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bcjw activities report 2011

Maya Konfino reports that she was re-elected as the President of the Bulgarian Council of Jewish Women together with 4 new members of the executive. The organization has had to re-register with the Bulgarian National Register of Organizations, because of changes to the regulations, and new plans were drawn up for the year ahead. 
Members of the Council are very active volunteers in the many activities organized by Shalom – the central organization of Bulgarian Jews. They help to prepare holiday celebrations, meetings, anniversaries, cultural and charitable events, and to help with building the Jewish community. At the same time, they visit nursing homes and elderly and housebound members of the community, especially during the holidays, to involve them in Jewish activities.

The annual seminar on “Bulgarian Jewish Woman in Contemporary Society” took place over 3 days in June 2011 in Borovetz, a popular mountain resort near Sofia. The participants from BCJW and the women's dancing group “Kedar Manceva” enjoyed lectures and discussions concerning different aspects of traditional and contemporary Jewish life and the opportunities for Jewish women. The Seminar was arranged with help from Shalom and the American Joint Distribution Committee. 

BCJW also organized a celebratory event to mark the end of the school year together with the women's dancing club “Kedar Manceva”. 
Focusing on women's health issues, members of the BCJW were invited for medical examinations by doctors from the National Health Academy to  measure the bone density of their lumbar vertebrae through osteometric analysis. The results showed that 45% of the members have osteoporosis.