The Chamber Choir of the Jewish Community is named after the talented conductor and composer, Mois Hason. Hason took an active part in preserving and nourishing Sephardic music, and conducted a few choirs in Skopje. He was a favorite among the audience in Skopje. He suffered the same fate as the majority of the Jews in Macedonia: in March, 1943, he was deported to Treblinka. The choir began functioning in February 2004. It is made up of amateur and professional singers as well as community members, and Tomislav Sopov has been the art director and conductor since the very beginning.The first official performance of the choir took place on January 1, 2005, in the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Since then, it has performed on numerous occasions in Skopje – including for the Skopje Summer Festival, – Bitola, Kumanovo, and Tetovo, and has also participated in various festivals abroad. In 2005, the choir recorded a DVD that holds many Sephardic romantic and other Jewish songs in the Studio of the National TV Station.
The European Day of Jewish Culture
The European day of Jewish Culture is an event celebrated in 28 European countries during the first week in September. This event was first organised by the Jewish community in France in 1996, and in 2000 it became the European Day of Jewish Culture across the continent. In 2010, the Jewish Community in the Republic of Macedonia celebrated this day for the fifth time.The aim of the day is to present the cultural and historical heritage of the Jews in Europe to the wider public. On this day, Jewish communities open the gates of their synagogues, museums, cemeteries and Jewish neighbourhoods, and they organise exhibitions, concerts, lectures and debates. This leads to a better understanding of different cultures in a given society, as well as the strengthening of communication and cooperation. Every year a different topic is selected – in 2010 it was Art and Judaism. Throughout the years, the topics have ranged from Jewish music to education to cuisine.