Diverse crowd dons kippahs in Berlin flashmob

Young Jews, Christians and Muslims, as well as local celebrities and politicians, donned yarmulkes and participated in a flashmob in the streets of Berlin.

The Sept. 1 gathering came in response to an attack in Berlin last week on a rabbi and his 6-year-old daughter. He was identifiable as Jewish because he was wearing a kippah.

More than 100 young people took to the streets in Berlin wearing the ritual skullcaps after the Berliner Zeitung newspaper published a front-page article and photo featuring famous Berlin residents wearing yarmulkes under the headline “Berlin wears a yarmulke.”

The event was also a response to the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, a Reform rabbinical seminary, which advised its students not to wear yarmulkes in public.

State police have begun an investigation of a second anti-Semitic attack, in Berlin on Sept. 3, when 13 girls from the Chabad Or Avner primary school were verbally abused with anti-Semitic slogans by four teenage girls from the neighboring public school, according to the German news agency dpa.

Some 11,000 Jews officially belong to the Berlin Jewish community, and it is estimated that another 10,000 to 20,000 live in the German capital. — jta