A map of the Balkan region countries A group of Bosnian women dressed for a fund-raising walk, wearing matching white t-shirts, pose in front of large arrangements of pink balloons for a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® event.

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia

Following the ethnic warfare that gripped the Balkans region at the end of the last century, Yugoslavia dissolved and made way for the emergence of six internationally recognized, sovereign republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Serbia.

Today this diverse ethno-linguistic region includes small Jewish communities sprinkled in each of its states. These Jews remain after a sordid history marked by great loss of life during the Holocaust and sizeable immigration to Israel and elsewhere in recent decades. As a result, providing for needy elderly and ensuring Jewish continuity is a struggle for communities in most of these countries.

Today in the Balkans, in collaboration with the local Jewish communities, JDC:

Did You Know?

Jewish young adults from the Balkan region take their favorite Purim, Chanukah, and other holiday performances on the road through JDC’s “Balkan Caravans,” which bring Jewish song, dance, and tradition to communities from Serbia to Turkey.