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  • 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 ▸

  • Israel Flies Aid to Bulgaria

    Israel has sent a plane carrying emergency medical aid to Bulgaria, in an effort to ease the crisis in Sofia. One ton of supplies was sent this week as a humanitarian response to the shortage of medicines in Bulgarian hospitals. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it would consider sending additional shipments… More ▸

  • Jews Commemorate Rescue in Bulgaria of 50,000 Jews

    The Jewish community this week commemorated the 50th anniversary of the rescue of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews from Nazi death camps, an event that represented at least one bright spot in the dark days of the Holocaust. While the heroism of the Danish community in trying to save its Jewish citizens during World War II is… More ▸

  • Shamir Trip to Bulgaria Going Well

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s visit to Bulgaria is going very well, according to reports from Sofia. It is the first visit by an incumbent Israeli prime minister to that southeastern European country, and it is expected to result in extensive trade, tourism and cultural ties. Shamir, who is accompanied by his Bulgarian-born wife, Shulamit, has… More ▸

  • Shamir on State Visit to Bulgaria, Hopes to Arrange Immigrant Flights

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir arrived Tuesday in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, on the first official visit to that Eastern European country by an incumbent Israeli prime minister. Although allied with Germany during World War II, Bulgaria was one of the few European states under Nazi domination that tried to protect its Jewish inhabitants, Shamir… More ▸

  • Herzog Going to Hungary, Bulgaria

    President Chaim Herzog is scheduled to leave Tuesday for Hungary and Bulgaria, on the first official visit to those countries by an Israeli chief of state. He will meet with the Hungarian president, prime minister and foreign minister in Budapest, and will visit a transit point used by Jewish emigrants from the Soviet Union en… More ▸

  • Bulgarian Cemetery Vandalized, but Anti-semitism Not a Motive

    The Jewish community of Bulgaria said Wednesday that vandals who damaged the Jewish section of the old cemetery in the city of Ruse on Monday night appear not to have been motivated by anti-Semitism or nationalism. A statement released by Eddie Schwartz, president of Shalom, the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria, said the community was… More ▸

  • Bulgarian Olim Arrive in Israel

    The first flight to Israel by Balkan Air, Bulgaria’s national airline, landed Monday at Ben-Gurion Airport with 68 immigrants on board. Jewish Agency officials expressed hope that at least 100 Bulgarian olim would arrive each month now that direct flights from the capital city of Sofia have been established. The Jewish Agency signed an agreement… More ▸