«Heia jødene! An exhibition about integration and the joy of sports»
Starting on May 22nd 2014, the Oslo Jewish Museum welcomes visitors to the new temporary exhibition «Heia jødene! An exhibition about integration and the joy of sports».
From the vantage point of the Jews, there is little reason to commemorate the Constitution with its original Article 2 from 1814. But the Oslo Jewish Museum has chosen another angle, and is taking the bicentennial as a chance to celebrate what the initial 1814 articles did not allow: a Jewish presence in Norway. The museum’s exhibition for the bicentennial year of 2014 is devoted to showing Jewish life and presence at its most ordinary and fundamentally “Norwegian” – in outdoor recreation and in sports.
«Heia jødene! An exhibition about integration and the joy of sports» shows how the Jewish immigrants who settled in Norway embraced Norwegian nature and outdoor activities, and highlights the many who became active sportsmen and -women. Though they were a small minority, Jews in Norway came to participate in a vast range of sports and athletic disciplines, often with good results. Jewish participation in sports in Norway is not well known; this exhibition presents many of those who excelled in their discipline, but also shows the breadth of Norwegian Jewish sports participation from the early 20th century and until today.