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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unequivocally condemns the new terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City which caused the death of two Israelis and the injury of other two. Every terror attack against innocent citizens of Israel moves away the hope of peace and threatens every attempt of harmonious co-existance between Israelis and Palestinians in the region.  

We express our sorrow and we convey our condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Israel.  

Athens, November 22nd, 2021

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
INAUGURATION OF THE "DIVIDED MEMORIES 1940-1950. BETWEEN HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE" DIGITAL EXHIBITION IN COLOGNE

On Monday, November 15, 2021, the opening of the "Divided Memories 1940-1950. Between History and Experience" digital exhibition took place, which had originally been presented at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki between December 2016 and April 2017. The contributors of the exhibition are the Goethe-Institute of Thessaloniki, the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and the Documentation Centre for National Socialism of the City of Cologne.

During the inauguration of the digital version of the exhibition, Dr. Annemone Christians-Bernsee, the executive director of the Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, greeted the guests, followed by greetings by the Mayors of Cologne Henriette Reker and of Thessaloniki, Konstantinos Zervas, the director of the Goethe Institute of Thessaloniki, Beate Köhler, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece & President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel and the Chairman of the BoD of the Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (MOMus), Andreas Takis.

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PARTICIPATION OF MUNICIPALITIES & JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF GREECE IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS" 2021
   
   
 
   

This year marks 83 years since the "Night of Broken Glass", a series of pogroms against the Jewish population launched by the Nazis on November 9th, 1938 in Germany and its annexed territories. On the occasion of this commemoration, the International March of the Living organized, for the second consecutive year, the #LetThereBeLight campaign which spreads a universal message against racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance.

The campaign included a central online event with testimonials from survivors, celebrities and music (see video HERE) as well as an open streaming platform on which thousands of people from around the world posted their personal messages. On the night of November 9, 2021, these messages were displayed on the walls of the old city of Jerusalem, creating a venerating and imposing atmosphere.

At the same time, prayer houses, Synagogues and public buildings around the world were illuminated and displayed their own promise that light would prevail, on their walls in a spectacular way. Greece’s dynamic presence to this year's campaign manifested itself in dozens of messages posted on the platform.

The message of the General Secretary of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), Mr. Victor Isaak Eliezer emphasizes that "Anti-Semitism must not be tolerated. Let the light of knowledge educate the next generations. Let the light of human rights guide our society. Our determination never to forget the tragic consequences of the Holocaust will be the light that will prevail over the darkness brought about by racism and bigotry" and of the EMOTL President, Mr. Benjamin Albalas, stating: “The “Night of Broken Glass” constitutes the beginning of the great destruction of Greek Jewry. States, governments and the whole world must understand that early symptoms always indicate a dangerous disease. The “Night of Broken Glass” was the early and serious symptoms of the Nazis’ mad ideology that led to the death of six million European Jews".

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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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