Sofia Central Synagogue was the scene of celebrations as the landmark building in Bulgaria’s capital city marked its 110th anniversary.
“For more than 110 years, this building has been our home – a place where we converse, build relationships, teach lessons and promote values, a place where successes and adversities are shared with loved ones,” Sofia Cohen, president of the Central Israelite Religious Council of Bulgaria, told at the event.
Associate Professor Alexander Oscar, president of the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom”, noted that the following day, the first Jewish school founded in Bulgaria in many decades, would be officially opened.
Oscar quoted Elie Wiesel’s reply to the question about the best way to fix the world. “The answer is education – and memory,” Wiesel had said, and Oscar said that while the Synagogue represented memory, the new school represented the future.
Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandukova told the celebration: “Let us always remember that history will judge us by deeds, not intentions”.
Fandukova said that the Synagogue was among the houses of worship that constituted the “quadrangle of tolerance” in Sofia.