A new home in Stockholm

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 6, 2016

The Jewish community in Stockholm has opened a new centre for culture and education called Bayit, meaning "house" or "home" in Hebrew.

The building houses a Jewish kindergarten and school, called Hillel, as well as Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.


Sweden Shoah project wins major grant

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 4, 2016

Two young Swedes who tour schools telling their grandparents' stories of surviving the Holocaust have been awarded 300,000 krona (£24,500) to expand their activities.

The pair are founders of the Stockholm-based non-profit group, Zikaron (meaning "memory" in Hebrew), whose grandmothers survived Auschwitz.


Wallstrom calls for probe into killing of terrorists

January 14, 2016

Yet another provocative statement by Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom brought angry responses from Jerusalem this week.

On Tuesday, she said that there was a need for an investigation into "extrajudicial" killings of Palestinians by Israelis during the recent terror wave.


Scared parents pull kids from Malmo school

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 2, 2015

More and more parents are taking their children out of Malmo's only Jewish pre-school following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.

Currently, 32 children are enrolled in the pre-school but, by the autumn, only 17 are expected to remain, which means one of two departments within the school will need to close down, it has been reported.

Jehoshua Kaufman, president of the Malmo Jewi


Concern over hate in Malmö

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 19, 2015

Barack Obama's antisemitism envoy has warned of the likelihood of "tragic incidents" unless Europe does more to protect Jewish communities.

Ira Forman made the comments this week while visiting Sweden to assess the country's efforts to prevent attacks on Jews.

In Malmö, the southern Swedish city that has acquired an international reputation for antisemitism, Mr Forman said: "I think people


Anti-Nazi statue 'may fuel violence'

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 5, 2015

The Swedish city of Växjö has blocked plans for a statue to be built in honour of a Jewish woman who hit neo-Nazis with her purse during a rally in 1985.

The incident was caught on camera and the iconic image was the inspiration for the proposed statue, which will not be made because, city officials said, it could "promote violence".


Did parliament speaker say Jews can’t be Swedes?

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 12, 2015

Björn Söder, a deputy speaker of the Swedish parliament and secretary-general of the far-right Sweden Democrat Party, triggered a furore in Sweden recently when he was interpreted as saying that Jews can never be accepted as Swedes.

It landed Söder on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of “Top Ten Worst Global Antisemitic/Anti-Israel incidents” in 2014.


Home-school family in legal battle

By Nathalie Rothschild, January 29, 2015

An orthodox couple must wait four weeks to find out whether they can continue to educate their children at home.

An administrative court in Gothenburg, Sweden, heard Rabbi Alexander Namdar and his wife Leah outline their case for homeschooling their son and three daughters on Tuesday.

The couple, who are originally from Britain, set up Scandinavia's first Chabad house 23 years ago.


Sweden officially recognises Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, October 30, 2014

Sweden today became the first EU member country to officially recognise a Palestinian state.

"Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine," Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement published in the Dagens Nyheter daily, AFP reported.

"It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she added.


Swedes get a female rabbi

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 14, 2014

Sweden will get its first female rabbi when Ute Steyer of New York's Yeshiva University takes up the post at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm in January.