Series of events to examine Jewish and Muslim history in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Sarajevo450 Project, a group that seeks to build new relationships among Muslims and Jews, is organizing a series of events from Aug. 18-22 centered on the two religions’ history in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The organization will host an evening of Bosnian storytelling, poetry and music on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 8 to 9 p.m. at Novella Wine Bar, 5510 S. Kingshighway Blvd.

At Shabbat services on Aug. 19 at Central Reform Congregation, author and historian Eli Tauber will share excerpts from his book “When Neighbors Were Real Human Beings,” about Muslims who saved Bosnian Jews during World War II.  At a lunch and learn event the following day, Tauber will tell stories of Muslims and Jews’ shared cultural life centuries ago in the Balkans. That event takes place at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at First Unitarian Church, across the street from CRC. 

Tauber leads a workshop on “The History You Never Learned” about Muslim and Jewish roots in the Balkans, at 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at Webster University’s Library Conference Room, 101 Edgar Rd.  St. Louisan Elsie Roth, who organized 50 tons of medical aid and supplies to Sarajevo during the Bosnian War, will also share her story.

Tauber presents a brown bag lunch talk on “The Holocaust in Bosnia” at noon Aug. 22 at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. The event, which is cosponsored by the museum and the Jewish Community Relations Council, will focus on the Nazi Occupation in Sarajevo and include stories about Muslims who saved Jews.

Other events include Bosnian Sephardic cooking classes at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at CRC and 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Bais Abraham Congregation, 6910 Delmar Blvd. For the CRC class, RSVPs are required to Jen Fishering at [email protected] or 314-361-1564, ext. 101. For the Bais Abraham class, RSVPs are required to [email protected].

For more information, visit or email Sarajevo450 founder Rebecca Nathanson at [email protected].