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INTERVIEW WITH CAROL GORDON ON “SHIRA’S JOURNEY” Print E-mail
Monday, 16 November 2020 09:57
In September 2013, an Australian team travelled to Greece to shoot a documentary focusing on the Greek Jews – their rich history, the impact of the Holocaust on them as well as their present-day existence. The documentary is based on an original screenplay written by Carol Gordon who also directed the film together with Natalie Cunningham. “Following Shira’s Journey: A Greek Jewish Odyssey” premiered at the Delphi Bank 21st Greek Film Festival in Melbourne on October 26, 2014 and it has been screened at Film festivals worldwide since then. An integral part of this project are the photos captured by Emmanuel Santos; they were featured in a major exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne in 2017.

Carol Gordon answered some questions for the Against Antisemitism blog about this remarkable project.

Your multi-faceted project is based on intense research. How did you first become interested in Greek Jewish Communities?

I grew up in South Africa in a traditional Jewish household. I knew about the Greek Jews from Rhodos because many of them came to South Africa before the war. I also knew vaguely about Jews in Thessaloniki because I had read a book that mentioned the community. South Africa was also home to a very large Greek Orthodox community so we had many Greek friends and they often told me information about the Jews of Greece that I’d never heard of before. After school I travelled to Greece and felt a very strong connection there, resulting in me going back a few times. With each trip I learned more about the many Greek Jewish communities that had existed there. I became determined to find out as much as I could and to document this very unknown history – particularly the devastating effect of the Holocaust on the Greek Jewish communities. It is only in the past ten years that much more information has come out into the public domain. It took me around thirty years of researching until I felt I had enough to write the screenplay and do the documentary.

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ANNUAL KADDISH FOR JEWS BURIED IN ARAB COUNTRIES Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 November 2020 14:31

The European Jewish Congress would like to invite you and your community to take part in the Kaddish Initiative – For Global Jewish Solidarity and Unity.

In 2014, the State of Israel passed a law to officially make November 30th a Day to Commemorate the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from Arab Countries and Iran, a date which is now marked by Jewish communities worldwide.

Over the last few years, prominent members of Jewish communities in Europe and North America have been calling for Kaddish and an Azkara to be recited in communities and synagogues across the world in remembrance of Jews buried in inaccessible cemeteries in Arab countries.

This year, Jewish organisations, communities and other Jewish institutions of all backgrounds are called to say these prayers on the closest Shabbat to the Day of Commemoration which is Saturday, 28th November, in remembrance and in solidarity with the Jews from the Middle East and North Africa who cannot say them in the presence of their departed family members, since many of the cemeteries remain inaccessible.

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EJC PRESIDENT KANTOR APPLAUDS OVERDUE DECISION BY FACEBOOK TO BAN HOLOCAUST DENIAL Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:54

(Monday, October 12, 2020) – European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor has welcomed the decision by Facebook to ban Holocaust denial or distortion, and to better inform the public about the Holocaust. 

“This is a long overdue but an important decision,” Dr. Kantor said. “Holocaust denial is not legitimate debate and is only used as an expression of hatred for Jews, so this decision is not about anything except limiting hate and antisemitism.”

Dr. Kantor, who is also the President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation, welcomed concerted efforts by governments, IT companies and civil society to counter the proliferation of online hatred conspiracy myths and Holocaust denial.

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SIGN THE WJC PLEDGE TO STAND WITH GLOBAL JEWRY AGAINST ANTISEMITISM, HATRED, VIOLENCE AND EXTREMISM Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 July 2020 07:34

During this urgent moment of global crisis, I recognize that Jewish communities everywhere were already endangered by the shocking rebirth of antisemitic hatred. Today, it is clear that antisemitic extremists and white nationalists are taking full advantage of a unique public health struggle to find and spread new ways to threaten and attack Jews.

As a dedicated member of the World Jewish Congress and a proud member of the global Jewish community, I will never be silent in the face of hatred and bigotry whenever and wherever they rear their ugly head. At this most difficult time, I reaffirm my steadfast solidarity with world Jewry and the state of Israel.

No matter the threats, I will never accept or allow antisemitism, in any of its pernicious forms, to become “the new normal.” I will stand united and resolute with Jews around the world to hold back the resurgence of hatred, violence and extremism.

ADD YOUR NAME. SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE.

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SILICON "KILADA" Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 June 2020 10:05

“Do what Israel’s doing” is a phrase I keep hearing from Greeks and foreigners who know how things stand in Greece, who love the country and think it’s staring at a major opportunity. They say it every time the Israeli prime minister says he can double Greece’s gross domestic product in a couple of years if it just sent over a few of its fine minds.

What does Greece have in common with Israel? We both have large diaspora communities with strong bonds to their countries. We have great minds both inside and outside the country who are distinguishing themselves in the sciences, in business and in technology. We both face major national security threats and need to develop a cutting-edge defense industry.

What has Israel done right? Its government took the initiative to start its own Silicon Valley, or Silicon Wadi. It introduced tax incentives and pledged to match every dollar invested in state-of-the-art technology. It instituted cooperation between the educational system and new entrepreneurship and it bonded this sector to the defense industry. The results, as we all know, have been impressive.

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