In an emotional speech at the gala, Minister Karoline Edtstadler delivered a blessing from Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and also praised a resolution passed by the Austrian government last Thursday condemning the BDS campaign as anti-Semitic: "Europe wants to show the world that we are united, that we will fight against anti-Semitism. If Jewish life is under pressure - Europe is under pressure. Fighting anti- Semitism is not a responsibility of Jewish Europeans, but that of all of us."
In addressing the participants, Matthew Bronfman said, "This Limmud FSU Europe in Vienna has been an amazing experience. I want to thank you all - showing up here is a sign, a symbol. I particularly want to thank those who came here with their children because our job is to teach the next generation. Whether it is by visiting concentration camps, participating in rallies, or advocating for the Jewish people, it is our obligation to pass the message on."
Aaron G. Frenkel said, "Our second event in Western Europe and the first in the beautiful city of Vienna, is a significant milestone for Limmud FSU. We are grateful for the support we have received from the Austrian government, the local Jewish community and our partners, and I am glad to note that the efforts of our volunteers were extremely successful and crucial for the success of the event."
Chaim Chesler said, "We are excited to see that our second event in Western Europe has been such a success, and it is the best possible testimony to the fact that the Russian-Jewish community here is resurgent and flourishing." Co-founder of Limmud FSU, Sandra F. Cahn added: "We look forward to continuing our efforts so as to contribute to the tremendous vitality of Russian-speaking Jewish life here, and to inspire more and more young people to become active members of their local Jewish communities."