Germany doubles payment to country's Jews

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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 10:39 AM
Germany doubles payment to country's Jews

A Jewish group in Germany says it has reached an agreement with the government that will see Berlin double its funding to the nation's Jewish community to euro10 million (about $13 million) starting in 2012.

Central Council of Jews president Dieter Graumann said Wednesday the increase recognizes the community's work to integrate new immigrants, educate religious leaders and work with the young people.

In 2003, Germany granted the Jewish community the same legal status as the nation's Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches.

The nation's Jewish population has grown to five times the size it was before German reunification in 1990, with some 250,000 now living here, according to the council.

Before the Holocaust, about 500,000 Jews lived in Germany.