Jews Get Torah, First Rabbi and Synagogue
The Jewish community in Slovenia celebrated the acceptance of the Torah, the collection of the Five Books of Moses, which in the Jewish tradition are the word of God. Moreover, Ariel Haddad was inaugurated as the first rabbi in Slovenia since WW II. Slovenian Jews – a community of some 300 people – received the Torah (a manuscript written on leather) in January in London, which enabled the consecration of the first synagogue in Slovenia since World War II. A special ceremony took place to mark the consecration. The Slovenian Jewish community lost its Torah 60 years ago, when the synagogue in Lendava, northeastern Slovenia, was burnt down and the Slovenian Jews sent to concentration camps. Ljubljana had been the only European capital without a Jewish place of worship.