Montenegro to make Judaism an official state religion
By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
September 18, 2011 16:36
Montenegro’s Prime Minister Igor Lukšić on Saturday told Ashkenazi Chief
Rabbi Yona Metzger his country would recognize Judaism as a state
During a meeting held in the capital Podgorica, the head of state said
the Jewish faith will receive the same legal status as Roman
Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity and Islam.
“I will do everything I can to encourage this issue, whether through
legislation or amending existing regulations,” Lukšić told Metzger who
was accompanied by a delegation from the Rabbinical Center of Europe
(RCE) and the local Jewish community.
There are no more than a handful of Jews living in the republic but
state officials hoped elevating the religion’s status would encourage
interest and investment from Jews around the world in Montenegro.