Alexander Oscar re-elected as president of the Bulgarian Jewish community

Alexander Oscar has been elected to a second four-year term as president of the Organisation of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom”, the country’s EJC affiliate.

Addressing the election conference, Dr Oscar thanked the delegates, elected from among Shalom’s members from all over Bulgaria, for their trust and reiterated how important it is to act together and now, for the good of the community.

He cited a favourite quotation from the ethical teaching Pirkei Avot,: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?”

Dr Oscar, whose term since his first election in 2016 to head the organization has seen a determined fight against antisemitism and all forms of intolerance, promised to continue to work in the interest of the Bulgarian Jewish community and Bulgarian society as a whole.

In recent months, Shalom has pivoted to step up its active community work in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. “I believe that together we can overcome any challenge, uniting our efforts for the good of the Bulgarian Jewish community and society as a whole!” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Oscar’s re-election came at the end of the week in which he was named by the Bulgarian Medical Association as Doctor of the Year 2020.

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