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The Last European Capital Without a Chabad House Finally Gets One

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Vietnam has two Chabad Houses, one in Hanoi and one in Ho Chi Minh City. Kyrgyzstan has one, in the city of Bishkek, and so does Mauritius, home to an estimated 150 Jews. Montenegro, New Zealand, and Martinique all have Chabad Houses. Every year, options are dwindling for shluchim (emissaries) looking for an exotic locale to start a Jewish community center. Unless you’re willing to go to Reykjavík.

Of course, Rabbi Avi and Mushky Feldman don’t see it that way—Iceland’s first ever Chabad shluchim, who are preparing to set up shop this spring, are delighted at the chance to create an institutional Jewish presence in Iceland. According to Chabad, “Rabbi Feldman will be the country’s first permanent rabbi; and aside from congregations formed by British and American troops during World War II, theirs will be the first synagogue in Iceland’s 1,000-plus years of history.”

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