Serbia: Why Jews and Non-Jews Should Learn About Judaism and the Holocaust Together

Monday, February 3, 2020
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a talk with Sonja Viličić, a founders and Executive Director of the NGO Haver Srbija.

This event will be live streamed on our Facebook page via Facebook Live. Follow us and enable Facebook Live notifications to watch the event.

Sonja Viličić will discuss the work of Haver Srbija and its impact both on the Jewish community and general society. She will present on the Serbian contemporary Jewish community and why creating spaces for diverse communities to learn “Jewish stuff” together is important for the continuation of community and for overcoming prejudice, discrimination, and anti-Semitism in Serbia's society.  

Sonja Viličić was born in Serbia. She worked for the American Joint Distribution Committee in Hungary in various positions as an informal Jewish educator, her favorite of which was program director of the Szarvas international youth camp. Sonja co-directed the Matara youth leadership training program of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe at Limmud UK. She is a graduate of the Melton Senior Educators Program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as the Adaptive Leadership Lab led by the Jewish Agency, and is a Schusterman Fellow. 

Sonja currently lives in Belgrade, Serbia where she is one of the founders and Executive Director of NGO Haver Srbija, whose aim is to confront prejudice and discrimination and nurture active citizenship by creating educational spaces for general society and members of the Jewish community. Participants explore Jewish culture, history, and tradition and learn about the challenges faced by minorities in Serbia. Sonja also coordinates Ledor Vador, an educational program of the Federation of Jewish communities of Serbia, and is a facilitator for the MASA Leadership Center.