May 232011

Dear Mr. RUIZ

The emotion is still too great to fully take in the significance of all that we were privileged to experience today!

I leave for Paris tomorrow and I already plan on testifying about this to the Protestant leaders of France to whom I will show your declaration; one that is simply unheard of in the history of Judeo-Christian relations.

Convinced of sincerity of the messages of repentance and the requests of forgiveness for the victims of these two thousand years of exile among the nations and in particular during the dark years of the Shoah, that each one of you were able to express with a rare intensity, I will intercede to the Most High so that this forgiveness is completely granted to each one of you, as well as to the churches and the people which you represent.

I wanted to take this occasion to write to you about this, and to thank you in the name of our community, and to thank the Protestant Christians, for the particularly generous donation which was received, and which will be devoted to a charitable work holding to the virtues of our two communities and which serves the members of our two confessions, which I hope to see even more united through this gracious gesture.

Additionally, Mrs. Herveux’s personal gesture went straight to my heart, and I ask that you would convey to her my heartfelt thanks.

With my sincerest gratitude,

Chief rabbi Rene Gutman

Chief rabbi of the Lower Rhine

May 192011

Spiritual History:

  • Powerpoint presentation about Strasbourg’s history and current challenges (in French).  This was prepared for the intercession teams during the OCE prayer outreach in January of 2011.
  • The same presentation in PDF format (in French).

Wikipedia reference information:

Official city site:

Office of Tourism official site:

Strasbourg intercession contacts:

A groupe of intercessors:
Contact : Christian & Marie-Jeanne RUIZ
06 87 13 72 10

Additional resources and links: