KKL-JNF Tu Bishvat Seminar in Montenegro.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Representatives of communities from six countries in the region took part in the Tu Bishvat seminar, making their way to the Montenegrin capital Podgorica for two days of memorable experiences and productive debate.
In November 2017, KKL-JNF participated in the fifth annual Mahar (‘tomorrow’) conference in Budva, Montenegro in order to strengthen the Jewish communities in the Balkans and Eastern Europe and promote mutual cooperation. After meetings with representatives from the different communities during the conference, KKL-JNF Director General Mr. Amnon Ben Ami decided to kick-start KKL-JNF activities in the region with a Tu BiShvat seminar that would be the first event of its kind.
On the first day of the conference eight representatives from seven countries assembled in Podgorica: President of KKL-JNF Montenegro and President of the Montenegro Jewish Community Mr. Jasha Alfandari; Ms Karolina Szykier-Koszucka, an educator at the Lauder-Morasha School who deputized for Mr. Leslaw Piszewski, President of the united communities of Poland; Ms Žoli Abravanel, a member of the legal community and of the Jewish community of Belgrade in Serbia; Ms Svetlana Đurić, President of the cultural committee in Serbia; Mr. Mihai Lucian Grunberg, representing the community of Romania; Mr. Andras Gyertyanos, Advisor to the President of the Hungarian Municipalities Union, who deputized for the union’s president Mr. Peter Torday; Ms Ana Lebl, President of the Jewish community of Split in Croatia; and Dr. Rahela Mizrahi, a representative of the Macedonian community.
The seminar was hosted by Mr. Jasha Alfandari, who is President of both the local Jewish Community and KKL-JNF Montenegro.
The conference opened with an official dinner at which Mr. Alfandari told his guests: “We have gathered here for two days of study and discussion of Tu BiShvat that you will be able to take back home with you to your communities as you engage in meaningful activities to celebrate the holiday. But even more importantly, I have invited you here because I believe that together we can create a group that will lead KKL-JNF activities in the region.”
The conference was led by Ms. Lin Dror of KKL-JNF’s Department of International Relations and Conferences, who is in charge of coordinating the organization’s activities in the Balkans. At the opening event she welcomed the participants on behalf of KKL-JNF’s Board of Directors and added, “In the past we needed donations and help from the Jewish People to establish, develop and strengthen the Jewish state. About two years ago a new KKL-JNF Board elected under the leadership of Daniel Atar examined the organization’s goals and objectives and decided to adjust them to suit the current needs and issues facing the State of Israel and the Jewish People. As a result, our approach to Jewish communities throughout the world has developed and become more proactive. This being the case, we decided to come to you, the Jewish communities of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and, together with you, examine your needs, the problems you face and how we can work together with you and make you stronger, because the strength of the State of Israel has always been dependent upon the strength of the Jewish People in Israel and the Diaspora.”
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