Macron opens new $17 million Jewish community center in Paris.

The President of the Israelite Central Consistory of France Joel Mergui, French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo applaud after unveiling a plaque during the official inauguration of the European Center for Judaism (Centre Europeen Du Judaisme) in Paris on October 29, 2019. (Photo by Ian LANGSDON / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN LANGSDON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

JTA — French President Emmanuel Macron and leaders of the country’s Jewish community inaugurated a $17 million Jewish community center in Paris that has been in the works for 20 years.

The European Center for Judaism was opened on Tuesday, “amid painful times of terrorism and anti-Semitism,” said Joel Mergui, the president of the Consistoire organization, which is responsible for religious Orthodox life in France.

“It’s an expression of resistance, a desire to reanimate our community, for it to shine and open to the neighborhood, Paris and Europe,” Mergui added.

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