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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

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITIC STATEMENT BY EX BASKETBALL COACH ALEXANDRIS FOR THE ISRAELI COACH DAVID BLATT

The reference of the renowned ex basketball player and coach Vangelis Alexandris to David Blatt, the Israeli coach of the 'Olympiacos' basketball team, with regard to the latter’s "Jewish blood" as a factor indicating that "he is lying" (!), primarily insults the Greek sports and the sports spirit which aims at uniting and not dividing peoples.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the outrage of the Greek Jewry given that this statement includes all the ignoble antisemitic stereotypes that perpetrate hatred against the Jews. We hope that the reaction of the people of the sports will unequivocally condemn such statements and that Mr. Alexandris will acknowledge his fault and will apologize.
 
In a period that international sports associations launch campaigns against racism and antisemitism, such references, that instigate and escalate fanaticism and hatred in the sports stadiums, should not be tolerated in Greece.
 
Athens, March 18, 2019
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE WORKING DEFINTION OF ANTISEMITISM BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the announcement of the Minister of Education Kostas Gavroglou for the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism by the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education.

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, during his speech at the ceremony for the presentation of the Yad Vashem awards which was held on 11.2.2019 in Athens, announced that in the context of covering the needs for planning and implementing actions and initiatives on combating anti-Semitism, the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs has adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism as it was set out at the Plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on May 26, 2016 with the active participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic.

It is to be recalled that by Resolution B8-0383/2017 on combating anti-Semitism (2017/2692 (RSP)), the European Parliament, inter alia, “[…] calls on the Member States and the Union institutions and agencies to adopt and apply the working definition of anti-Semitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)”.

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THIS GREEK SCHOOL HAS A NOVEL SOLUTION TO PROBLEM FACED BY MANY SMALL JEWISH COMMUNITIES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 13:32

JTA, 7.1.2019: AthensIn a small, nondescript classroom in Greece’s capital city, 10 Jewish eighth-graders study a biblical text about Jacob and Esau under the guidance of Rivkah Carl, a Jewish teacher from Teaneck, New Jersey.

The students chatter loudly in Greek among themselves, though the language of instruction is English. In an adjacent classroom, nine kids — each wearing headphones and sitting in front of computer monitors — listen as their Israeli instructor teaches them Hebrew.

But this is no Jewish school. In Athens’ dwindling Jewish community, now at about 3,000 members, there simply aren’t enough children to support a Jewish middle or high school.

So community leaders came up with a unique solution: a special Jewish track at the prestigious American College of Greece, a private school founded by Christian missionaries in 1875 with a middle school and high school division called the Pierce School.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE EXPLOSION AT THE ST.DIONYSIUS CHURCH IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:59
During these festive days that the spirit of love is transmitted throughout Greece, the followers of hatred made their presence felt with an explosive device that endangered the lives of ordinary people entering the church of St. Dionysius, in the city center of Athens.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unequivocally condemns this hideous attack and it expresses the feelings of the Greek Jews in wishing to the injured a speedy and full recovery and that they return to their families the soonest.

We must not allow intolerance, fanaticism and terrorism to become part of our everyday life, spreading fear and targeting even the sacred houses of prayer. We all have to work together in order to safeguard the human values of love, solidarity and respect, from those who seek to enforce the terror of hatred and violence.

Athens, December 27, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
GREEK MINISTER NIKOS PAPPAS PRESENTS BOOK ON GREEK HOLOCAUST IN YAD VASHEM Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2018 13:50

The book presentation of the album “Auschwitz – Greeks,  Number Condemned to Death” by George Pilichos, (ed. Hellenic Post, 2018) was held in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, on December 19, 2018, in the presence of the Greek Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Nikos Pappas and the Chairman of Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev who addressed the highly attended event. The author, history researcher George Pilichos, the First Vice President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Benjamin Albalas, as well as Moshe Ha-Elion, Holocaust survivor of Greek origins and member of the Board of Yad Vashem, attended the event.

Minister Pappas introduced the book by saying: “Today I humbly deliver to you the Greek part of the Holocaust history, a book that presents the history of the extermination of the Greek citizens, Jewish in their overwhelming majority, in the concentration camps” and concluded with the “obligation of the society not to forget in order not to built up a crooked future”.

The book “Auschwitz – Greeks,  Number Condemned to Death”, an exhaustive and well documented research on the Holocaust of the Greek Jews, was previously presented in Athens, on May 16, 2018, by the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, along with the presentation of a commemorative set of stamps, also issued by the Hellenic Post, dedicated to the Holocaust of the Greek Jews.

 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN KASTORIA – THE IMMEDIATE REACTION OF THE LOCAL SOCIETY Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:29

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the dismay of the Greek Jewry for the vandal attack against the Holocaust Monument of Kastoria, erected to remind of the 1.000 Jews of the city deported and exterminated in Auschwitz by the Nazis. Using back spray-paint to deface the inscription on the Monument, the fanatic preachers of hatred aimed both at erasing the memory of the once flourishing Jewish community and at destroying the symbolisms that the Monuments transmits.

They got the best response through the reaction of the local society, with the official condemnation of the Mayor of Kastoria as well as the prompt reaction of the motivated citizens who cleaned the monument. The law enforcement authorities have to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to Justice.

Thirteen cases of vandalism against Jewish targets were registered within 2018. The outburst of intolerance, the vandal attacks against monuments and sacred sites, intensify the need to realize that antisemitism is only the beginning of the decadence of a society that in order to be protected by the followers of obscurantism has the obligation to transmit knowledge and memory so as to prevent new crimes against humanity.

Athens, December 27, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
LOUKIA SALTIEL, THE WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE PASSED AWAY Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2018 13:23

On December 20, 2018, Loukia Saltiel the wife of the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, passed away.

Her funeral will be held on Sunday December 23, 2018 at 12.00 hrs at the Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki.

The late Loukia Saltiel was an active and dynamic member of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki who dedicated her life to charities and offered her valuable contribution to many Jewish organizations of Thessaloniki. She was a worthy and carrying wife, mother and grandmother who transmitted to her family the Jewish values and traditions.

 
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