50 to 100 Jews is not a neglible number. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 24.12.11 | 12:09 (IST)

    With state aid or without, formal or semi-formal, if there's a will to converge in a Chavuraj or small synagogue, the numbre .though small- si by no means negligible, and if there are Jewish children, all the more so, all has to be made to give them Jewish education so as to become Jewish citizens of Iceland, with an appreciation and the habit to perform Mitzvot and feel happy to be Jewish in their country. Standing up to questions shouldn't be seen as compulsory. That is a matter for the embassy, if such exists. This is primarily about coming out of the closet as Jews personally, but more importantly, congregationally. Try not to affiliate yourselves with extreme streams of orthodoxy, Chassidic or otherwise. Iceland has a very open kind of tiny Jewish community. It could easily enter a liberal Jewish frame, like the World Union for Progressive Judaism, or Masorti Olami. Gather and rejoice, open up individualism and come together. Amen. Have constructive dialogue with Christians and other groups that may exist there, and never, ever, be shy to assert yourselves as Jewish. It's your birthright.

    from the article: Iceland Jews are left out in the cold
    First published 11:47 23.12.11 | Last updated 11:47 23.12.11
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