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Slovenian community in Israel

Slovenians in Israel live in broader Tel Aviv area, and also in Nahariya, Jerusalem, Beer Sheva and Ashkelon. There are no organised associations or clubs of Slovenians in Israel.

 

Slovenian monuments in Israel

Slovenian forest near Kibbutz Yifat

In 2006 the Slovenian forest near Kibbutz Yifat was inaugurated under the patronage of Adi Rosenfeld, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia to the State of Israel for Haifa and the North. Area of the forest is 7 hectors and it comprises a park, car parking area, an amphitheatre with a stage where many performances are held throughout the year including end of year school performances, holiday events of all religious communities in Israel as well as private social parties.
The Slovenian forest also provides a meeting place for popular sports athletes like bicycle riders and horse back riders. The Slovenian Forest authorities contributed a "kozolec" or hay-rack, the distinguish symbol of the Slovenian rural areas architecture.

Slovenian bronze relief at the Universitv of Tel Aviv 

A bronze relief of the poem Zdravljica (a Toast) of the Slovenian National poet dr. France Prešeren marking 200 years since his birth, and the tenth anniversary of the independence of Slovenia, is located in the Max Webb Family School of Languages Building.  Since September 1989 7th stanza of Zdravljica has been the national anthem of Slovenia.

Slovenian sculpture in Jerusalem

Statue “SLO - Venetian horse - Cavalla della pace”, created in Bronze by Slovenian Sculptor Oskar Kogoj. Gift of the Republic of Slovenia, The “Mariani” Foundry Pietrasanta Italy, Oskar Kogoj Family Slovenia and The Jerusalem Foundation in celebration of the 3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem. 1997. Moshe Bar’am Square, Jerusalem.

Slovenian mosaic in Nazareth

Slovenian mosaic dedicated to St. Mary by artist Stane Kregar is presented on a mosaic wall at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the largest Christian sanctuary in the Middle East.

Slovenian memorial plaque in Ein Kerem

At the courtyard of the Church of St. John the Baptist in Ein Kerem there is a plate with religious text donated by Slovenian pilgrims and Franciscans in 1991.

Monument to the Slovenian partisan Lili Neuman in the Kibbutz Gat

In the Kibbutz Gat, there is a monument to the Slovenian partisan Lili Neuman (1922-1944), who was killed during the Second World War. Lili Neuman was a member of Hashomer Hatzair (socialist-zionist movement of Jewish youth founded in 1913) and through it also a member of the Kibbutz Gat. Her mother Mica moved to the kibbutz and lived there after the Second World War. The monument is located it in a forest in the centre of the kibbutz, which is also called Lilit's forest (Lili was named Lilit in Hebrew). The children of the primary school of the kibbutz lay flowers in front of the monument during the celebration of Israeli Independence Day every year.

The tomb of Marko Rosner at the Joshua Field Cemetery in Haifa

Marko Rosner (1888, Iacobeni – 1969, Haifa) was a central personality of the Jewish community of Maribor before World War II, which numbered around 100 people. His companies employed around 1,000 workers in 1939. Marko Rosner had a strong sense for social welfare and he provided for many social services for his employees. He made several major donations and was involved in humanitarian activities. For his 50th birthday, he established a fund for his employees and contributed 100.000 dinars himself. Also, he contributed 100.000 dinars to at that time newly established academy of science and arts in Ljubljana. He also helped many Jews who were fleeing and crossed the border illegally.
Just before the German attack on Yugoslavia in 1941, Marko Rosner fled with his family and travelled to Palestine through Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. In August 1945, Marko Rosner was sentenced by the Communist authorities in a military court to 15-year imprisonment, including the deprivation of civil rights and the confiscation of property. In 1954, at the age of 66, he tried for the last time to restore the process, without demanding the return of property, but only in the repeated trial to clear his reputation. The Yugoslav authorities did not allow the rehabilitation until the end of his life and therefore he never saw Maribor again. He died in Haifa in 1969.

 

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center

The Valley of the Communities in Yad Vashem

In Yad Vashem in the Valley of the Communities there is a massive 1 hectare monument literally dug out of natural bedrock. Over 5 000 names of communities are engraved on the stone walls in the Valley of the Communities. Each name recalls a Jewish community which existed for hundreds of years. Following Slovenian cities are enlisted: Maribor, Murska Sobota, Dolnja Lendava and Ljubljana. 

Tree of Righteous among the Nations

A tree planted in Yad Vashem in honour of Slovenian Zora Piculin, the Righteous among Nations.

The Honour Wall in the Garden of the Righteous

The names of the Slovenian Righteous among Nations: Uroš Žun, Ivan Breskvar, Ivan & Ljubica Zupančič and Andrej Tumpej are written at the Honour Wall in the Garden of the Righteous .