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  • Denmark, Finland upgrade Palestinian diplomatic missions

    (JTA) — Denmark and Finland updated their Palestinian diplomatic missions to embassy status. The countries made a joint announcement Saturday on the sidelines of a meeting of Nordic foreign ministers in Stockholm. “We hope that the intention to give, for all practical purposes, the Palestinian Missions in our capitals conditions for work identical to those… More ▸

  • Polish Jews in Denmark

    To the Editor: In reply to the article “Danish Jews ponder bleak future,” by Ben Harris, the third paragraph says: “But many of the Polish Jews were assimilated and saw little value in Jewish affiliation, and even those who joined the active Jewish community have seen their children — following the example of generations of… More ▸

  • Danish Jews ponder bleak future

    Denmark’s Jewish leaders are trying to figure out a way to sustain a community whose active young Jews decamp for better social and religious opportunities abroad and whose least committed melt into a society that has been remarkably welcoming of its Jewish minority. More ▸

  • Prayer Time

    On my final morning in Copenhagen, I awoke before the sun — not such a great feat in Denmark in November, mind you — and headed for the Great Synagogue for morning services. (Side note: I failed to visit the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest when I was there, the third time I have visited… More ▸

  • No requirements

    Bent Lexner lives in a row of modest but stately apartments overlooking Østerport Station in the eastern part of Copenhagen. Denmark’s chief rabbi since 1996, Lexner was rushed on Thursday morning, cutting short an early interview because of a death in the community. Danish Jews can barely spare a soul. Only about 2,000 of them… More ▸

  • Myths and Facts

      In the center of Copenhagen, just minutes walk from parliament and other institutions of Danish authority, lies the quasi-autonomous community of Christiania. Most of the literature describes it as a hippie commune, and that’s more or less accurate. Streets are unpaved, buildings are covered in colorful artwork, and surprises seem to lie behind every… More ▸