The Israeli ambassador to Macedonia and the mayor of the town of Bitola have unveiled a commemorative plaque on columns that are all that remain of one of pre-WW2 Bitola’s many synagogues, study houses and Jewish prayer rooms.
According to the Macedonian news agency MIA, the columns are preserved and located in Bitola’s City Park. It reported that Ambassador Dan Oryan and Mayor Vladimir Taleski planted a tree near the columns.
Bitola, long known as Monastir, had a long history as a major Sephardic Jewish community.
Its Jewish cemetery, founded in the late 15th century, is one of the largest and oldest in the Balkans.