Rabbi Joav Melchior

Rabbiner

Our Rabbi, Joav Melchior, was born in Oslo but moved to Israel with his family at a young age.  He returned to Oslo as a Rabbi, and togheter with the cantor and the synagoge steering committee he is responsible for the services in syngagoge

The Rabbi weds couples, is responsible for Brit Milah, Bar and Bar Mitzvahs, and also religious divorce.  In addition he is in charge of guiding those who wish to convert.

The Rabbi is also an active participant in debates with other religious communities, and is a member of the “Forum for religious and community leaders”.

In addition, the Rabbi is responsible for kosher certification for the Norwegian production facilities of the Orthodox Union (OU).

Chairman of the board Rolf Golombek

Rolf Golombek was elected leader of the community in May 2018. He is born and raised in the community, and was a board member from 1995-2001 when he was responsible for the community center.  He was also responsible for the restoration and expanison of the center.  Rolf was previously vice chairman of the community, and was also in charge of the finances. In addition Rolf has been a board member of the Holocaust Center, and was the chairman until the summer of 2018. Rolf is married to Marianne, and they have two sons; Simon and Jakob, both of whom are active in the community. He has a PhD in econimics, and is a senior researcher at the Frisch Centre, conducting reseach within the fields of energy economics and climate change.

Trustee Ervin Kohn

Ervin Kohn was born in Budapest in 1955.  He came to Norway with his parents in 1960 when his father, Jenø Kohn, became the kantor and a teacher in the community.

Ervin became the president in 2010, and chairman and president in 2011.  He resigned as chair in 2018, and continued as president.

He is has a business degree, and has worked in the private sector for most of his career;  18 years as the leader of the furniture manufacturer Savo.  Since 2013 he has been working for The Norwegian Centre Against Racism.

Ervin married his high school sweetheart Mariann, who is also a pillar of the community.  She was the chairwoman of the kindergarten for 13 years, the leader of WIZO, and together they have three children and seven grandchildren.  All children are also active members of the community.