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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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THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE HAS BEEN DECORATED BY ITALY Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 November 2019 10:13

In a humble ceremony held at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, on November 18th, 2019, Mr. David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of the Jewish Communities in Greece and President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki was decorated with the medal and title of Ufficiale dell’ Ordine della Stella d’ Italia - Officer of the Order of the Italian Star - by His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy to Greece Mr. Luigi Marras.

In its tweet the Italian Embassy mentioned David Saltiel as a "True friend of Italy". The title of Officer constitutes the highest level of the Order of the Italian Star, as Mr. D. Saltiel was already honored with the title of Commander of that Order, since 2008.  The Order is bestowed to outstanding personalities for their contribution in promoting business and cultural relations between Italy and other countries.

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PRESIDENT PAVLOPOULOS OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW WING OF JEWISH MUSEUM IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:46

By  Nick Kampouris

The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos officially opened the new wing of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki on Sunday afternoon October 27th, 2019.

In his remarks, President Pavlopoulos noted the need to remember that the Holocaust was the most atrocious crime against humanity at a time when admirers of Nazism and fascism are emerging again in Europe. President Pavlopoulos highlighted the need to remember, for the sake of humanity, that the Holocaust was the most atrocious crime of all because it insulted human existence itself and totally discredited the value of human life and individual freedom and dignity. ”So, it can never happen again, at any cost,” Pavlopoulos declared. The President of the Republic said that he would like the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki to serve as a beacon for the fulfillment of the self-evident and permanent duty to remember those crimes against humanity. 

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20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ETZ HAYYIM SYNAGOGUE OF HANIA Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 13:58

The 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Synagogue of Hania, on the island of Crete, was marked with the series of cultural events that took place in Hania from October 13 to 27, 2019. The events, which were organized by the Non-profit Corporation Etz Hayyim, included the celebration of Sukkot, a photographic exhibition on the restoration of the Synagogue and its remarkable cultural activity for the past 20 years, educational workshops on Jewish Cretan history, a concert with the “Klezmer Yunan band” who remix Jewish Klezmer and Greek folk songs, the exhibition of the Heritage Contact Zone entitled “Parallel points of view”, an audio-visual presentation of material on Etz Hayyim, a culinary experience with food sampling of Greek Jewish recipes based on Nikos Stavroulakis’ “Cookbook of the Jews of Greece”, a literary reading by the renowned British poet Ruth Padel on the theme “Etz Hayyim in poetry and prose”.

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VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL TO GREECE Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 October 2019 12:17
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, Mr. Israel Katz, pays an official visit to Greece from October 30th to November 1st, 2019.

The Israeli Foreign Minister will meet during his short visit with his Greek counterpart, Mr. Nikos Dendias, and will be received by the Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

The visit of Mr. Katz to Athens at a time when deliberations are being held in Israel for the formation of a new government after elections is a sign of the importance Israel attributes to Israeli-Greek relations and maintaining their momentum.  The two countries attach the highest importance to ongoing exchanges on regional and global developments.


SOURCE: PRESS RELEASE OF THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL, 30.10.2019

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITĪ™C ATTACKS IN HALLE GERMANY Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:59

A German neonazi chose the holy day of Yom Kippur, when the Jews all over the world gather and pray in synagogues, to attack and spread terror and death at the Synagogue of Halle, in Germany, murdering two people and injuring others.

The perpetrator’s message of hatred and Holocaust denial, 75 years after the Holocaust, indicates that antisemitism in Europe is not part of a tragic past but an existing present manifested in a brutal practice of violence leaving innocent victims.

Europe must protect its Jewish citizens and effectively deal with antisemitism, considering it as a threat against democracy itself, and as violation of fundamental human rights. The attack against the synagogue proves that hate rhetoric swiftly evolves into violence and bloodshed.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), which represents all Jewish Communities in Greece, thanks the Ministry of Citizen Protection and especially the Greek police department for having timely and effectively taken all necessary measures for the security of all Jewish sites of interest around Greece. We also welcome the immediate reaction of the Greek Education Minister, Mrs Niki Kerameus, who expressed her repugnance for the attack and stressed that “this incident reminds us -in the most harsh way- of our duty to continue our struggle against anti-Semitism”.

KIS expresses the deep sorrow and the condolences of the Greek Jewry to the families of the victims, along with its solidarity towards the Jewish Community of Halle. Terror and fear will not break us. We are here to keep defending the principles of humanism against intolerance and antisemitism.

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