Oslo Synagogue

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Exterior of the synagogue in Oslo, note concrete barriers
Exterior of the synagogue in Oslo, note concrete barriers
Basic information
Location Bergstien 13, 0172 Oslo, Norway
Geographic coordinates 59°55′33″N 10°44′34″E / 59.9257029°N 10.7428643°E / 59.9257029; 10.7428643Coordinates: 59°55′33″N 10°44′34″E / 59.9257029°N 10.7428643°E / 59.9257029; 10.7428643
Affiliation Judaism
Region St. Hanshaugen
Country Norway
Website www.dmt.oslo.no

The Oslo Synagogue is a synagogue in Oslo, Norway. The congregation was established in 1892, but the present building was erected 1920. Architectural historian Carol Herselle Krinsky describes the two-story tall, stuccoed building with a round tower topped with a spire supporting a Star of David as resembling "a simple and charming country chapel.'[1]

King Harald V and Crown Prince Haakon visited the synagogue in June, 2009.[2][3]

2006 shooting attack[edit]

The synagogue was the site of a 2006 shooting attack, suspected by police to have been perpetrated by four men in a car. No one was injured.[4] The four allegedly were the then 29-year-old criminal-turned-Islamist Arfan Bhatti of Pakistani origin, a 28-year-old Norwegian-Pakistani, a 28-year-old Norwegian of foreign origin, and a 26-year-old Norwegian.[5]

Bhatti was acquitted for terror charges, but still convicted for co-conspiracy to the shooting (along with several other unrelated charges) which was instead judged as "coarse vandalism".[6] The three other men were acquitted of all charges.[7]

On 21 February 2015, around 1,000 people formed a human "ring of peace" outside the synagogue, to show that they deplore the harassment of Jews. The event, which was initiated by Norwegian Muslims, occurred shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. The demonstration received international media attention.[8][9] Some media reports stated that possibly only a minority of those present were Muslims. Ervin Kohn, the president of the Norwegian Jewish community, told enquiring reporters that the exact number of Muslims among those present at the demonstration was impossible to quantify.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Synagogues of Europe; Architecture, History, Meaning, MIT Press, 1985; revised edition, MIT Press, 1986; Dover reprint, 1996, p. 94
  2. ^ Norway king visits local Jewish community
  3. ^ Jun 10, 2009, Jerusalem Post, King of Norway visits Jewish community
  4. ^ Synagogue shooting spurs calls for tighter security, Aftenposten English edition [1]
  5. ^ Israeli embassy target of Oslo synagogue attackers
  6. ^ "Bhatti dømt til forvaring" (in Norwegian). NRK. 20 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Frikjent for terrorplaner". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 3 June 2008. 
  8. ^ 21 Feb 2015, VG, Norske muslimers fredsring får bred internasjonal omtale
  9. ^ Grymer, Torunn; Skille, Øyvind Bye; Kalajdzic, Pedja (21 February 2015). "1.300 people formed «Ring of Peace» outside Oslo synagogue after young Muslims initiative". NRK. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Misinformation mars Oslo interfaith ‘peace ring’". The Times of Israel. 23 February 2015. 

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