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US STATE SECRETARY POMPEO VISITS THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his visit to Greece, along with his wife Susan and members of his delegation to Greece paid a visit to the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki on Monday September 28, 2020, accompanied by US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt and US General Consul in Thessaloniki Elizabeth Lee. The museum was closed to the public for the Yom Kippur holiday.

Pompeo was received by the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) and of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel, and was given a tour of the premises.

KIS President David Saltiel, in his statement of September 29, 2020, stressed the highlights of his meeting with the US Secretary of State: “I am deeply honoured that US Secretary Pompeo, amid a highly important agenda in Greece, and his wife Susan, paid tribute to the Jewish Holocaust victims, in the solemn spirit of Yom Kippur, during their visit at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki. Mike Pompeo’s interest in the Greek Jewish heritage at large, and in the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki that lost the 96% of its population in particular, gives us strength to continue our work. We are grateful for the expression of his support for the Holocaust Museum project and his motivational message for the speedy completion of this project”.

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GREEK PRESIDENT SAKELLAROPOULOU READS LAST LETTERS OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS ALOUD AT CULTURAL FESTIVAL
“Do not forget me…” Neama Cazes wrote on 8 April 1943 from the ghetto of German Nazi-occupied Greek city of Thessaloniki to her children, Maurice and Berto, who had escaped to Italian-occupied Athens. 

These words are also the title of the book by Leon Saltiel, a historian of the Holocaust in Greece who currently serves as the Representative to the UN in Geneva and UNESCO of the World Jewish Congress, and its Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism. In his book, Saltiel published some 50 letters sent by three Jewish mothers from within the ghetto of Thessaloniki to their sons, who were hiding in Athens during the Second World War, some weeks or days before their deportation and subsequent death in Auschwitz.  

Greek Republic President Katerina Sakellaropoulou - the first woman to occupy this post- will read three letters written by Cazes in contribution to this year’s autumn Dimitria festival, the leading cultural institution of Thessaloniki. The festival began online on 28 September. The reading of the letters will be hosted by the city of Thessaloniki with the support of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and the German Consulate.  

The letters were written shortly before and during the deportations of the Jews of Thessaloniki and describe the climate of uncertainty, panic and anxiety that existed not only to Neama herself but to the Jewish community of Thessaloniki as well, shortly before the first train left Thessaloniki carrying 2,400 people to Auschwitz-Birkenau on 15 March 1943. The theme of this year’s festival is “distances,” both literally and figuratively, as the conference was forced to be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Artists and other notable participants from Greece and abroad will present new artistic trends and highlighting the historic and cultural heritage of Thessaloniki during the festival.  

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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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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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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITΙC 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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NEW BOARD ELECTED AT THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:23
The 23rd Conference of Representatives of the Jewish Communities of Greece  convened in Athens on September 8, 2019, in order to elect the new Board of Directors of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), the umbrella organization of the Greek Jewry. During the opening of the Conference, the outgoing President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel referred to his decades-long commitment to the Greek Jewish issues and said that if he is re-elected he will continue to serve the Greek Jewry in any possible way.
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VERIA UNROLLED THE "MEMORY OF THE THREAD" THREE DAYS OF IHRA HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE EVENTS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 11:00

A Memorial March from the Synagogue to the Railway station of Veria

The Thread of the Memory of the Jewish presence in Veria, before the evil period of the war and the Holocaust, was unrolled during the afternoon of Sunday 22.9.2019 by all those who honored the invitation to attend the March in Memory of the 460 members of the Jewish Community of the city, deported to the Nazi Concentration Camps.

The City Authorities, the Metropolitan Bishop of Imathia Panteleimon, hundreds of citizens of Veria, students from local schools, choirs,  a lot of Israelis originating from Veria, Jews all over Greece  and representatives of Embassies were among the 2.000 persons that attended the event.

The three day Holocaust commemoration events, organized on the occasion of Chairmanship of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), culminated with a  the march which was followed by a concert entitled "The Memory of the Thread", based on an idea of the famous soprano Sonia Theodoridou. The events were organized by the Embassy of Luxembourg in Greece, the Municipality of Veria, the Hellenic Delegation to the IHRA, the Central Board of the Jewish Communities in Greece, the Jewish Museum of Greece and the Non-profit civil society "Beautiful Greece", with the support of the Embassy of Israel in Greece, the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, the Holly Metropolis of Veria, Naoussa and Kampania, the Greek-Israeli Chamber of Commerce and the support of Mr. Sabby Mionis.

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EDUCATION MINISTER NIKI KERAMEUS MET WITH GREEK JEWISH LEADERSHIP Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 07:41
Education Minister Niki Kerameus met Tuesday August 27, 2019, with members of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) to discuss issues affecting the Greek-Jewish community. Kerameus said tackling anti-semitism improves the quality of democracy and added that one of the purposes of the educational system should be to establish mutual respect. 

Source: e-Kathimerini, Aug. 27, 2019

 
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