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Crowd-funding: Repair of Synagogue in Doboj, Bosnia-Herzegovina


We want to draw attention to a new crowd-funding campaign launched by the local Jewish community in Doboj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to help repair and repaint the exterior of their synagogue.

The target amount being raised is modest — €3,000 — and will go toward the second phase of painting and roof repair.

The building was opened in 2003, the first synagogue built in B-H since World War II, and serves as a synagogue and community center for the tiny community of around 40 members.

Dario Atijas, the vice president of the community, writes to JHE that damage to the exterior came from antisemitic graffiti scrawled in 2009 and 2010, as well as from a major flood that hit the city in 2014, when the synagogue was used as a temporary emergency aid installation and shelter for local people.

Weather conditions damaged the roof, where many tiles were broken, leading to water leakage and infiltration, causing damage to the interior of the building. The community got some government assistance to disinfect and repaint the interior after the flood emergency, but the exterior work remains — total painting estimated to amount to €6,000, with another €2,000 for roof repair.

Last year, the municipality and Ministry of Culture gave a one-time grant of €3,000.

Atijas writes:

We have started works and it was enough to cover only half of the building. This year we want to continue with the replacement of around 100 roof tiles  and continue painting the other half of the building, as well carrying out yard works.

To find out more specifics and how to donate, please contact Atijas directly:

Email — jodoboj1874@yahoo.com

Tel/fax — +387 65441288

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ציון שמונים שנה ל”ליל הבדולח

ביום חמישי ל’ חשוון תשע”ט 8.11.18 יציין העם היהודי בכל אתר ואתר שמונים שנה ל”ליל הבדולח”.

בלילה שבין תשיעי לעשירי בנובמבר 1938, נהרסו כמעט כל בתי הכנסת בגרמניה ואוסטריה, אלפי חנויות בבעלות יהודית ועשרות בתי כלבו ענקיים נבזזו והוצתו ולמעלה משלושים אלף יהודים נעצרו, על פי רשימות מוכנות מראש. הפוגרום היה יזום ומתוכנן מראש, ובהוראה מגבוה נמנעה המשטרה מלהפריע לפורעים או לעצור אותם. האמתלה הרשמית לפוגרום היתה מותו של ארנסט פום ראט המזכיר בשגרירות הגרמנית בפריס, אשר נרצח יומיים קודם לכן, על ידי צעיר יהודי בשם הרשל גרינשפן. הכינוי “ליל הבדולח” ניתן בשל רסיסי הזכוכיות הרבות שנערמו ברחובות, מנפוץ הזגוגיות בבתי הכנסת, בתי העסק ובבתים היהודים אחרים. “ליל הבדולח” היה עליית מדרגה והחרפה בפעילות האנטישמית, של המדינה הנאצית. ההתחלה היתה אלימות מילולית, דחיקה הדרגתית של יהודי גרמניה מעמדותיהם הרשמיות וממקומות עבודה, הדבר עבר לאלימות פיזית ובלילה הזה התחולל הפוגרום בכל רחבי הרייך השלישי ובממדים עצומים ונוראים.

ביוזמת הקהילה היהודית בוינה והמערך לשירותים רוחניים בתפוצות, בהסתדרות הציונית העולמית, יתקיים השבוע בוינה, אוסטריה, סמינר וטקס לציון שמונים שנה ל”ליל הבדולח”.

אנו קוראים לכל מנהיגי הקהילות בארץ ובתפוצות להדליק בלילה הזה, יום חמישי, (8.11.18) את האורות בכל בתי הכנסת, ולהשאירם דולקים עד אור הבוקר, לזכר האורות שכבו, היות  וחובה עלינו להעביר לדורות הבאים את המסר “אש תמיד תוקד” ולדאוג להמשכיות היהודית.

בתי הכנסת שנהרסו על אדמת הרייך שוקמו ושופצו, ושוב מתכנסים המוני יהודים בבתי כנסיות אלו לתפילה וללימוד תורה. וכל זאת, בחסות המשטרה הגרמנית, המאבטחת ושומרת את המתפללים.

שמונים שנה אחרי ליל הבדולח, והשואה האיומה של יהדות אירופה שהיתה לאחריה, מדינת ישראל משגשגת ופורחת. במהלך שבעים שנות קיומה הגיעו אליה מיליוני יהודים מכל תפוצות תבל, מדינת ישראל הגיעה להישגים משמעותיים בכל שטחי החיים ובכלל זה, גם בחיים הרוחניים, כיום מצויים בה אלפי בתי כנסת מדן ועד אילת, אשר נשמע בהם קול רינה ותפילה.

הרב יחיאל וסרמן
ראש המערך לשירותים רוחניים בתפוצות


7 Av – First Temple Invaded, 423 BCE.

Following nearly three weeks of intense fighting in Jerusalem, the Babylonian army breached the defenses of the Holy Temple. They vandalized, feasted, rejoiced, and celebrated for three days, until the ninth of Av, when they set the Temple aflame.
The Jewish people live on. This day in Jewish history is an affirmation of our refusal to despair despite suffering and persecution—a reminder that we are a people of faith, strength, and resilience.



Weekly Torah portion: Balak

Parashat Shelah Lekha Dvar Torah

Bosnian president: Don’t expect compensation for Jewish property

March 14, 2017 17:41


The total value of the property today is estimated at 3 billion euros.
Mladen Ivanic

Ivanic was responding to a question that had been previously put to him the first time he visited Israel in 2003 in the capacity of his country’s foreign minister.

The person who asked about compensation said that he had asked it of other Bosnian officials, and always received a similar reply, whereas Serbia had enacted a reasonable compensation law and had followed through on it. He had been told time and again that in Bosnia, the situation was too complicated.


Ivanic explained that a compensation law had been formulated, but it had been put aside because much of this property had been taken over by the communists and had later been privatized, and in several cases had been torn down and new modern buildings had replaced them.

If it were up to him, said Ivanic, he would restore whatever property could be restored and pay out compensation for such property as could not be restored, but it is not his decision to make. The total value of the property today is estimated at 3 billion euros.

Prior to the Q&A session, Ivanic spoke of his country’s efforts to join the European Union. It has been a slow and tedious process. After several years of stabilization, Bosnia-Herzegovina applied to join the EU and was required to answer “3,400 questions.” This was done and Bosnia-Herzegovina has indeed been recognized as a potential candidate, but Ivanic anticipates that “a few more hundred questions” will be sent before the EU makes its final decision.

With the big headache that it’s causing, why would Bosnia-Herzegovina want to be part of the EU? Simply because it needs to be part of a larger family, especially when fighting terrorism and other common forms of activism, said Ivanic.

Although the EU appears to be disintegrating, Ivanic doubts that it will, because there are certain member countries that need their membership in the EU in order to survive. The future of Europe is largely contingent on the outcome of upcoming elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands, he said.

As for his own region, Ivanic said there’s a lot of turbulence, “but no one is seriously dealing with the Balkans.” The big players like America and China are not interested in the Balkans, “and there are no real leaders in Europe.”

Although his country has stabilized and people from different ethnic groups smile at each other, they do not live together, but side by side, said Ivanic.

There is still not enough trust, he said, pointing out that for true peace there is a need for both trust and compromise.

Part of the difficulty in gaining the right level of trust in his country is that the different sides cannot agree on the past, because each feels itself to be the victim rather than the aggressor. For this reason, said Ivanic, it is more beneficial to speak of the future than of the past, because there can never be agreement on the past, but there may be on the future.

Compromise is very challenging, he said, because your own people get angry about your concessions and don’t understand why you’ve done this.

ICFR president Dan Meridor commented that the situation sounded very familiar, in fact the pattern is quite similar to that of Israel and the Palestinians.

Ivanic sensed that there could not be true peace in his country, because too many people on both sides lived through the war, were wounded and lost relatives. It will be easier for the next generation, he opined. “They were born and educated during the war and they don’t know each other.”

Ivanic was educated in a much earlier pre-war generation during Tito’s time, “when they were talking about brotherhood and unity.”

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Elective assembly of the Jewish Community in Doboj


At the Jewish Cultural Center in Doboj on Sunday, February, 26. 2017 was held an elective assembly of the Jewish Community in Doboj. A significant majority of verified members responded to the general meeting to elect the new leadership and board of the community for a period of the next four years. On the proposal of the preparatory committee for convening the general meeting of the Jewish Community in Doboj were considered three points after the adopted agenda. Namely, the adoption of the new Statute / Rules of Procedure, the selection of candidates for the presidency and board of the community and diverse.

Having adopted a new statute, members approached voting for candidates who have previously submitted their candidacy in due time. New president elected of the Jewish Community in Doboj is Prim. dr. Daniel Atijas, while the membership of the board in the coming period will be Ljiljana Music Raich (Doboj), Slavenka Diamant Marinkovic (Teslic), Mojika Pesach (Derventa) and Dario Atijas  (Doboj) as an executive vice – president.

Under point diverse community members discussed various issues, current problems and challenges that carries out work of the Jewish community in Doboj and its staff. On issues such as the sustainability of the community in terms of ensuring the proper management and regular maintenance of the property of the Jewish Community in Doboj, concern for social problems of older members, including those members of the community who survived the Holocaust, then students and children, religious life, the maintenance of Jewish cemeteries in the Doboj region, participation in events of importance to the community, as well as the implementation of the annual work program on community social, religious and cultural spheres in order to preserve Jewish traditions and heritage. Newly elected leadership in the coming period will try to provide answers and solutions to ensure the continuity of the Jewish community in Doboj that dates back to 1871.

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Jewish community in Doboj requires voluntary contributions and donations to repair the roof of the synagogue. We invite all interested parties for their contributions and donations to help preserve the building of the synagogue in Doboj. The method of payment is available under the heading Donate.

Jewish Community and Cultural Center in Doboj

We are dedicated to the preservation of the Jewish religion, tradition and identity in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the preservation and promotion of peace, cultural and economic cooperation among all nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Our vision is to promote good interpersonal and interfaith relations, tolerance and compromise between peoples and eradicate racial, religious, ethnic or any other form of discrimination.

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