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The Jewish Community of Macedonia

Posted on 03/21/2013 @ 03:30 PM

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My name is Rebeka Mucheva, I’m 18 and I live in Macedonia, BBYO Balkans region. I come from a small Jewish community in the capita of Macedonia, Skopje. We have a large community of kids of teens with many activities such as a kids club, which I run, women’s club, youth club etc. All of us come from mixed marriages, so the Jewish atmosphere is not very present in our homes. We celebrate the holidays in our Jewish community, and since we don’t have a rabbi, a rabbi from Bulgaria comes for the big holidays like Passover, Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah.

I have been working as a Madricha, counselor, in my community for a year now. Every Sunday I meet with my kids aged 2-12, for a fun and educational rich experience. When there is a holiday coming up, we have a workshop where they learn more about it and occasionally, on the day of the celebration in the community, we show our members what the kids club has made/learned.

On March 10th, we took our kids to the Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia. It was a day before the commemoration of the deportation of 7,144 Jews from Macedonia, 70 years ago. They had a tour in the museum and they showed interest in our people’s history; why and how the Holocaust happened, what is it like to be Jewish these days etc. For me, it was amazing to see little kids asking all of these questions and begging me to teach them more every week.

BBYO has definitely played a huge part in developing my Jewish identity and making Jewish friends near and far. It has given me the sense of sisterhood, acceptance and belonging. That is the main reason why I do what I do, to try to give these kids, the future of my Jewish community, a place where they can be Jewish in their home city and share it with their peers.

Rebeka Mucheva, Macedonia, BBYO Balkans region

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