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CERVANTES INSTITUTE AND JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI SIGN AGREEMENT TO PROMOTE SEPHARDIC HERITAGE
The Cervantes Institute and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki signed an agreement on Tuesday allowing the institute to establish a branch in the Greek city, as part of the institute's efforts to promote and recognize the Sephardic community’s Spanish roots and revitalize the community’s historical use of Judeo-Spanish or Ladino.  

In attendance at the special signing ceremony was President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and WJC Vice President David Saltiel, Cervantes Institute Athens Director Cristina Conde de Beroldinge, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya, Spanish Ambassador to Greece Enrique Viguera, and Ambassador of Greece to Spain Ioannis Tzovas-Mourouzis, among others.    

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AGHIA SOPHIA, A MUSEUM WHICH IS UNITING INSTEAD OF DIVIDING
 By Victor Isaak Eliezer*                         

Daily "TA NEA", July 11, 2020: The temple or Museum of "Aghia Sophia" in Istanbul, is maybe one of the unique religious monuments which are uniting instead of dividing the worshippers of two different monotheistic religions.  As a temple, during many centuries, it symbolized the unity of the Orthodox Christianity and the wealth of the Byzantine civilization, till the fall of Constantinople by the Ottomans. Then it was transformed into a mosque. The founder of the modern Turkish state, Kemal Ataturk, converted "Aghia Sophia" into a Museum related to both Christianism and Islam. A Museum of world cultural heritage which is visited and admired by millions of visitors, independently of their race, skin color or religion. I fully understand and share, though, the awe which overwhelms the Christian Orthodox people as this Church has been the birthplace of Orthodoxy and marked faithfully the rightful struggle of the Greeks for their freedom from the Ottoman enslavement that led to their independence and to the creation of the modern Hellenic state. 

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THESSALONIKI HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 'AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE FOR GREECE', SAYS US AMBASSADOR PYATT
US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt on Thursday said that the plan to build the Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki is an extremely important initiative for Greece, considering the key role that the Jewish community has played in the city's history.

The ambassador was speaking at the Jewish Museum in Thessaloniki, where he was briefed on the construction work's progress by David Saltiel, the president of both the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the city's Jewish community, and the president of the Board of Directors of the Thessaloniki Holocaust Museum Foundation former mayor George Boutaris. The US Consul General in Thessaloniki Gregory Pfleger was also present at the meeting.

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FOREIGN MINISTER HAILS 30 YEARS OF GREEK-ISRAELI DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS Print E-mail
Friday, 22 May 2020 11:51
Greece and Israel have achieved “much more than we perhaps would have expected ourselves” in the 30 years of diplomatic relations, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in a statement issued on Thursday to mark the occasion.

“It is a small miracle. Today, what unite us are so many things, that I am convinced this relationship of friendship and cooperation will move forward with leaps and bounds in the near and distant future,” he said.

“Through this multifaceted relationship, we also set the example that cooperation is the only way to security, stability and prosperity in our region.”

Bilateral cooperation extends to science, culture, trade, innovation, energy, tourism, security and defense, and continues to grow in new fields, he said, adding that Athens remains firmly committed to strengthening relations between the European Union and Israel.

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AUTHOR, SPEAKER, HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR ROSINA PARDO DIES AT 87 Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2020 07:16
Rosina Pardo, who was an author, speaker and a Greek Holocaust survivor, has died in Athens at age 87.

The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki announced her death on Monday.

Pardo’s story was told in her best-selling book from 2005, “548 Days With Another Name,” detailing her hiding from the Nazis during World War II, while living under an assumed name.

Pardo lived with her parents and two sisters in Thessaloniki at the outbreak of World War II.

Like other Jews whose ancestors had lived in the ancient city for hundreds of years, her family was confined to a ghetto in Thessaloniki after the Germans occupied the city on April 9, 1941.

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KIS MESSAGE FOR YOM HAATZMAUT – 72 YEARS OF ISRAEL’S INDEPENDENCE Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 11:30
 “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles”! This quote by David Ben Gurion has been proven right many times in the history of Israel.

The “miracle” of Israel, which we often refer to on Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, has semantically evolved from biblical to modern, based on the interaction amongst solidarity, faith and strong beliefs, great leaders, resilience and hard work, wise choices and prudent strategy planning, as well as persistent focus on the target for the common good.

With a society formed by Holocaust survivors and the people who settled there coming for the East and the West, some because they believed in the need to establish an independent state for the Jewish people, others because they were persecuted in their countries of birth. With a society that endured and continues enduring the pain for the loss of thousands of its children who sacrificed themselves for the existence and the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel. This is the reason why the mourning is closely tied to the joy of independence.

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CORONAVIRUS: THE JEWS ARE IN THE LINE OF FIRE AGAIN… Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 May 2020 09:25
By Victor Isaak Eliezer*

LIFO, 5.5.2020.- The  Covid-19 pandemic has left its indelible print to humanity mourning thousands of dead, whilst millions are struggling for their lives in hospitals and others that seem healthy are confined in their homes, doing apprehensively their first steps toward a new different daily reality.

It is about a war in which, maybe for the first time, people are not taking lives of each other but are saving lives…, social responsibility, solidarity, massive attendance of people to sorrow and joy from the balconies in the neighborhoods of the world; the applause of the doctors for their patients who won death, the sound of  encouragement heard by firemen and policemen, the frustration of the doctors and the paramedics when they are forced to choose who is going to live and who is not, their sadness for the loss of every man and woman who passed away alone, away from his beloved ones, the hope, the concern, the fear…  images and feelings changing before a new reality.

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PESSACH – THE PASSING OVER Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 12:40
From desperation to hope

From slavery to freedom

Every year the Jews around the world read the Haggadah, the story of Pessach, we come together, we narrate, we sing, we wonder “Ma nistana Alaila aje”, that is "Why is this night different from all other nights?"

This is the night that God chose to lead the Jewish people to freedom.

This year, this night has an additional meaning: Our thoughts are with our fellow citizens who are sick and we pray so that God helps them “pass over” from the loneliness of pain to the joy of life.

We wish to the doctors and the sanitary personnel to be strong and healthy and resilient because they are the ones who guide us to “pass over” from the desperation of death to the hope of health.

Αll of us have to protect public health, in order to safeguard our “freedom”, this ultimate good passed down to mankind with the «Exodus» of the Jewish people from slavery…

This Pessach, we will celebrate even though we will not sit around the same table, yet, our wishes will be united and even more heartfelt, they will be wishes for health and good life.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes you

HAG PESSACH SHAMEACH
 
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