Forest helps Jewish to always remember

Iana Vladimirova

Following an ancient Jewish tradition, a forest has been planted between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

There are 50,000 trees in it, one for each of the Jews who were saved.

The forest is named after Bulgaria, and among the trees stand several modest memorials. They are dedicated to Dimitar Peshev and to the bishops.

Each year on March 10, Bulgarian Jews in Israel and at a Sephardic synagogue in Los Angeles mark the rescue, as do several major Jewish organizations including: The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and the American Jewish Congress.

Jews in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, dedicated a smaller plaque near the Parliament building. In Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv, a Menorah-shaped monument in the center of the city has been erected.

On March 10, 2001, Orthodox priests and rabbis had a common service in the Bachkovski Monastery.

They celebrated the 10th commemoration of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews.