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  • Remembering the Holocaust in Sofia

    Today is the Day of the Salvation of the Bulgarian Jews and of the Victims of the Holocaust and of the Crimes Against Humanity. Under a bright cloudless sky, a crowd of about 150 gathered this morning opposite the National Assembly building in Sofia for a memorial ceremony. It was a highly choreographed affair: After… More ▸

  • Blessed Hands

    Sorry for the lack of preamble, but here’s the deal: For the next two weeks or so I’ll be traipsing around Europe for JTA, my last jaunt before I sign off for the season (And no, I haven’t forgotten the R. Zalman video. Bear with me people.) I’m in Bulgaria. It wasn’t easy getting here…. More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Romania and Bulgaria, Jews Welcome Countries’ E.u. Accession

    The Jews of Bulgaria and Romania have something especially sweet to add to their New Year’s festivities: Approval of their countries’ applications for membership in the European Union. The European Jewish Congress welcomed Tuesday’s news. “We have witnessed positive improvements made by both countries in combating anti-Semitism and providing for improved Holocaust education.” EJC President… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture German, Bulgarian Officials Join to Open Show About Bulgarian Jews

    In a emotional ceremony at the close of an anti-Semitism conference in Berlin last year, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy presented his German counterpart, Joschka Fischer, with the yellow star his grandfather, a Bulgarian Jew, had been forced to wear during the Holocaust. “My grandfather used to say that the time will come when we… More ▸

  • In Bulgaria and Romania, Delegation Talks Policy and Meets Local Jews

    American Jewish leaders who held substantive, wide-ranging talks with senior government officials in Bulgaria and Romania this week have been impressed by the revival of Jewish life in those countries. “The political agenda was a priority, and our meetings were very serious,” Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American… More ▸

  • Jews in Bulgaria and Macedonia Have Different Views of Holocaust

    Sixty years ago this month, Bulgarian citizens took the first heroic steps to prevent the deportation of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews to Nazi death camps. It also was 60 years ago, however, that Nazi-allied Bulgarian occupiers brutally rounded up and deported nearly all the Jews of Macedonia, as well as Jews from parts of Greece and… More ▸

  • Kansas City Jews Give Torah to Help Their ‘partners’ in Bulgaria

    In a ceremony marked by sorrow, celebration and Jewish solidarity, Jews from Kansas City last week brought a Torah scroll to Bulgaria to take the place of 11 priceless scrolls recently stolen from the Great Synagogue in Sofia. The ceremony in the magnificent domed synagogue took place last Friday and coincided with commemorations marking Holocaust… More ▸

  • Jews from Five Countries Attend Festival in Bulgaria

    Jews from five countries attended a Sephardi Jewish festival recently held in Bulgaria. More than 150 participants from Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Yugoslavia attended Esperansa ’98, a four-day festival at the end of July that featured lectures, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and food tasting. “Long into the night, songs and dances filled the terrace,” said… More ▸