March 12, 2013 - 70 years from the deportations of 7144 Macedonian Jews to Treblinka

On March 12, delegations of members and friends of the Jewish Community went to Bitola and Shtip and took part in commemoration activities.


In Bitola, the delegation visited Estreja Ovadija-Mara kindergarten where they attended a performance organized by the children of the kindergarten. Then the delegation was welcomed by the Mayor of Bitola, Vladimir Talevski. The delegations laid flowers in front of the Monument of the Deported Jews from Bitola, the Monument of the national hero Estreja Ovadija-Mara, and the Monument of the Fallen Fighters. In Magaza Culture Center the exhibition I, you and they by Sarah Einik was inaugurated. The activities ended with a visit to the Jewish Cemetery in Bitola.


In Stip, the delegation was welcomed at a reception by the Mayor of Bitola, Zoran Aleksov, in Stip City Hall, and then they laid wreaths in front of the Monument of the Deported Jews from Stip. The book Dusks in March - students’ works from Stip was promoted in the City Hall. In the Museum of the City of Stip the exhibition Little David - 80 drawings by students from primary schools in Macedonia was opened.


March 11, 2013, - 70 years from the deportations of the Macedonian Jews to Treblinka

On March 11, 2012, the 70th anniversary of the deportation of 7144 Macedonian Jews to Treblinka was marked. Delegations consisting of the Jewish Community, Government representatives and diplomats, guests from other Jewish communities and organizations, and many organizations from Macedonia, laid wreaths at the site of the Monopol transit camp, at the Butel Jewish cemetery, and in front of the Monument of the Fallen Freedom Fighters.


The delegations attended a reception organized by the Mayor of Skopje Koce Trajanovski in Skopje City Hall, and then the delegation went to the Jewish Community. In the Beth Yaakov Synagogue there was a ceremony on the occasion of giving a Torah scroll by the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. The giving of the Torah took place in the presence of many members and Rabbi Luciano Prelevic.


In the evening on March 11, there was a Commemoration concert of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra and Mois Hason Choir. The program consisted of а musical part, comprised of classical music and spiritual Jewish songs, and a theatrical monologue. Speeches were given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Poposki, President of the Jewish Community Bjanka Subotikj, Ambassador of the State of Israel to Macedonia, Yosef Amrani, Rabbi Andrew Baker from the American Jewish Committee, and Vice-president of the European Jewish Congress Raya Kalenova.


Sukkot 2012



On October 12 we observed Sukkot. Like every year, the sukkah was waiting for the guests in the courtyard of the Community. The youngest members had a lot of fun - they played in the sukkah and became acquainted with the four species characteristic of Sukkot: Etrog (the fruit of a citron tree), Lulav (a ripe, green, closed frond from a date palm tree), Hadass (boughs with leaves from the myrtle tree) and Aravah (branches with leaves from the willow tree). Then in the sukkah we recited the prayer for the sukkah:


Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha'olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu leshev basukkah.


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Rosh Hashana 2012





On September 16 we observed Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year. Hazan Maxim Cohen held an evening service for Rosh Hashanah in Beth Yaakov Synagogue, and afterwards the members took part at the joint dinner.

Shana Tova! - in Hebrew this expression means for a good year!

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European Day of Jewish Culture 2012


On September 5 we celebrated the European Day of Jewish Culture for the seventh time. This year the topic was The Spirit of Jewish Humour, and the Jewish Community welcomed the guests in Suli An. The host Nino Levi saluted them with the traditional Jewish toast L’chaim and a glass of red wine for the guests. The evening was held in a pleasant atmosphere, the program including a stand-up comedy performed by Nino Levi and a music part performed by the Mois Hason Choir. By celebrating the European Day, Macedonia has joined the other European countries in the celebration of this pan-European event.



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