The Jewish community will meet an MEP to discuss fears of a “copy cat” attack after terror attacks in Paris.

Richard Howitt MEP will tell people at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue that the long-term answer to counter anti-Semitism lies not in better security, but in better education.

Rabbi Kanteroviz and Rabbi Boudilovsky will welcome the Labour MEP to the Croxdale Road synagogue to promote a new initiative for better education about the Holocaust.

The scheme has been launched as part of Holocaust Memorial Day and to combat the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe.

Mr Howitt will be joined by Simon Winters of the Borehamwood Community Security Trust – the body that provides security for Jewish buildings throughout the United Kingdom.

Richard Howitt MEP, who is a member of the working group against extremism, populism, nationalism and xenophobia in the European Parliament, said: "It is right for Borehamwod and Elstree Synagogue to take sensible security precautions against the threat of anti-Semitic attacks but totally wrong that they should have to do so.

"I hope my visit will demonstrate how the whole community stands against prejudice and bigotry, as well as projecting our joint message how Jewish people in Britain feel much safer compared to their counterparts in France, Germany and Belgium.

“It is my hope that Jewish people still recognise that Hertfordshire is a wonderful place to raise a Jewish family.”

Mr Howitt is backing plans for better education in schools about the holocaust at a special event in the European Parliament to mark this week's International Holocaust Memorial Day.

He added: "I am appalled that one Belgian school was reported recently as being 'Judenfrei' - the Nazi term for 'free of Jews,' - instead the new initiative would see the lessons of the holocaust taught in every school in Britain and across Europe.

"By our children learning from the past, we can all learn for the future.

"That is the best answer to threat of attacks."