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Monday, 22 April 2019 11:02

On the occasion of the Jewish festivity of Passover, the Jewish Community of Athens organized, the traditional Seder of Pessach, on Saturday April 20, 2019, at the events’ hall of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. 

The leadership of the Ministry that kindly offered the venue, was represented by the Minister of Education Mr. Kostas Gavroglou and the Secretary General for Religious Affairs Mr. George Kalantzis. The Seder was also attended by Archimandrite Dionysios, representative of the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymos. Approximately 350 members of the Athens Jewish Community, under the guidance of the Rabbi of Athens Gabriel Negrin, read and recited the Haggadah, the narration of the Exodus from Egypt, which is linked to the festivity of Pessach. 

The President of the Athens Jewish Community, Minos Moissis, in his address, pointed out inter alia: “Pessach, which coincides with spring and the time of the rebirth of nature, is the narration of the struggle of a people fighting for freedom and dignity. We are here to proclaim that the struggle for freedom never ends. We are here to remember all people who fought or fight for their freedom, for their dignity”.   M. Moissis addressed wishes to all Christian fellow citizens for their great holyday of Resurrection and Hope and called for the prayers of all people to be united because their messages are ecumenical and celebrate human values.

Education Minister Gavroglou, in his address, wished to the Jews of Greece and the whole world Happy Pessach and stressed the festivity’s highly symbolic message for the freedom of peoples from the contemporary sufferings of oppression of human rights and racism. The Minister expressed the commitment of the State to the Jewish Community’s efforts for the continuity of education and tradition to the next generation.

The Jewish Community of Athens thanks the leadership of the Ministry for the warm hospitality of the festivity of Pessach in their premises.


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