Montenegro to make Judaism an official state religion

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
September 18, 2011 16:36

 
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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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