The Slovenia Times

Festival of Jewish culture

Aug 29 - Sept 30

Slovenia is joining celebration of European Days of Jewish Culture with a series of exhibitions, lectures and concerts in the northeast of the country and Ljubljana.

The festival is opening in the Maribor city library with a guided tour of an exhibition on the literary heritage of Prekmurje Jews, which includes prayer and ritual books published between 1779 and 1942.

The Maribor Synagogue, coordinator of the festival in Slovenia, is hosting an exhibition on the deportations of Jews from the Prekmurje region and the Croatian Međimurje region during the holocaust.

On 3 September, another exhibition will open at the Maribor Synagogue depicting the Židovska quarter, the former Jewish quarter of Maribor, during the tumultuous first half of the 20th century.

Singers of Yiddish music from Vienna will perform on 2 September in Šalovci in the Prekmurje region and a round table on Jewish life will be held in Domanjševci.

Photographs of Jewish cemeteries will be on show at the Negova Castle starting from 8 September.

A musical tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution will be performed on 12 September at the Maribor Synagogue.

Lectures will also be held at the Ljubljana Synagogue, including one by Rabbi Ariel Haddad on 12 September and one by Judaism expert Maja Kutin a week later.

The Israel national library has assembled an exhibition on the subject of memory which will be available on the Maribor Synagogue website from 22 September.

The Pomurje Museum in Murska Sobota will also host lectures on the history of Prekmurje Jews on 15 September and on the life and work of printer Izidor Hahn on 21 September.

In the Lendava Synagogue the Kontra-Kvartet quintet will close the festival with a concert on 30 September. Details of all the events are available here.