A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Chicago Serbian Film Festival

December 5, 6, 7 2014


Chicago Serbian FilmFest is an annual celebration of the best in contemporary Serbian cinema. Over the course of three nights, we present carefully selected Serbian movies, which have won over festival audiences around the world. In attendance are guest actors and filmmakers who, after the screenings, engage in Q&A sessions with the audience. Join us this year, so our festival can continue to grow and attract a loyal following.

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Listen and Ask Questions of Serbian Archeologist

at St. Nikola Church, Brookfield, Illinois

Misko Kaludjerovic, a Serbian archeologist, explored many excavations throughout the Serbian territory which proved to be one of the richest finds in Europe. It is an area of our ancestry where many empires, emperors, rulers, and battles, have taken place. Misko will begin a speaking series, introducing the archeological finds in the places of origin of our parishioners and Sunday School children. Please join us for this most insightful archeological journey with a question and answer session for you to gain additional information about your rich Serbian ancestry.

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All-Night Vigil in the Church of Christ the Savior in Arcadia

Eve of the Feast Day of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos
December 3, 2014, 9 p.m. Please join us!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the Church of Christ the Savior in Arcadia, on December 3, 2014, the Eve of the Feast Day of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos, there will be served an All-Night Vigil (Feast Day Vigil and Divine Liturgy) which will begin at 9 p.m.

His Grace, Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, His Grace, Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese, Abbot of the Tvrdos Monastery Hieromonk Sava, and the clergy of the Los Angeles Deanery will be present at this prayerful gathering.

By this act our Diocese is renewing an old practice of serving an All-Night Vigil on the eve of a Feast Day with participation of all clergy, monastics, and the faithful from all neighboring parishes.

Our traditional chanting will contribute to the magnificence and grandeur of a night vigil.

We invite you all to attend this All-Night Vigil and, in that way, to symbolically participate in the Vigil of Sacred Serbian Royal Lavra of Hilandar where the monastics on this Feast Day will also have their Slava celebration.

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Српкиња двоструки амерички академик

Гордана Вуњак-Новаковић 2012. изабрана у Националну инжењерску академију, а недавно у Медицински институт – оба под окриљем Националне академије наука.

Најбоља српска научница свих времена Гордана Вуњак-Новаковић недавно је – сликовито говорећи – постала двоструки амерички академик.Пре две године изабрана је у Националну инжењерску академију, а минулих дана у Медицински институт. Два поменута огранка и Национални истраживачки савет чине најугледније у свету учено друштво – Националну академију наука САД. Други пут потврђено јој је почасно место у друштву више од 300 нобеловаца, колико их је у њеном саставу.


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„Герилски“ филм Орсона Велса ускоро пред публиком!

Последњи, незавршени филм Орсона Велса "The Other Side of Wind", међу љубитељима филмске уметности познат као најчувенији никад објављени филм, могао би ускоро да буде приказан.

Продукцијска кућа из Лос Анђелеса „Royal Road Entertainment", постигла je договор о куповини права за тај филм, а продуценти планирају да га прикажу у време обележавања стогодишњице од рођења великог режисера 6. маја.

Због компликоване судске борбе међу носиоцима права на то дело, међу којима је и Велсова ћерка Битрис Велс, 1.083 ролни филмских трака било је блокирано у једном складишту у предграђу Париза.

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Освећени темељи цркве у Светском трговачком центру у Њујорку

Мала и скромна црква Светог Николе била је једино светилиште које су разорили терористи 11. септембра 2001. Нова грчка православна црква Светог Николе, коју је пројектовао реномирани архитекта Сантијаго Калатрава треба да почне са изградњом ове године, а биће завршена у року од 24 месеца.

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Неконвенционалан пут Београдске филхармоније

Турнеја је само средство за остваривање амбициозног циља који се односи на сакупљање новца од дијаспоре у САД, како би се изградила нова концертна сала филхармоније, наводи „Њујорк тајмс”.

„Док многи амерички оркестри бију битку са тешкоћама за опстанак, могли би да размисле о случају Београдске филхармоније, која је морала да превазиђе много веће изазове, од бруталних балканских ратова вођених деведесетих, али и политичких, социјалних и економских потреса који су их пратили”, пише Мајкл Купер, новинар „Њујорк тајмса”, започињући текст о америчкој турнеји Београдске филхармоније, која је завршена синоћ наступом у Карнеги холу у Њујорку.


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The Belgrade Philharmonic Triumphs in Carnegie Hall

The audience rewarded the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra with several minutes of standing ovations for the final concert of its American tour, held in preeminent Carnegie Hall in New York. This historic concert marks the beginning of the new era of the orchestra’s international success.

In a concert hall that represents the artistic dream of any musician, the Belgrade Philharmonic was breathlessly listened to by more than 1500 people. Taking a firm step, the orchestra opened the grand finale of its first American tour with Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March. The voice of Željko Lučić, who joined the Belgrade Philharmonic by courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera, raised a storm of delight in the audience. The unity and closeness felt in his appearance with the Belgrade Philharmonic brought them back on the stage for encore, in which they performed the aria Eri tu from Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.


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The American Capital Enchanted by the Belgrade Philharmonic

The concert at the Strathmore Music Center in Washington D.C was the third performance on the U.S. tour and, once again, the audience was completely enchanted. They first stood up for the American and Serbian national anthems at the beginning of the concert, but as the orchestra’s last tones reverberated in the hall they were on their feet again, calling for encore.

The Belgrade Philharmonic’s orchestra not only connected the Serbian and American audiences, but it also gathered members of the U.S. diplomatic corps. Beside the US Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby, the concert was also attended by his predecessor Mary Warlick.


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American and Serbian Anthems Open the Concert in Cleveland

The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ohio National Guard’s Army Band together performed the American and Serbian national anthems at the beginning of the concert at Cleveland’s Severance Hall. As a symbol of American-Serbian friendship, the musicians joined forces and played the two anthems in ceremonious fashion.

The Belgrade-based orchestra brought two programmes on the U.S tour and Cleveland got Khachaturian’s Masquerade and The Legend of Ohrid written by Stevan Hristić, a founder and the first Chief Conductor of the orchestra. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 is common to both programmes. The special performance, which the audience rewarded with ecstatic applause, was augmented by the acoustics of this dazzling concert hall, for which it is well-known around the world.

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People Directory

Sava Vemić

Sava Vemić (born 1987), bass, comes from Belgrade, Serbia. He is a member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in the season 2014/2015.

He studied singing in the Music School Mokranjac with prof. Tanja Obrenović and later at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade with prof. Nikola Mijailović. In Mozart’s Magic flute he made his debut as Sarastro at the opera stage of Madlenianum Opera & Theatre in Belgrade. He received scholarships from the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in 2013 when he sang Bartolo in an IVAI production of Le nozze di Figaro and in July 2014 when he sang Osmin in their production of Die Entführung aus dem Serial in Tel Aviv, Israel. In June 2014 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as Sir Walter Raleigh in Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux with The Opera Orchestra of New York led by Mo. Queler. In 2012 he performed at the Esterhazy festival in Haydnsaal, Austria.

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An American Apostle, Sebastian Dabovic

Missionary and Visionary

Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovic on DVD

This DVD is an historical video presentation on the life and work of Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovic, a man referred to by St. Nicholai (Velimirovic) of Zhicha, Serbia, as "the greatest Serbian Missionar of modern times."

We encourage every Orthodox Christian family to purchase a copy of this DVD to share with their children, family, and friends so we remember the first american-born Serbian Orthodox Apostle to America, Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovic.