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THE GREEK JEWRY CONGRATULATES ARIS FC AND MACCABI HAIFA FC
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates the football clubs of Aris, Thessaloniki, and Maccabi Haifa on the dynamic message against intolerance and antisemitism sent from the “Vikelidis” stadium during the friendly match of December 4, 2022.

The Greek Jewry welcomes the decision of both teams to donate all the proceeds of the match for the erection of the Holocaust Museum of Greece, in Thessaloniki. This is a meaningful action, an initiative in the memory of the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators in the German death camps.

The two teams demonstrated their strong commitment to fostering solidarity and mutual respect in the stadiums, in sports and in society at large. Their example shows the way in the struggle against fanaticism, antisemitism and violence.

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

Athens, December 5, 2022

 
FRIENDLY FOOTBALL GAME between ARIS & MACCABI HAIFA: THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM of GREECE IN THESSALONIKI

On Sunday, December 4th, 2022 the football club of Thessaloniki “ARIS” welcomes to "Kleanthis Vikelidis" Stadium (18.30) the Israeli Champion, Maccabi Haifa F.C., in a charity international friendly football game.

It will not, however, be an... ordinary football game. It is a very good opportunity, ARIS F.C. to remind and keep unquenchable in the thoughts of all of us, issues greater than football that concern everybody.

The game against Maccabi Haifa F.C. has a significant symbolism, perhaps more relevant than ever.

We hope that this Greek-Israeli football game will be able to raise awareness of and educate younger generations about the Holocaust Remembrance and the fight against antisemitism, racism, discrimination, and social exclusions.

All the proceeds from the football game will be donated to support the completion of the new Holocaust Museum of Greece, in Thessaloniki.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s deep sorrow for the fact that once more innocent people become the victims of a blind and ruthless terror attack, this time in Jerusalem.

We share the pain of the family than mourns the loss of a 16-year old young boy and we wish to the dozens of wounded a speedy recovery.

We stand by the Israeli citizens who deal with the threat of terror attacks in their everyday life and we he hope that prudence will prevail, and a solution will be reached that will ultimately put an end to the bloodshed of the innocent.

Athens, November 24, 2022

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MOSHE AELION PASSED AWAY Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 November 2022 14:40
Thessaloniki (native) Holocaust survivor Moshe Aelion, who lived with his family permanently in Israel and until his last breath fought to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, passed away on November 1st, 2022 at the age of 97. 
 
“For years I have believed that it is essential that the human consciousness never forgets what happened during the Holocaust. That’s why I decided, like many other survivors, to narrate, as long as I live, what I experienced,” said Moshe Aelion, in an interview he gave years ago to AMNA, who after the atrocity of the camps-hells of the Third Reich, started a new life in Israel.
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INAUGURATION OF THE RENOVATED SYNAGOGUE OF TRIKALA Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 October 2022 09:21

With much emotion, solemnity and infinite memories, the reopening of the renovated synagogue of the Kal Kadosh Yavanim of Trikala was inaugurated on Sunday 16 October 2022, in the presence of the Ministers of Interior, Makis Voridis and Energy, Kostas Skrekas, the Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection, Lefteris Economou, members of parliament and numerous Jewish visitors from Greece and Israel. It was a project that restored the problems that existed in the building of the historic synagogue, bringing it back to life.

The restoration of the synagogue was made possible thanks to the support of donors from Greece and abroad. The importance of their contribution was stressed during the inauguration event. The Mayor of Trikala, Dimitris Papastergiou described the inauguration as "a wonderful day and a day of celebration for Trikala", noting that the city has an "open mind and heart; it was and remains multicultural".

For his part, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), Mr. David Saltiel emphasized that the ceremony "sends out multiple messages", as it "inaugurates the renovated and safe building and a new era in the continuation of Jewish life in Trikala", "highlights the long history and culture of the Community", "confirms the brotherhood that this place has cultivated" and "marks solidarity".

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KIS PRESS RELEASE FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COURT IN GREECE Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2022 12:23

We were informed that the Greek Cabinet, during its meeting of August 30, 2022, sanctioned the proposal of the Justice Minister and appointed Supreme Court Judge Marianthi Pagouteli at the position of the Vice President of Greece’s Supreme Court (Areios Pagos).

During the first instance trial of Konstantinos Plevris* for his antisemitic book “Jews, the whole truth”, Mrs Pagouteli, Judge of Appeals at the time, gave a minority vote advocating for the acquittal of K. Plevris. Mrs Pagouteli in her 32page consideration behind the minority vote justified the antisemitic views of K. Plevris.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the strong resentment of the Greek Jewry for the appointment at the high level of the Greek Justice, of a person who cannot defend the declared position of the Greek State against antisemitism, even more so in the capacity of the Vice President of the Supreme Court of our country.

We express the certainty that the Greek Justice will safeguard the values of Democracy against the followers of intolerance and antisemitism.

Athens, September 2, 2022

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

*Konstantinos Plevris, is a Holocaust denier and writer of several books against the Jews.

 
NEW BOARD (2022 – 2025) ELECTED AT THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2022 07:32

The 25th Conference of Representatives of the Jewish Communities of Greece convened in Athens on September 18, 2022 and elected the new Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), the umbrella organization of the Greek Jewry.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (as of September 18, 2022):

President: David SALTIEL

First Vice President: Nachman - Manos ALCHANATIS

Second Vice President: Moysis ELISAF

Secretary General: Victor Isaac ELIEZER

Treasurer: Daniel BENARDOUT

Deputy Secretary General: Υomtov - Akis ROBISSA

Deputy Treasurer: Isaac-Sakis LEON

Members: Elias KABELIS, Marcel SOLOMON, Anna (MATATHIA) ANTHI, Solon MAISIS, Solomon PARENTE

Deputy Members: Regina KOUNIO, Leon SALTIEL, Moissis MANOUAH

 
THE JEWS OF HALKIDA Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2022 07:23

Georgia N. Gleoudi*

“When we returned, we had no bed to sleep in, no pots to cook in, nor clothes to wear. We went to our house and it had been taken by others. We rented a room in our house and the whole family lived there.”

Mair Maissis is in the synagogue of Halkida (Chalcis), eager to serve as a guide for anyone who wants to learn more about the town’s Jewish community and cemetery. Willing and full of energy, he starts explaining the architecture of the Romaniote synagogue.

“The two columns of our synagogue prove its antiquity. A large number of scholars regard the Synagogue of Chalcis as the oldest in Europe and many believe that the first presence of Jews in Evia (Euboea) dates back to 586 BC. Around the synagogue was the Jewish ghetto, the Jewish quarter where most Jews lived until the end of the Ottoman domination.

“On Good Friday in 1854, a great fire broke out which destroyed the biggest part of the synagogue. Of course it was arson. Nearly all community archives, books, heirlooms and manuscripts were destroyed. Only three Torah scrolls dating to the 13th and 14th century have survived until today. The synagogue was rebuilt in 1855 with a donation from the Duchess of Plaisance [Doukissa tis Plakentias]. Luckily today, we do not have any anti-Semitic incidents here in our city. We are completely assimilated.”

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