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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY ATTACKS AGAINST MOSQUES IN NEW ZEALAND Print E-mail
Monday, 18 March 2019 13:50

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 Print E-mail
Monday, 18 March 2019 12:55

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
 
CEREMONY TO BESTOW THE TITLE OF “RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS” AND ADOPTION OF THE WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:37

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Konstantinos Gavroglu and the Secretary General for Religious Affairs, George Kalantzis, participated in the ceremony bestowing the title of “Righteous Among the Nations” on the family of Constantine Giannitsis who rescued the family of Asher Moissis during the Occupation in Greece. The event was organized by the students of the Athens College and took place at its premises.

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs highlighted the fact that the Ministry of Education in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel has changed the approach on such events by giving to secondary school students the responsibility to organize them. The Music School of Alimos organized such an event for the first time and then the 2nd Middle School of Elefsina followed by the 1st High School of Chania. In that way, events about true stories of special people who have risked their own lives and those of their families in order to rescue our fellow citizens of Jewish faith during the dark period of the Occupation have become part of the education process teaching sublime values of our civilization. As Minister Gavroglu pointed out, “there is a need to strengthen acts and ideas safeguarding democracy against the poison of fascism and of racism which have appeared again throughout Europe”.

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TRIKALA. A Greek Town Commemorates its Holocaust History Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2019 08:43

 By Margarita Gokun Silver*, TABLET, January 10, 2019

‘We keep our memories alive,’ said the mayor of Trikala, where a new memorial was recently unveiled

On the morning of Nov. 11, 2018, a crowd of almost 200 people gathered in the center of Trikala, a Greek city located some 300 kilometers north of Athens. Conversing mainly in Greek, but also in Hebrew, English, Italian, and German, they were waiting at one of the main entrances to the old Jewish quarter to participate in the unveiling of Trikala’s Holocaust Memorial. Erected to commemorate the city’s 139 Jewish victims, the memorial is a joint initiative of the Trikala government and the city’s Jewish community.

“It was an obligation to our citizens, to the Jewish Community, to the memory,” Dimitris Papastergiou, the mayor of Trikala, told me via email. The idea first surfaced in his conversation with Victor Venouziou, a native of Larissa who was raised as part of Trikala’s Jewish community and survived the Holocaust because the villagers of Amarantos—50 kilometers away, it was called Mastroyianni in the 1940s—hid him and his family. Last year Venouziou financed a monument in Amarantos to thank them. “Within five minutes we agreed that the city and the Municipality of Trikala also had to erect their own monument,” Papastergiou said.

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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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