The cold weather didn’t stop the enthusiasm and optimism which could be felt in the air during the official ceremony marking the beginning of the project Memorial Park for the Jewish people from Monastir – Bitola. The hope is this project will create a future place of pride in Bitola, a true attraction and magnet for tourists, but also a display of the respect this city has towards its past citizens from Israel. opening ceremony1The ceremony was declared open by the project’s coordinator – Maria Geras Dochovska from ARHAM, and was followed by speeches from Macedonia’s Minister of Culture – Elizabeta Kancheska-Mileska, Minister Jerry Naumoff, H.E. Ambassador Dan Oryan, Bitola’s Mayor Dr. Vladimir Taleski, the President of Macedonia’s Jewish Community Berta Romano-Nikolikj and Shelly Levy Drummer from the Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv. Many other public figures were present at the event, as well as the young ambassadors from Israel’s youth organization Bnei Akiva. The next step was the most important moment which officially marked the project’s commencement, the planting of 5 magnolia trees and 50 others along the Cemetery’s eastern wall. opening ceremony3

„This is a special day for me and for our people. What we started few months ago, continues now, the creation of a coalition between two nations“, said Ambassador Oryan.

The project itself envisages cleaning, restoring and preserving the Jewish Cemetery and creating a modern park which would include advanced technology and with it become a place for visitors, a destination for rest and relaxation for Bitola’s citizens, as well as a representation of urban development through sustainable solutions brought from one of the most advanced countries in the world – Israel.

 

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