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ANTI-SEMITISM SHOULD CONCERN US ALL by LEON SALTIEL Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 July 2022 11:29

Politico, June 20, 2022

As Sweden prepares to host this week’s meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), I find myself grappling daily with how anti-Semitism still thrives, some eight decades after the end of World War II.  

I routinely think about this ongoing enigma as part of my work but also in a more personal context, as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors.  

What may not be immediately obvious is that contemporary anti-Semitism should be a grave concern not only to Jews, whom it most immediately and directly impacts, but to those outside the Jewish community as well.  

While it denotes hatred of the Jewish people, anti-Semitism actually threatens all societies and is an indicator of wider problems. As the world’s “oldest hatred,” it exposes the failings in each society, and though Jews are often the first group to be scapegoated, unfortunately, they are not the last. History has shown us, time and again, that hateful discourse initially targeting Jews soon broadens to other members of society.

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A JEWISH RENAISSANCE IN GREECE: ABANDONED SYNAGOGUES GET NEW LIFE Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 12:32
 By ELIAS V. MESSINAS

Something is changing in Greece. The Jewish heritage sites once abandoned or demolished or serving other uses, are now slated for reconstruction and reuse as synagogues, nearly 80 years after the Holocaust.

Jewish communities – the Greek-speaking Romaniotes – were established in Greece in antiquity, in cities such as Ioannina and Halkis. Sephardic communities were established after 1492, in important Jewish centers such as Salonika (Thessaloniki), and throughout Greece – from Corfu to Rhodes and from Didimoticho to Crete.

In the Holocaust, 87% of the Jewish community in Greece perished. The destruction took a heavy toll in Jewish heritage as well. Synagogues, libraries, community buildings, Jewish schools, and Jewish clubs were either demolished or taken over by other organizations. Important synagogues in Salonika were demolished, while in November 1943, the ancient Jewish cemetery of the city, with valuable marble tombstones, was turned into construction material. Some tombstones can still be found today in private courtyards.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN TEL AVIV Print E-mail
Friday, 08 April 2022 10:35

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its repugnance, its grief and concern for yesterday’s terror attack with at least two dead and more than 10 wounded, in a crowded street in the center of Tel Aviv. It was the fourth terror attack in the last two weeks.

The Greek Jewry, in deep sorrow, joins the mourning for the dead, wishes speedy recovery to the wounded and stands by the Israeli society during the escalation of the deadly attacks of the Islamic extremism.

We support the struggle of the State of Israel against terrorism that threatens the well-being of its people. Our voice joins the appeals to fight hatred and fanaticism, stressing once more that the hecatombs of the victims of terrorism undermine efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Athens, April 8, 2022

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
KIS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES TO THE AMBASSADOR OF ISRAEL IN GREECE FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN ELAD Print E-mail
Friday, 06 May 2022 11:56

Following the deadly terror attack that took place in the city of Elad in central Israel, on 5.5.2022, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following message of condolences to the Ambassador of Israel to Greece, Mr. Yossi Amrani.

“We are shocked and devastated by the news about the recent terror attack in Elad which caused the death of three Israeli citizens, during Israel’s Independence Day.

In deep sorrow the Greek Jewry joins the mourning for the loss of innocent lives. We also express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims. 

Once again, we support the struggle of the State of Israel against terrorism that threatens the well-being of its people and we join our voice with the appeals to fight hatred and fanaticism, stressing that the hecatombs of the victims of terrorism undermine efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East”.

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LUMINOUS POSTER AT OTE, PREVEZA, FOR THE JEWISH POPULATION AND SYNAGOGUE OF THE CITY Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2022 08:30

A big luminous poster at the OTE shop in Preveza informs passersby that, where currently stands the Greek Telecommunications Group building, once stood the city’s Synagogue.  The poster – placed next to the marble plaque with the history of the building, once enwalled in the Synagogue of Preveza – provides also information about life before the war of the city’s Jewish population and the Holocaust.

The initiative began after the proposal of the Cultural Association “Preveza” to the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), in 2020, suggesting a more contemporary signage of the historic building.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece accepted the proposal and contacted the OTE Group administration for approval and contribution to the implementation of the project. With a high sense of social responsibility and respect for History, OTE Group and OTE Estate swiftly responded, approving the project and assigning it to the appropriate technical services.

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