Victoria Sarajevo Haggadah Project (Updated)

 Image: Sarajevo Haggadah, courtesy of National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The world’s most celebrated Passover text, the Sarajevo Haggadah will be the focus of two special events being held in Melbourne this March.

Made famous by Australian author, Geraldine Brooks in her award-winning novel, People of the Book, the Sarajevo Haggadah is one of the oldest surviving Passover texts in the world, having originated in Barcelona around 1350. It survived the inquisition and expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, the destruction of books and Jewish treasures in Sarajevo during WWII and the Balkan Wars of the 1990s and has since become a symbol of harmony and co-existence between different peoples.

Dr Elia Tauber, the Cultural Advisor of the Sarajevan Jewish Community and the current director of the Haggadah Association in Sarajevo will be in Melbourne to conduct two very special events about the Sarajevo Haggadah.

When Neighbours Were Real Human Beings sheds lights on a 500-year history of positive Muslim-Jewish relationships in the Balkans and Sarajevo Haggadah Project focuses on the role of the Bosnian community in saving this precious book. Both combine a presentation by Dr Tauber with world music ensemble, Saray Iluminado performing hauntingly beautiful Sephardic* songs from the Balkans, as well as Sevdah songs, the vocal form of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

An exact replica of the Sarajevo Haggadah will be on show at both events.

Timed for Harmony Week in Australia, these unique events are an opportunity to celebrate the courage of those who took great risks to protect this beautiful text and the spirit of respect and co-existence their actions represent.

The When Neighbours Were Real Human Beings and Sarajevo Haggadah Project are supported by Gandel Philanthropy.

There will be two performances, the first at the Abbotsford Convent on Thursday 19th March and the second at the Jewish Museum of Australia on Sunday 22nd March. Tickets are available here.

What: Dr Eli Tauber speaking about the Sarajevo Haggadah with music by Saray Iluminado
Event details: When Neighbours Were Real Human Beings
Thursday 19th March at 7.00pm
The Oratory at Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Tickets $30.00, Concession $25.00, under 25 years $15.00
Bookings here

Event details: Sarajevo Haggadah Project
Sunday 22nd March at 1.00pm
Jewish Museum of Australia
26 Alma Rd, St Kilda
Tickets – $30.00 members, $30.00 non-members
Bookings here


Sarajevo Haggadah Project