Novi Bečej and Vranjevo through History

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Jewish Elementary School in Novi Bečej

Jewish Elementary School in Novi Bečej

In the 1880s, there was a growing need for extended education, and more and more children were leaving Novi Bečej for schooling elsewhere. It is assumed that the education in the elementary schools of Novi Bečej was not up to the standards required for successfully mastering the curricula of high schools and civil schools. As a result, the Jews, following the example of their compatriots from Veliki Bečkerek, established their own elementary school. A school building was erected near the synagogue at the corner of Hajduk Veljka Street and Žarka Zrenjanina Street.

Initially, only Jewish children attended the school. However, over time, it opened its doors to Hungarian and Serbian children, provided their parents were willing to pay a certain amount to cover the expenses.

There is no data on how many grades this school had or who the teachers were. The only information comes from Boško Strika's book, from the biography of Vladimir Boberić, a native of Vranjevo, who later became the Bishop of Boka Kotorska. It is known from this book that he attended the Jewish school in Novi Bečej, and continued his education at a gymnasium in Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad in 1886/7. As Boberić was born in 1873 and entered gymnasium in Sremski Karlovci by 1886/7, it implies that the school in Novi Bečej could have had a maximum of six grades. (It is assumed that children started school at the age of seven.) According to the account of Miša Kiselički, a retired teacher, his father also completed the Jewish school. Kiselički's ancestors were wealthy, so they could afford the tuition fees. Jews were mainly traders and affluent individuals, so tuition fees were not an issue for them. This conclusion is supported by the example of the former Jewish school in Veliki Bečkerek, which operated until the end of the nineteenth century.

The need for further education became increasingly evident, prompting the Novi Bečej municipality to submit a request to the Torontal County in March 1900, urging them to persuade the relevant authorities to open a civil school in Novi Bečej. Although this request was not accepted, by that time, fifth and sixth grades already existed in elementary schools.

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