
MAZALINE11/13, rue Michaux PARISBAKERY
CHEZ MEIR ROBERT127 Boulevard Auguste Blanqui PARISBUTCHER
ZAPP S123/125, boulevard Masséna 75013 Paris, FranceRESTAURANT
LE COMPTOIR DE SIMON28, av Léon Bolet 75013 Paris, FranceRESTAURANT
Nina Sushi48 rue du Chevaleret PARISRESTAURANT
Resto Fleg8 bis rue de l'Eperon PARISRESTAURANT
BOUCHERIE YTSHAK266 rue de Charenton PARISBUTCHER
Tikoun Olam136 avenue Daumesnil PARISRESTAURANT
Wang's310 rue de Charenton PARISRESTAURANT

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