Jewish culture celebrated in Novi Sad

An exhibition of Jovica Prodanović's paintings, entitled "Impressions from Jerusalem", has opened the European Day of Jewish Culture in Novi Sad.

Source: B92

For the tenth year running, the day is marked simultaneously in all of Europe's Jewish communities, with programs highlighting the continent's Jewish heritage, tradition and culture.

This year, the event has been themed with Jewish holidays and tradition.

The marking of the day is important in order to dispel ugly and long-standing notions about Jews, the Novi Sad Jewish Community President Ana Frenkel says.

"We have tried, and continue to try, to sow the good around us. And why has this manifestation come to be on European soil – it came to be because, irrelevant of the fact that there aren't that many Jews on the European continent, they have been exterminated from here, exterminated precisely because of intolerance and ignorance, so let's have a wonderful thought come from here, to bring us closer, to respect one another," she was quoted as saying.

The exhibition in Novi Sad last night was opened by author Draško Ređep who said the town has always promoted tolerance, and that a whole generation of local authors wrote in defense of the right "for someone to be Jewish".

A Belgrade folk ensemble will perform today in Novi Sad as the event continues.


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