Jevrejska općina Doboj

  • Jewish municipality of Doboj
  • Jewish community Doboj

History

Jews who settled in this region formed the Jewish Municipality in Doboj back in 1871 and has been interacting and working until today. During World War II, during the Nazi occupation, almost the entire Jewish population of Doboj deported to concentration camps from which they never returned.

Through the historical development of Doboj Jews have left an indelible mark on the life and work. They made an immeasurable contribution to the development of economy, culture, health, trade and craft activities. First doctor from Doboj was a Jew Simon Levi, doctor Rihard Skuteski founded the first choral society in Doboj in 1927, and his wife was the first nurse from Doboj. The first veterinarian mentioned in Doboj’s history was Leopold Kalc in 1920, while the brothers Pesah first Doboj traders who opened a department store. Jews were the owners of the first Doboj’s bank and printing press, which was led by Moric Trinki and the first lawyer in the city was Emil Rubinstein. Nowdays, the Jewish community in Doboj is small in numbers of membership in relation to other religions, and besides Doboj, part of the citizens of Jewish origin living in Teslic, Samac and Derventa. However, Jewish community is active and works to preserve the identity, religion, culture and traditions of his people, and developing good neighborly relations with other nations. Except preserving Jewish values, Jewish community in Doboj is aimed at the promotion and maintenance of peace, cultural and economic cooperation among all nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the Jewish contribution to improvement of living standards in BiH. The Jewish Municipality in Doboj aims at cherishing Jewish tradition and culture, but also the preservation of monuments of Jewish culture and traces of life of Jews who are no longer in Doboj, but also in the areas of nearby towns in the Republic of Srpska and BiH. We feel an obligation to inform and to act in accordance with our abilities also in the municipality of Bijeljina, Brcko, Bosanski Brod, Vlasenica and Zvornik and other surrounding areas, in cooperation with the Federation of Jewish Communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Conditions of Access

Researchers should establish contact with members of the Jewish community/municipality before coming to start any research. Due to small number of members services could be available only per demand. The municipality is not directly funded by the state and is not part of the archival network.