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THE SPECIAL ENVOY ON COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM TO THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
A meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had the Special Envoy on Combatting Anti-Semitism, Dr. Efstathios Lianos Liantis, in view of the visit of the Primate of Orthodoxy to the Auschwitz concentration camp, in order to lead the March of the Living, on May 2nd, 2019.

The Ecumenical Patriarch blessed the mission of removing every anti-Semitic stereotype and highlighted the need for co-operation between the actors of Christianity and Judaism, which the Ecumenical Throne has been realizing throughout its ministry through interreligious dialogue and many other initiatives of joint action. 

He also stressed that he was willing to take coordinating action in the Christian world in order to eliminate the social pathogenesis of anti-Semitism and to preserve the commitment to fight any negative prejudice and persecution in the name of religion. 
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“Never Again’ March in Thessaloniki marked anniversary of first deportation to Auschwitz

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL, March 18, 2019, by Vassilis Kyriakoulis: Two thousand people held a silent march in Thessaloniki, marking the anniversary of the departure in 1943 of the first train taking members of its Jewish community to Auschwitz. Participants held white balloons bearing the message “Never Again.” They gathered at the city’s old railway station where that train pulled out on March 15, 1943. Among those present for the 76th anniversary commemoration was Jurgen Haus, grandson of a German soldier, who expressed his “deep regret” for the actions of his Nazi forebears. “I am here to break the silence… I love Israel, I cannot remain silent in the face of antisemitism,” he said in a speech. 

Holocaust survivors Heinz Kounio and Achileas Koukovinos were honoured during the commemorations. Thessaloniki had a population of more than 50,000 Jews before World War II, some 46,000 of whom were deported and killed in German Nazi death camps. 

Before the deportations started, the community in the city, which was composed mainly of Sephardic Jews chased out of Spain in 1492, had developed to the point where it earned the nickname the “Jerusalem of the Balkans.”

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY ATTACKS AGAINST MOSQUES IN NEW ZEALAND

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses Greek Jewry’s deep concern and dismay for the deadly terrorist attacks with multiple casualties on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, in New Zealand. We strongly and unequivocally condemn this blatant act of cruel violence and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.  

This time the innocent victims of terror were Muslim worshipers at the time of prayer. The escalation of the attacks and widespread fanaticism bring the international community in front of its responsibilities and prove that hatred has no limits, it comes from everywhere and affects everyone.     

The danger from the dissemination of extremist theories regarding racial supremacy is today greater than ever in the post-World War II era. Knowledge and education, focusing on the respect of human rights and the tolerance for diversity, must be the first priority goal for State and social institutions, as well as for religious communities in order to prevent mourning new victims as those of Christchurch and Pittsburgh.        

Athens, March 18, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
VANDAL ATTACK AGAINST THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF TRIKALA Print E-mail
Friday, 12 October 2018 12:04
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the dismay of the entire Greek Jewry and strongly condemns the vandal attack that once more occurred against the Jewish cemetery of Trikala.

More specifically, followers of racism and antisemitism vandalized and destroyed eight tombs and tombstones -among which the two graves of the parents of the President of the Jewish Community of Trikala.

Following the lawsuit against persons unknown, pressed by the Jewish Community of Trikala, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece calls upon law enforcement authorities to take all necessary measures for the arrest of the perpetrators and the protection of the city’s Jewish cemetery, which -apart from its sacred nature- reflects the historic course of the Jewish presence in Trikala.

We believe that the municipal authorities together with the society of Trikala will not allow the followers of hatred to harm the harmonious coexistence of all the citizens of Trikala, regardless of skin color, race or religion.

Athens, October 12, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
KIS PRESIDENT AWARDED WITH THE SPANISH TITLE OF COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF ISABELLA THE CATHOLIC Print E-mail
Friday, 12 October 2018 08:51

On 4.10.2018 the President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and Vice- president of the World Jewish Congress, Mr. David Saltiel, was awarded with the title of Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic in a ceremony hosted by His Excellency the Ambassador of Spain in Athens, Mr. Enrique Viguera Rubio at the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki.

In the beginning of the ceremony, the Honorary Consul of Spain in Thessaloniki, Mr. Samuel Nahmias, welcomed the guests and the Counselor of the Embassy of Spain, Mr. Juan Saenz de Heredia, read out the Royal Decree.

The Ambassador of Spain in his address following the decoration of Mr. Saltiel, referred to the strong bonds between Spain and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. He stressed particularly Mr. Saltiel’s contribution towards the preservation of the Sephardic culture and the Judeo-Spanish language.

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GREEK FINANCE MINISTRY CO-SPONSORS THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 August 2018 13:37
Another step towards the realization of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of Thessaloniki was taken following the decision of the Greek Minister of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos to co-sponsor the project. In a letter addressed to the Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris and the President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and KIS David Saltiel, the Minister reaffirms the intention of the Greek Government to actively support the construction of the Holocaust Museum, and informs that the Ministry of Finance will contribute with a grant covering a sum up to ¼ of the construction budget.

It is worth to point out that the Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki is also sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, while the land for the construction was donated by GAIA OSE, the public entity handling railways property. The foundation stone of the Museum was laid last January by Greek PM Tsipras and Israeli President Rivlin during the latter’s official visit to Greece on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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THE GREEK JEWRY MOURNS THE LOSS OF MOSES CONSTANTINIS Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2018 12:12
On September 20th, 2018, the former President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Moses Constantinis passed away.

His funeral will be held on Sunday September 23rd, 2018 at 15.00 hrs at the Jewish Cemetery of Athens (Jewish section of the 3rd Cemetery of Nikaia).

The late Moses Constantinis served as President of the Governing Board of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), the coordinating body of the Greek Jewry, for 13 years (1998-2010 & 2015-2016) following his term as Secretary General of KIS from 1991 until 1997. He was a founding member and –from 1977 until his death- Secretary General and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Museum of Greece. From 1971 until his death he served as Special Advisor to the Hellenic Post for philately.

His award winning writings, his contribution to the Greek Jewry, to the preservation of historical memory, to issues of education and culture were invaluable not only for the Jewish Community but also for the entire society. For his contribution he has been decorated with Greek and international awards.

The Greek Jewry mourns the loss of Moses Constantinis, an inspired and tireless leader, a worthy Jew and a moral person. 

May he rest in peace and his memory be blessed.

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Moses Constantinis' biographical note

 
DAVID HARRIS: Why I admire Greece Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:01
With this new tweet -following his message of solidarity for the deadly wildfires in Attica, AJC CEO David Harris expresses once more his admiration for Greece.
He wrote:
Why I admire Greece: 1) Wisdom of Ancient Greece - democracy, philosophy, science, culture - continues to shape our world. 2) In WW2 Churchill believed “Greeks don’t fight like heroes, heroes fight like Greeks.” 3) Key US/Israel partner. NATO/EU member. Proud Jewish community.

 
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