Where to locate a Jewish museum Copenhagen as a site for a Jewish museum What difference does it make where Jewish museums are located within the spatial context of the city?
Jewish settlement in Copenhagen dates back to the middle of the seventeenth century, though Jews were not given equal rights until 1814. A new synagogue was built in the centre of town in 1833 to replace the one destroyed by fire in 1795. Within walking distance is also a Jewish community centre; this is an eighteenth-century building renovated in the 1960s and opened as a Jewish cultural and youth centre in 1968. Under the same roof the following organizations can also be found: the administrative offices of the Copenhagen Jewish community, the Women’s International Zionist Organization of Denmark, the Danish Zionist Federation, the Jewish National Fund and B’nai Brith. The premises also house a mikvah (ritual cleansing bath), a day-care centre and a kosher canteen. Clearly, the synagogue and the communal centre provide an important focal point for Copenhagen’s Jewish population. However, as in London, the Jewish population has largely moved to the suburbs and is currently widely scat