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Montenegro to make Judaism an official state religion

Montenegro’s Prime Minister Igor Lukšić on Saturday told Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger his country would recognize Judaism as a state religion.

Montenegro’s Prime Minister Igor Lukšić on Saturday told Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger his country would recognize Judaism as a state religion.
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.
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