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International Holocaust Remembrance Day, organized by the Western University “Vasile Goldis”

January 27, 2017

The Center for Jewish Studies “Academician Nicolae Cajal” of UVVG from Arad, in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences, in partnership with The Jewish Community of Arad, the Museum Complex of Arad, the County School Inspectorate of Arad, Goldis TV, The European, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which holds the presidency of the International Holocaust Memorial Alliance (IHRA), marked Friday, 2017 the 27th of January, in Aula “Stefan Cicio-Pop”, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The event was attended by Prof. Dr. Aurel Ardelean, President of the Western University “Vasile Goldis”, Ionel Schlesinger, President of the Jewish Community of Arad, Simona Stiger, Inspector of the County School Inspectorate of Arad, Adelina Stoenescu (from the Museum Complex of Arad), teachers, historians, students and pupils.

Holocaust_UVVG_2017_01_27_2Within the event was held an art exhibition, where there were exposed the most interesting artistic achievements of students; Essays about the Holocaust, read by the authors. A choral moment was presented by the pupils of “Sabin Dragoi” Arts College of Arad; “Diary of Anna Frank” read by students from the “Sabin Dragoi” Arts College of Arad, a result of which prizes were awarded by the Center for Jewish Studies from Arad, UVVG, the Museum Complex of Arad and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the best papers will be published in the magazine “STUDIA IUDAICA ARADENSIS”. The attending teachers have received from the organizers, the following volumes: A History of the European Holocaust. Case of Romania; The Pogrom of Iasi (album); Synagogues of Bucharest (album); The Journal of Ana Frank; Aron Chorin (biography – bilingual volume). Prof. Dr. Aurel Ardelean, President of the Western University “Vasile Goldis”, pointed out: “Since 2005 and until today, we mark the Holocaust Day in recognition of the fact that there were many sacrifices of the Jewish people, innocent people being sacrificed, just because they were Jewish. International Holocaust Remembrance Day was decided by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution no. 607/1 from November 2005 and adopted at the 42nd plenary meeting. Holocaust_UVVG_2017_01_27_3Our university has a special relationship with the Jewish community, both locally and nationally. I bring on this occasion, a tribute to the man who was Acad. Nicolae Cajal, who gave the final approval of the Romanian Academy for the establishment of the Medicine Faculty of Arad. He helped Arad greatly by this gesture, we are considering him one of the founders of higher education in Arad and we’ve honored his memory by erecting a bust in front of the Synagogue, together with the Jewish Community of Arad. On a scientific plan we have established relations with Universities and entrepreneurs from Israel. We intend to open in Arad, with the support of entrepreneurs from Israel, a center for radiotherapy, this project being at the planning stage of the study. Thanks to everyone who participated at this symposium, those who are with the Center for Jewish Studies, one of the most powerful scientific centers, with numerous publications and a special activity in the realm of scientific research. I am delighted by the presence of young people, whom should know the history of nations and the truth. The competition organized on this occasion is welcomed and we will perpetuate this International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust on other occasions too”.

“Our Center for Jewish Studies organized from then until today, the actions of marking this day. This year, Romania holds the Presidency of the International Alliance for Holocaust Memory and this event falls within this context. In which case we organized a drawing competition for students across the country, but also other artistic events. There were awarded the best poems, essays, children’s drawings of Arad and the country”, said Prof. Dr. Marius Grec, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Western University “Vasile Goldis”.

Holocaust_UVVG_2017_01_27_4Ionel Schlesinger, president of the Jewish Community of Arad, emphasized the importance of such events, bringing the discussion on the challenges of the present, of the dangers surrounding not only on Jews but on the whole world of Judeo-Christian civilization. His Excellency stressed the importance of educating youth in the spirit of knowledge and respect for human values, appreciation of individuals only on the basis of their contribution to the proper course of society. Finally, he gave warm thanks to everyone who by means of thinking, organization and contributions (graphics, writings, music) have conducted this highly intellectual and moral event.


Bright Holiday, Celebration of Light – This Year (2016) Generating “#Christnukkah” Hashtag

December 24, 2016

The evening of 2016, December the 24th, although with a different meaning for us than that for our Christian brothers, accounted for every person the beginning of a special holiday: Eve of Hanukkah / Christmas Eve.

ChristnukkahThis coincidence has led to an unprecedented demotion of a traditional event. Here is its story:

Many years ago, Professor Mrs. Silvia Demian, back then principal of “Sabin Dragoi” Arts High school from Arad, prepared the choir of high school students a program with songs of Hanukkah. Every year, at Hanukkah, our community has benefited from the extraordinary performance of this choir. At first a habit, it became a tradition, after the retirement of Mrs. Director Demian, the performances continued under the leadership of a former student, member of the choir, now a professor at the same high school (currently “College”) – Monica Tebuie.

As Monica became a mother three years ago and had ceased activity for a period of two years, this beautiful string of events was interrupted. This year, however, Monica has prepared a program for a new generation of students meant to resume the tradition.

Yearly, the celebration of Hanukkah was scheduled in one of the eight days of the feast, the choice being made by several factors (often depending on their availability).

This time we were faced with a challenge due to the coincidence that, in the context of the differences between the Jewish and the Gregorian calendar, are very rare: the first day of Hanukkah fell right on the eve of Christmas! Obviously, the children of the choir could not come on this day and the following days started school holidays, when many of them were leaving the town. It was raised the issue of cancellation of the show, but Monica claimed it would be really sad after her students prepared themselves really well. The solution found was: songs celebrating Hanukkah to take place before Hanukkah!

ChristnukkahAccordingly, in the afternoon of December the 23rd, before entering the Sabbath, we enjoyed the beautiful songs sung by the wonderful voices of children. Mrs. Professor Monica Tebuie conducted with children choir singing, masterfully accompanied on piano by Professor Dor Niculescu.

ChristnukkahCommunity members have accompanied this soulful event in their own way: enthusiastically clapping their hands!

Of course, although “in advance”, all present were served with the traditional Hanukkah donuts, freshly and synchronously prepared at the canteen kitchen, and the children, along with our thanks, have received the traditional Hanukkah gifts.

This spirit of brotherhood, so inspiredly synthesized in the new #Christnukkah hashtag is characteristic of our beloved city, where we are preparing to mark in the new year of 2017 three hundred years of Jewish life.

Keshet IX

November 20, 2016

keshet_ix_2016_11_20_1Sunday, 2016 the 20th of November, was held the event of “Keshet”, with the number IX.
Entered into the traditions of Jewish communities in Romania, this event aims to strengthen the cohesion between community members, through assuming unity in diversity.


keshet_ix_2016_11_20_2Each of this meeting has a theme, on which are held different exposures and discussions, often accompanied by projections of images and/or short films and music videos with the traditional Jewish music and world culture.
Like the other meetings, Keshet number IX was held in the beautiful hall of our ritual restaurant, equipped with multimedia installation.

In the presence of 55 people, the program entitled “From Moshe to Moshe”, composed and carefully prepared was particularly successful.



The costs arising from the coffee break and the lunch break were supported by JDC.


Book release at the Neologue Synagogue of Arad: “A HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN HOLOCAUST. CASE OF ROMANIA”

October 13, 2016

Article posted in “Europeanul of Arad”:

A History of the European HolocaustThursday, 2016, October the 13th, 17.00 at the Neologue Synagogue of Arad, in the presence of a large audience (about 300 people), was released the volume: A HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN HOLOCAUST. CASE OF ROMANIA. The volume was made by two of the researchers of the Center for Jewish Studies “Academician Nicolae Cajal” of the Western University “Vasile Goldis” from Arad, Stelean-Ioan Boia, Lecturer of History of the Holocaust in Europe, optional discipline at specialization History and Marius-Ioan Grec, Director of the Center for Jewish studies. The writing was published in a Project – submitted for funding by Marius Grec – financed by the Municipal Cultural Centre of Arad and co-financed by the Western University “Vasile Goldis”.

The events began in the morning from 10.00 at the Old Neologue Cemetery, where in the presence of members of the Jewish Community, religious representatives of Arad, lead by Reverend Timothy, the Archbishop of Arad, local authorities, a group of students and Mrs. Andreea Mocanu – representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), an inter-governmental alliance coordinated by Romania this year, began the events commemorating the Holocaust Day in Romania.

A History of the European HolocaustWestern University “Vasile Goldis” was represented by the Director of the Center for Jewish Studies “Academician Nicolae Cajal”, Prof. Dr. Marius-Ioan Grec who – in the idea that the Holocaust should be addressed only by historians – was invited to address the participants to introduce in a few words the volume made by the Centre. Professor Marius Grec recalled the concert that will follow the launch, supported by organist Martin Meier from Jena. Also, given that the two points of the program were to be held in the Neologue Synagogue, place of worship built at the initiative and under the direction of Rabbi Aron Chorin more than 180 years ago, it was announced the next widespread manifestation organized under the aegis of The Center for Jewish Studies in collaboration with the Jewish Community from Arad: Launch of the biographical volume “Aaron Chorin” by Leopold Löw, a bilingual edition, English-Romanian.

Launch of the book dedicated to the European Holocaust is a first in the Romanian editorial space, being a university course, having certain scientific values, addressed to history teachers, students, high school pupils and to all those who want to know the story of this tragic phenomenon in human history, the HOLOCAUST.

Given that this year Romania holds the presidency of IHRA, the message of the Alliance’s President, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, was submitted to the audience by Andreea Mocanu, leading member of the Alliance. At the Neologue Synagogue, where events were opened by Eng. Ionel Schlesinger – President of the Jewish Community, it was noted the participation of UVVG’s President, Prof. Dr. Aurel Ardelean, Reverend Timothy Seviciu Archbishop of Arad, various religious representatives of Arad and local institutions, teachers, students, pupils, members of the Jewish Community from Arad, Timisoara, Lugoj and a large audience.

Prof. Dr. Marius-Ioan Grec, said: “We’ve assisted to a special event that recalls a tragic moment of human history, the HOLOCAUST. The event was attended by Mrs. Andreea Mocanu – representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who wore the word of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s President, an international association that is made up of 31 states. This year, the president of the Alliance is from Romania, namely Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu. Since March of this year to March of next year, the Alliance coordinated by Romania has organized and will organize a series of events throughout Europe. The volume published under the aegis of the Western University “Vasile Goldis” of Arad, is bilingual in English and Romanian. It will certainly have a very good reception both nationally and internationally”.

Prof. Dr. Aurel Ardelean, President of Western University “Vasile Goldis” of Arad, said: “The book “A HISTORY OF EUROPEAN HOLOCAUST. CASE OF ROMANIA” is well documented and demonstrate that the Holocaust existed in Romania in various forms. Our colleagues launched the volume in the presence of a large audience interested in this issue. Western University “Vasile Goldis” was well represented in this action and the Center for Jewish Studies, which has developed several studies on Jews, works very well with the Jewish Community of Arad, which entitles us to say that these results can be evidenced in other appearances that we want to publish on this subject”.


Talk show at TV Arad

October 5, 2016


Article about the restoration of the Jewish Cemetery in Arad on the Jewish Heritage Europe web page

September 18, 2016

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