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Norway Jewish community shrinking. Norway’s two Jewish communities in Oslo and Trondheim are experiencing a decline in numbers, reports say. Statistics Norway (SSB) figures show these communities have shrunk by almost a fifth in the last 10 years, falling from 1,015 members to 819. The Oslo Jewish Community’s Ervin Kohn believes that one of the reasons is people not joining the congregation due to fear of being openly Jewish.

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Norway Jewish community shrinking

Published on Wednesday, 18th January, 2012 at 21:02 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Norway’s two Jewish communities in Oslo and Trondheim are experiencing a decline in numbers, reports say.

A Kippah
'I think people sometimes forget that Norwegian Jews are a national minority in Norway,' says Jewish community spokespersonA Kippah
Photo: H. Pellikka/Wikimedia Commons


Statistics Norway (SSB) figures show these communities have shrunk by almost a fifth in the last 10 years, falling from 1,015 members to 819.

The Oslo Jewish Community’s Ervin Kohn believes that one of the reasons is people not joining the congregation due to fear of being openly Jewish.

“I just got off the phone with someone in Stavanger who used the desire to keep a low profile as an argument against joining,” he told Christian newspaper Vårt Land.

He cites other possible factors as being many members having moved from Norway, marrying out of the congregation, the register has been updated, and deaths.

Norway is committed to protecting those who may be subjected to discrimination, hostility, and violence due to their religion.

The Ministry of Justice has turned down two previous applications by the synagogue in Oslo for funding to cover electronic and physical security measures.

Saying a recent meeting with Deputy Minister Terje Moland Pedersen was more positive, because “what we said was understood”, Mr Kohn continued, “I think the fact that Norwegian Jews are a national minority in Norway is sometimes forgotten.”




Published on Wednesday, 18th January, 2012 at 21:02 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwayjewishcommunity, jewishcommunityoslo, jewsintrondheim.





  
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