A discussion circle with young people in Oslo, Norway
Keeping and Renewing, Jewish Community of Oslo
Name of implementing organization:The Jewish Community of Oslo
Date of initial project approval:October 2004
Brief description of the local Jewish community
We believe that 2,000-3,000 Jews live in Norway, including 1,500 in Oslo. There are 850 dues-paying members of the Community. The Jewish Community of Oslo is the country's largest Jewish organization and operates a kindergarten and a supplementary afternoon school (cheder).
Project aims and objectives
The project aims to strengthen the Jewish identity of its participants through informal education, and to attract young people to Judaism and the Jewish Community by facilitating adapted learning and meeting spaces.
The project is comprised of three groups. Group A, ages 14-17, participates in an educational project on Judaism and Jewish History. The youths go through in-depth studies on chosen topics, and plan most of their study path themselves. They also participate in intensive seminars.
Group B, ages 18-30, meets once a month with high profile Jews for informal discussions, talks, and lessons, in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Group C, ages 16-30, focuses on furthering the Jewish education of the Community's cheder teachers, with inspiring lectures. These high quality lectures have been open to all.
Main budget elements
Accommodations, travel, and refreshments
The project's successes
- High numbers of attendees for all events
- Extremely enthusiastic and satisfied participants
- Well run seminars and lectures
Difficulties encountered along the way
Loss of a few participants