Jødisk liv i Norge 1976–1991, belyst ved Jødisk Menighetsblad


  • Dagfinn Rian Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapliga universitet


Media and religion, Jews -- Norway, Jewish newspapers, Norwegian newspapers, Press, Jewish


Jødisk Menighetsblad (“Jewish Community Letter”) was published in Oslo in the years 1976–1991 as an organ for the two Jewish (“Mosaic”) congregations in Norway. It appeared three times a year, usually before the Jewish festivals Pesach, Rosh Hashana, and Chanukka. Each number counted between 45 and 75 pages. Its chief editor was Oskar Mendelsohn, well known for his two-volume work on the history of the Norwegian Jews. The community letter brought reports on Jewish congregational life and annual meetings, registered births, bar and bath mitzwahs, weddings, and deaths. The general picture given is a slow but steadily increasing activity in both congregations. In addition, the community letter also recorded what was said and written about Jewish and Israeli questions in radio, television and press. It gave up-to-date information about Israel, and presented articles on Jewish religion and culture. Its most outstanding feature, however, is the meticulous recording and report on literature, poetry and factual prose as well, regarding some aspect on Israel or Judaism. Through this journal, its editors have secured documentation about Jewish life and culture in Norway. In addition, there can be no doubt that the community letter has been of pivotal importance for promoting a conscious feeling of Jewish identity in Norway.



How to Cite

Rian, D. (2002). Jødisk liv i Norge 1976–1991, belyst ved Jødisk Menighetsblad. Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies, 23(1), 57–80. https://doi.org/10.30752/nj.69590