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KIS OPEN LETTER TO THE JEWS OF GREECE ON COVID-19
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Mankind experiences one of its most difficult periods after World War II, with thousands of dead, victims of the covid-19 coronavirus, and with millions of people confined at home in order to conform with precautionary measures imposed by the scientific community.

“Pikouach Nefesh”, the “control, the saving of life” is prioritized by Judaism as the highest value prevailing over all other commandments. This is why the Chief Rabbi of Israel issued an interpretive announcement stating that the protection and precaution guidelines of the Health Ministry must be implemented in full by all people because they serve the very meaning of the phrase “Pikouach Nefesh”.

We at the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), since day one that the virus struck our country, on the 27th of February 2020, we decided to close the Synagogues in Veria, Hania and Rhodes and issued a relevant circular advising all Greek Jewish Communities to close the Synagogues and the Cultural Centers. KIS, as well as the Jewish Communities revoked all social and cultural activities scheduled for March and April.

At the same time, with the support of KIS administration, we are in close contact with the Jewish Communities and the international Jewish Organizations in order to face this aggressive virus and the harsh consequences that might threat the well-being of the vulnerable groups of our Community.

Pessach approaches… We are sure that our Communities have made arrangements for the safe distribution of the Matzot and the Kiddush wines. Our people knew how to celebrate the festivity of Pessach even in the most inclement circumstances. The safety and health of all our coreligionists and the strict implementation of the directives of the Health Ministry should be our focus for this year’s seder. Because the value of life, Pikouach Nefesh, prevails.

Our thoughts are with all our coreligionists that are part of vulnerable social groups. Let’s give our assistance, let’s offer some moments of company either over the phone or in the social media, to our grandparents, to our parents, to our fellow-citizens that live alone, and let’s hope that at the end of this adventure we will all come back together, reunited, healthy and strong.

We “stay at home” so that we stay well. Be always well.

Athens, March 17, 2020

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

The President David Saltiel

The Secretary General Victor Eliezer

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE TWEET BY THE TURKISH DEPUTY FM COMPARING EVROS TO AUSCHWITZ

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece condemns and denounces the unacceptable and deplorable comparison between Auschwitz and the situation at the Greek-Turkish border in Evros region, made by the Turkish deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs on social media.

Six million Jews were persecuted, hunted down, deported, tortured and exterminated by the Nazis in the most industrialized and barbaric method in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and in other German concentration and extermination camps.

The policy of the Turkish government to exploit innocent people and create impressions by trivializing the Holocaust for political purposes is nothing but an obscene and despicable operation of misinformation and disorientation of the global public opinion.

We urge the Turkish deputy F.M. to retract his comment and apologize for this unsustainable comparison that insults the memory of all Holocaust victims.

Athens, March 9, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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Tweet by David Harris, CEO of the AJC

 
KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL AWARDED WITH THE MEDAL OF THE GRAND COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

In a sober ceremony, full of symbolism, held at the Presidential Palace on the 28th of February 2020, the President of the Hellenic Republic Professor Prokopios Pavlopoulos awarded the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel, with the medal of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, one of the highest distinctions of the Hellenic Republic, “in recognition of all the work he realized”.

This prestigious medal is bestowed to personalities, Greek citizens or foreigners, who have helped raise Greece’s prestige internationally and have excelled in their field of practice or in public life.  In David Saltiel’s case, this outstanding honour reflects the Greek Jewry, its rich history and its  manifold activities.

Welcoming the President of the Central Board of the Jewish Communities in Greece among the personalities honoured with that distinction, President Pavlopoulos mentioned the rich work realized by Mr. Saltiel and his dynamic personality. Then the President handed him the medal together with the Presidential Decree.

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THE GREEK JEWRY WELCOMES THE SIGNING OF THE EAST MED AGREEMENT Print E-mail
Friday, 03 January 2020 14:31
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the landmark intergovernmental agreement among Greece, Cyprus and Israel for the East Med natural gas pipeline, an agreement of historic importance which was signed in Athens on January 2nd, 2020.                         

We repeat our belief that East Med pipeline will even further stabilize and develop the productive cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Israel, it will boost the prosperity and progress of the people in the region, while it will also work as a bridge of peace between the Middle East and Europe.

 Athens, January 3rd, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN TRIKALA Print E-mail
Friday, 03 January 2020 14:24
Unfortunately, once more we express our sorrow, outrage and concern over the new vandal attack against a Jewish site in Trikala, the second within two days. Following the desecration of the Synagogue, the Holocaust Monument was vandalized, with part of the surrounding fence been severely damaged and the ornamenting Magen David been detached. It is to be noted that in February and March 2019 the Monument had been three times vandalized with antisemitic graffiti.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece reacted swiftly and addressed letters to the Minister of Citizen Protection, the Mayor of Trikala and the Chief of the Police department in Trikala asking for the arrest of the perpetrators and their prosecution, the adoption of effective security measures for the protection of all Jewish sites -thus the Synagogue, the Holocaust Monument and the Jewish cemetery- so that such actions -that damage the image of the city both in Greece and abroad- are prevented from happening again in the future.

We hope that the city of Trikala, the Municipality, the Church and the civil society will safeguard the city’s history and heritage against the followers of intolerance and antisemitism.

Athens, January 3rd, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE US CONGRESS EAST MED PARTNERSHIP ACT AND THE COOPERATION AMONG GREECE, CYPRUS AND ISRAEL Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2019 14:18
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the US Congress decision to approve the East Med Partnership Act which reinforces even further the cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Israel and at the same time consolidates stability in the region of the Southeastern Mediterranean. The East Med will not simply be a pipeline to transport natural gas that will boost the prosperity of the people in the region, it will be a bridge of peace between the Middle East and Europe.

In this spirit, this decision of the US Congress is a determining contribution to the forging of historic bonds of friendship amongst the peoples of Greece, Cyprus and Israel.

Athens, December 20, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI AT THE SYNAGOGUE OF TRIKALA Print E-mail
Friday, 03 January 2020 13:34
During these solemn holy days that the light of love is spread all over the world, some still promote hatred against the Jews!

The hideous antisemitic graffiti with which the newly restored historic Synagogue of Trikala was desecrated, causes but deep sorrow and repugnance. It reminds us that the snake’s egg is still incubating within our society and that the struggle against antisemitism needs to be continuous and the vigilance relentless.

We condemn this vile act and call upon the competent authorities to take all necessary measures for the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators, as well as for the protection of the Jewish sites in Trikala, a city that has proved to show zero tolerance to bigotry and racism.

Athens December 31, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE BURNING OF THE ISRAELI FLAG DURING A BASKETBALL GAME IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2019 09:16
The burning of the Israeli flag, which occurred in Athens within the context of a basketball game between a Greek and an Israeli team, is a condemnable action.

The burning of any flag at the same time puts in violent dispute the right of any people to exist in its homeland.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the repugnance of the Greek Jewry for this hideous act along with its belief that such attitudes are condemned by the Greek people as a whole, whether in or out of the sports stadiums.

Athens, December 19, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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