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JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI PRESS RELEASE FOR THE DONATION FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRE IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2018 12:41
Considering the tragedy that our country is experiencing and the difficulties faced by the inhabitants of the areas of Attica affected by the fires, which thus far cost the lives of 81 people, among whom many young children, the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki donated €10,000 to the special bank account created by the Greek Government for the relief of the needs of the fire victims and the reconstruction of the devastated areas.

Thessaloniki, July 26th, 2018
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI
 
RADIO INTERVIEW of VICTOR ELIEZER ON MAKIS VORIDIS’ NEONAZI POLITICAL PAST Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 09:56
In a radio interview (News 24/7, July 12, 2019) to journalist Seraphim Kotrotsos, the Secretary General of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Victor Eliezer, with accuracy and clarity, presented the position and the feelings of the Greek Jewry towards Makis Voridis whose political past was linked to neo-nazi ideology.

AUDIO FILE of the interview (in Greek) HERE

The full transcript of the interview:

JOURNALIST S. KOTROTSOS: Therefore, I asked to speak with the Secretary General of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr Victor Eliezer, a man who of course knows very well both the affairs of Israel and those of Greece as well, because of his capacity as a journalist he can realize even better the way the Israeli  media react. Mr Eliezer, good evening, thank you for being with us.

V.ELIEZER:  Good evening Mr. Kotrotsos, good evening to your listeners.

S. KOTROTSOS: Firstly let’s mention the very good words of Netanyahu to Mitsotakis as a result of an excellent relation between Greece and Israel, that has been built over many years, which I think is not easy to crack.

V.ELIEZER:  Well, this is true, it is very accurate. Bilateral relations of all levels have been built over the last ten years. Also regarding cooperation for the exploitation of natural resources, as you know, with the participation of Cyprus. There are excellent bilateral relations in the field of cultural exchanges, and in the field of economy, with tourism being the prevailing factor.

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THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN GREECE, THE OLDEST COMMUNITY IN EUROPE Print E-mail
Friday, 05 May 2017 10:26

by VICTOR I. ELIEZER, EJP May 04, 2017

The first Greek Jew known by name was "Moschos, son of Moschion the Jew", a slave identified in an inscription dated approximately 300 - 250 B.C. found in Oropos, a small coastal town 40 klm from  Athens. It could be assumed that as a result of frequent Jewish movement through Greece,  a Jewish Community was eventually established. This community is believed to have grown further after the Hasmonean uprising (142 B.C.) when many Jews were sold into slavery in Greece. 

In the early Christian era, the fact that Paul the Apostle, upon his arrival in Greece, preached in the Jewish Synagogues in Athens, Corinth, Veria, Kavala (Philipus) gives proof of the existence of many Jewish Communities in this Country. These Greek Jews were known as Romaniote and had developed their own customs and language (Judeo-Greek). Remnants of this unique tradition survived to our days.

From the end of the 14th century Jewish refugees emigrated from Spain and Portugal to the Greek mainland and adjacent islands. Mainly in Thessaloniki, the Jews known as the Shephardim introduced their own language (Judeo-Espagnol) and customs. During the 16th-18th centuries, Thessaloniki had one of the largest Jewish communities in the World and a solid rabbinical tradition.

Today, the Jews in Greece are organized in eight active Jewish Communities. In Athens, with almost 3000 Jews, there are two synagogues and the Lauder elementary school. In Thessaloniki (Salonika), with 1000 Jews, there are two synagogues and one elementary school while another 1000 Greek Jews are living in six different cities, having a synagogue which is the center of the Jewish life, in Larissa, Chalkis, Volos, Corfu, Trikala, and Ioannina. There are also synagogues located in Greek cities where no Jewish Communities exist, as in the islands of Rhodes and Crete in Chania, which are open for visitors and special services for Yiamim Noraim and Pessach as well as weddings and Bar Mitsva. There are also two Jewish Museums, one in Athens which preserves the heritage of the Greek Jewry and one in Thessaloniki preserving the history of the local Community. The Holocaust Museum and Research center of Human rights is going to be opened in Thessaloniki in 2017 by the Municipality headed by the Mayor John Boutaris and the local Jewish community headed by David Saltiel. 

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NEW BLOODSHED IN THE MIDDLE EAST Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2015 11:38
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the repudiation of the Greek Jewry and condemns the arson attack carried out by Israeli extremists against two houses of Palestinians, an attack that resulted into the tragic death of an innocent baby and the serious injury of the parents.
 
We are confident that following immediate condemnation of this terrorist act by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in accordance to his orders the Israeli authorities will trace down and apprehend the terrorists and will bring them to justice.
Grief over the unjust loss of innocent lives is common for all people who stand against hatred and terror regardless of skin colour, ethnic origins or religion. During this period we all have the obligation –Jews, Christians and Muslims alike- to stand together and pray for the bloodshed to stop and for a just and lasting peace to be achieved in order to safeguard the peaceful coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians in two states for two people. 
Athens, July 31, 2015
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
MESSAGE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL FOR RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS GEORGE KALANTZIS TO THE CEO OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE DAVID HARRIS Print E-mail
Monday, 29 October 2018 14:55
"Dear David, shocked by the worst terrorist attack against Jews in the USA, I feel that our commitment to fight against antisemitism has to become more strong, more decisive and more persisting. This the only way to honor the victims and to minimize the possibility of one similar attack in the future.

Our prayers and our thoughts are for the victims and their families. I would like you to know that in your fair fight, you are not alone because this fight is also our own fight.

Respectfully
George

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