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        9/16/2011, Elul 17, 5771

      Montenegro to Recognize Judaism as Official Religion


      President Filip Vujanović, Prime Minister Igor Lukšić, and Parliamentary President Ranko Krivokapić of Montenegro agreed, in principle, this week, to grant Judaism status as an officially recognized religion, according to Chabad.com. The announcement of the agreement followed a meeting with Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi Yona Metzger of Israel and a high profile rabbinical delegation organized by Chabad representatives to the Balkan region.

      Currently, Judaism is relegated to non-governmental organization status, which does not afford it the benefits assigned to state-recognized religions. There are 150 known Jews in the country with a total population thought to be about 1,000.