European Jewish Union (EJU) assists in the revival of Jewish life in Montenegro as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance ties with communities and governments throughout Europe.
A high-level European Jewish Union (EJU) delegation travelled to Montenegro last week in order to assist in the re-establishment of Jewish life in this southeastern European country.
The delegation, led by EJU Vice President Vadim Rabinovich and EJU Chief Executive Officer Tomer Orni, met with the country's political leadership and representatives of the recently established Jewish community of Montenegro. The visit is part of the ongoing outreach endeavours by EJU to enhance its ties with Jewish communities and national governments throughout Europe.
The delegation was received by Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic and Speaker of the Parliament Ranko Krivokapic. Meetings were also held with the country's Foreign Minister Nebojsa Kaluderovic, Deputy Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and the Mayors of the capital Podgorica, the royal city of Cetinje, and the coastal town of Kotor.
During their visit, EJU leaders pledged to support the establishment of a Synagogue and Jewish Cultural Centre in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, an ambitious initiative for which they received the support of the country's top officials.
Tomer Orni, CEO of the European Jewish Union said: "EJU is committed to fostering Jewish life throughout Europe. We were inspired by the newly established community in Montenegro and its achievements to date. We are delighted to be able to offer our support to this community. Jews in Europe are part of one family. We should all work together and help each other".
Jasha Alfandari, President of the Montenegro Jewish Community said: "This visit has provided a major boost for our community. It has sent a message to the Montenegrin people and the Montenegrin government that our tiny Jewish Community - which is one of the smallest in the world - is not alone."