Pardes Center for Jewish Educators alumnus Maxim Delchev (’17-’18) is the Educational Director at Shalom, the organization of the Jews in Bulgaria. He was recently featured in an article on eJewishPhilanthropy online by Toby Axelrod. Below are the opening passages of the article with a link to the full article.
Maxim Delchev’s bar mitzvah went like this: “When I was 13, my grandmother brought me to the synagogue on a Friday night and left me in the hall and said she would pick me up after the service. And when she returned she said, ‘Now you are an adult.’”
Today, as educational director of “Shalom,” the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria, Delchev has many other b’not mitzvah behind him – those of “all the kids we are teaching.”
Indeed, the offerings for young Jews in Bulgaria are much richer today than when he was growing up. “As in most of Eastern Europe, Jewish life was cut off because of communism,” says Delchev, who was born in Sofia in May 1986 and has lived there all his life. “I was part of the first generation that grew up in the new, reviving Jewish community.”