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KIS MESSAGE FOR YOM HAZIKARON & YOM HAATSMAOUT

From grief to joy, from memory to life, from loss to creation. This is the meaning of the sequence of Yom Hazikaron –the memorial day for the soldiers fallen in defense of Israel and the victims of terror- being superseded by Yom Haatsmaout, Israel’s Independence Day. Both anniversaries include in their very core the history of the creation of the modern State of Israel.

Today, the victims, those who heroically fell in the battlefield fighting for the independence of the Jewish home on the land of Israel, as well as for the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel, are commemorated. More than 50% of the soldiers who fought in the war of Independence of 1948 were Holocaust survivors, who had settled in the British Mandate Palestine in the aftermath of WWII seeking hope.

Tomorrow we celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday. Israel, one of the youngest states in the world, has remarkably succeeded in incorporating ancient history, tradition, multicultural origins, pioneering thinking, technology, innovation and progress. A country that in its brief modern history offered its unreserved support on any occasion of natural disaster in any part of the world. The birth and the evolution of Israel have been rightfully described as “miracles”.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jewry as a whole wish to the people and the State of Israel peace and prosperity and hope that its citizens will continue achieving modern-day miracles for the benefit of all humanity.

Athens, April  13, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
GREECE TAKES OVER IHRA PRESIDENCY FROM GERMANY
Today, 1 April, the IHRA Presidency will be handed over from Germany to Greece. This means that the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Michaela Küchler, will take on a supportive role as a member of the Troika, which comprises last year’s, this year’s and next year’s IHRA Chairs. (Watch HERE the remarks of Ambassador Kuchler regarding the German Presidency of IHRA)

Normally, handovers are marked by ceremonies hosted at an embassy in the incoming Presidency’s country. However, this year, in keeping with the digital spirit of the past year and in lieu of an in-person ceremony, the outgoing and incoming Chairs prepared Handover Videos. These provide great insight into the promising plans for the future and the fruitful efforts of the past.

Ambassador Michaela Küchler outlined the challenges and successes of this unprecedented year. “Being able to work together across time zones, from Winnipeg to Berlin to Melbourne, required more than just a working microphone and a stable internet connection,” she said. “It required all of us to want to get something done. And we did.” 

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MESSAGE OF KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL FOR THE HANDOVER OF THE IHRA PRESIDENCY TO GREECE

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece is very pleased to welcome the handover of the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to Greece.

Our country, member of IHRA since 2005, has a long term active role in initiatives for the preservation of the historic memory of the Shoah. The choice of the central theme “Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: Education for a world with no more genocide” for Greece’s Presidency, demonstrates the importance attributed by Greece to Education and we are certain that the year inaugurated today will be filled with programs of core importance aiming at combating racism and anti-Semitism and establishing the respect of human rights in the conscience of the generations that will create the world of the future.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece always was and will continue to be a succor in IHRA’s important task, developing and reinforcing the constructive collaboration with its Head and the Greek Delegation of IHRA.

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WJC PRESIDENT RONALD S. LAUDER WISHES GREEK PRIME MINISTER ON THE BICENTENNARY OF GREECE’S INDEPENDENCE Print E-mail
Friday, 26 March 2021 09:46
WJC President, Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, addressed the following letter to the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Greece’s independence:

New York, March 24, 2021. The World Jewish Congress, the representative body of Jewish communities in more than 100 countries around the globe, would like to congratulate the people of Greece on the occasion of the 200th Independence Day.

The modern and democratic nation of Greece has been a bastion of freedom and liberty, an inspiration of all us who strive for equality, progress and peace.

Greeks and Jews share many common elements. From our homeland, in nearby corners of the Eastern Mediterranean, to our common search for knowledge, science and artistic creation. Both diasporic nations, Greeks and Jews lived together, cooperated, exchanged and traded for centuries. We have also both fought side by side against those who rose to threaten equal human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence.

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MESSAGE OF KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL FOR THE 200 YEARS SINCE THE GREEK REVOLUTION Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:23
  “Freedom requires virtue and boldness”, it is with these verses of the poet Andreas Calvos that Greeks made headway and built modern Greece, State that unites roots and tradition with Philosophy, Letters and Arts. Greece fought and managed to resist against its enemies protecting the values of National Independence, Freedom and Democracy.  

The Greek Jewry, an integral part of the Greek people, was active in the formation of the modern Greek State.

We struggled together during the Balkan wars and fought to gain our freedom in the First World War. All together we resisted against Fascism and Nazism in the Second World War striving to maintain our common principles and stop barbarism.

We participated by boosting the cultural evolution of our homeland, in poetry, literature, historic research, arts and theatre.

We contributed to the economic and scientific growth of our country, commerce and industrial progress, architecture, education, jurisprudence and medicine.

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EJC PRESIDENT KANTOR CONGRATULATES GREECE ON 200 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 14:23
(Brussels, 24 March 2021) European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor congratulated the Hellenic Republic ahead of the two-hundredth anniversary of its independence on March 25th 2021.

“On this joyous anniversary of 200 years of the fulfilment of freedom and democracy in Greece, we extend our warmest congratulations to the Greek people,” Dr. Kantor said.

“Greece has always been very proud of its ancient and vibrant Jewish community, whose rich tradition is a gift to the Jewish world,” Dr. Kantor added.

“For their part, Jewish Greeks have played an integral role in public life in the country, distinguishing themselves in various societal fields, such as science, culture, and the arts, and contributing to the rich mosaic that is the Greek nation.”

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POLITICAL LEADERSHIP OF ISRAEL CONGRATULATES GREECE FOR THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF ITS WAR OF INDEPENDENCE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 14:58
In letters to their Greek counterparts, the President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Knesset and Foreign Minister of Israel congratulated Greece for the 200th Anniversary of its War of Independence. 

Specifically, in a letter to his Greek counterpart, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, among other things says: “When we celebrate your national day, we are also celebrating the profound contribution of Greece to global values and culture. Today’s world is safer and more stable when it follows the principles of democracy. It is richer and more reasoned when it draws from the well of philosophy.”   

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in a letter to the Greek Premier, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, among other things states that: “Since winning independence the modern Hellenic Republic has successfully established itself as a vital part both of the European and Mediterranean regions, allowing Greece to be a crucial bridge between nations while always cherishing your own unique spirit and rich heritage of which you are justifiably proud.” He adds that: “as representatives of two countries who can trace their roots back to antiquity and who share the values of democracy and freedom, I look forward to continuing to work closely to expand even further the already excellent ties of friendship between our two governments and peoples.” 

The Speaker of the Knesset, Yariv Levin, in a letter to the President of the Hellenic Parliament, Konstantinos Tassoulas, said he has the honor to congratulate the Greek people on the occasion of the 200th anniversary since the Greek war of Independence.  He adds that with great satisfaction “I note the excellent collaborations and special friendship our parliaments enjoy which are based on the common commitment to the values of democracy, pluralism and human rights.” 

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AJC CEO DAVID HARRIS TWEETS ON GREECE’S 200th ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:22
Tweet of David Harris:

Greece marks 200th anniv. of its struggle for
freedom from occupying Ottoman Turks:

I stand with Greece, as I have for decades.

I cherish its priceless gifts to our world.

I recall its heroism in WW2.

I value its US, NATO, EU & Israel ties.

I love its beauty, warmth & spirit.

 
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