The only Jew in remote Greenland sometimes feels like 'the last person on earth'

 

August 25, 2023

Dan Fellner

Paul Cohen at his home in Narsaq, Greenland.

NARSAQ, Greenland (JTA) - This picturesque village on the southwestern coast of Greenland where famed Viking Erik the Red first arrived more than 1,000 years ago is about as off-the-beaten-path as one can get.

Sheep outnumber the town's population 20-1 and the only way to reach an airport is via helicopter or ship.    

Yet for Paul Cohen, an American Jew who has lived here with his wife Monika for 22 years, Narsaq's remoteness is more than offset by its stunning landscapes, clean air and laidback lifestyle.

"It's the Garden of Eden in many ways," said Cohen, who is 61. "I feel like I'm...



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