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Jewish Summer Camp Reopens in Croatia After 4-year Closure

A Jewish summer camp at Pirovac, on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, reopened with a three-day program of learning and fun after it was forced to close down four years ago because of the war in Bosnia.

More than 60 young Jews from across Croatia gathered earlier this month for a special weekend program sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Israeli Habonim Dror movement.

“It’s a new beginning,” said Yechiel Bar Chaim, the JDC country director for the nations of the former Yugoslavia as well as the Czech Republic. “After all the pain and separation imposed by the war, it is indeed a new beginning.”

Bar Chaim said about 50 young Jews from Zagreb as well as four from Split, six from Osijek and four from Rijeka took part in the weekend session, which included workshops, lectures, Shabbat and Havdalah ceremonies, and social events.

Before the war in Bosnia, Pirovac drew Jewish youth from across Yugoslavia for summer camp and other programs.

During the summer of 1992, the camp was used to house refugees from Bosnia- Herzegovina.

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