COPENHAGEN (Nov. 8)
Norway’s tiny Jewish community has been without its own rabbi for several years. Dr. Bent Melchior, Chief Rabbi of Denmark, launched an appeal here today for the appointment of a rabbi for Norway. He warned that unless a rabbi is appointed, Norway’s Jewish community faces “total assimilation.” Dr. Melchior has voluntarily officiated at services in Oslo two or three times a year.
But, he said, his occasional presence is not sufficient to help maintain Jewish identity in Norway. He said the Jews of Denmark should be prepared to do all they can to help obtain a rabbi for their fellow Jews in Norway.