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The 14th European Day of Jewish Culture in Serbia

This year under the motto “Jewish Heritage and Nature”

Please click on the city's name to see details of the activities programmed in Novi Sad.

The European Day of Jewish Culture in Novi Sad (Serbia)

(Read the Serbian version below )

This cultural event was announced in advance publicly by posters and through the local media. Community president Goran Levi, author of the exhibition Jelena Komlosh and coordinator Edita Jankov were guests in a TV interview at Vojvodina Television.

A concert and an exhibition were being prepared, both to be held at the beautiful Synagogue. The exhibition was meant to reflect the official topic, nature and Judaism. The Jewish Community was lucky to support Jelena Komlosh, a young agricultural engineer, in organizing and preparing the display of the photographs and quotations concerning the relation between man and nature.
Jelena chose over seventy quotations from Torah, Talmud and other sources, among which let’s mention just this one.
Leviticus 25:2-7, "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land. And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee, And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat."

The long awaited Day arrived and found the Jewish Community in Novi Sad (Serbia) busy and excited for the EDJC. The program started at 7 pm as announced, at the Synagogue. Visitors started arriving some twenty minutes before 7 pm and were taking a look at the exhibition in the Synagogue Hall, which was inspired by nature and ecology, presented by photographs (taken in Israel and Serbia) and quotations from the Old Testament, Talmud as well as from other sources, including several blessings (bracha) concerning nature.
The concert followed. The audience was breathlessly listening to the piece played by Mina Momchilovich on the harp:
B.Smetana-H.Trnecek: Vltava.
Rarely does the public of Novi Sad have the opportunity
to hear jiddish. That’s why this concert was especially well received.
Orchestra Simcha from Belgrade played klezmer and traditional jiddish songs.

Milena Sablic - vokal-guitar, Milos Loncar - accordion, Roni Beraha - cello, Filip Pantelic - double bass.

Yidl mitn Fidl
Oy Mame
Az der Rebe Est
As der Rebe Elimelech
Schin wie die lewone
Dray Tehterle
Di Grine Kuzine
Schnirele Perele
Ale Brider
Lidfun Titanik
Rozinkes mit Madeln
Abi Gezunt
Malache Meluche

The concert was followed by a cocktail on the community premises, with natural pastry, fresh and dried fruit, fresh water, wine and beer. A nice Lulav (the Four Plants) decorated the room.

And yes, it was raining all day. Despite the autumn weather, despite the fact that we did expect much more visitors, we may consider the evening successful indeed.

Evropski dan jevrejske kulture - Novi Sad