There are not a lot of Jews in Indonesia.
So few, in fact, that when I attended the 7th World Peace Forum on behalf of the World Jewish Congress alongside Rabbi David Rosen from the American Jewish Committee, the two of us represented an immediate 1% increase in the Jewish population.
Estimates are that Indonesia’s Jewish community numbers around 200, or less than 0.000001% of the total 261 million majority-Muslim population of the country.
Indonesia’s constitution envisages a secular country, but its law requires the identity card of every citizen to list them as being a member of one of six religions: Islam, Protestant Christianity, Catholic Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism or Confucianism. Judaism is not an option. The country’s Jews must either proclaim themselves to be part of another faith or, after a court ruling in 2017, enter, ‘believers of the faith’.
Hope for the future
Imagine a world in which people actively seek out friendships with people who are different from themPhilip Rosenberg