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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITĪ™C ATTACKS IN HALLE GERMANY

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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VERIA UNROLLED THE "MEMORY OF THE THREAD" THREE DAYS OF IHRA HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE EVENTS

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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NEW BOARD ELECTED AT THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES
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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DELEGATION OF THE INTERORTHODOX CENTRE OF THE CHURCH OF GREECE VISITED YAD VASHEM Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:55
For the first time a delegation of Greek-Orthodox Clergymen coming from the Orthodox Church of Greece has visited Yad Vashem for a special study day program. The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece organized this visit after an official invitation by the Embassy of Israel in Greece.

Metropolitan Ioannis of Thermopylae, the Director of the Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece, as Head of the delegation accompanied by a special group of priests and the scientific stuff of the Interorthodox Centre (Mr. Sergios Voilas, Mr. Christos Nasios, Mrs. Kalliopi Mavragka)  had the opportunity to meet and speak with Mr. Moshe Ha’elyon, a Greek-Jewish survivor from the Holocaust. 
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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
 
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

 
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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