2 Synagogues in Norway
Jewish Community of Oslo
Foundation of what was later renamed the Jewish community took place in Christiania in 1892. In all these years there has been a democratic organization with a board elected by the General Assembly, where all paying members are entitled to vote. Membership requires that a Jew in halachisk sense. The rabbi is Orthodox and common practice is the orthodox form of Judaism. Members' religious practices are highly variable and headroom for inequality is great. There are members who clean halachisk sets are counted as Jews but who have grown up in reform congregations in the United States. They stand side by side with those who have grown up in strictly Orthodox environment. Our ambition is for everyone to feel at home within our community and be able to respect each other's differences. We are the largest Jewish institution in Norway. We work to ensure the continued Jewish life in Norway with all it requires of width in the offer. We are proud that our work ranges from cradle to grave. A large part of our work is organized in many different committees covering a wide range of tasks. This gives our many volunteers the opportunity to engage in a variety of chores. They constitute the basis of the operation of our faiths. There is great community spirit and rewards are also great - a sense of community, influence, to be for something and someone, vast learning opportunities, friendships and not least ensure that Jewish life continues to be part of the Norwegian society. For that is what we are and have been for generations - an integral part of our Norwegian democracy. We are more than a little proud! For us it's not either or, we are both Jews and Norwegians or for those of us that are not Norwegians - are we at least people who know a particular affinity for Norway. We have members who are new in Norway and we have those who have been here for many generations of ancestors immigrated in the 1800s. We also expatriate members who wish to remain part of the Norwegian-Jewish community.