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THE GREEK JEWRY CONDEMNS ARSON ATTACK ON GREEK ORTHODOX SEMINARY IN JERUSALEM
Following the arson attack on the Greek Orthodox Dormition Abbey of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. The President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Mr. Moses Constantinis had a telephone conversation with Patriarch Theophilos whom he assured of the Greek Jewry’s solidarity. Mr. Constantinis also condemned this hideous arson attack, as well as all fanatic elements regardless of origins. The letter to the Greek Orthodox Partiarch of Jerusalem reads:

“Your Beatitude,

We were informed of the arson attack on the Greek Orthodox Seminary of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The Greek Jewry whole heartedly stands by you and condemns this violent act against the historic Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

We are sure that the Authorities do their utmost to trace down, arrest and punish the culprits, as appropriate to all those who commit hate crimes, most importantly when they target religious institutions. We stand against such fanaticism that aims at driving mankind into the darkness, and we confront it together with Your Beatitude and all Christians, Muslims and Jews alike, by promoting the light of love, understanding and respect of diversity”.

Athens, February 27, 2015
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACKS IN DENMARK

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece strongly condemns the terror attacks in Copenhagen that once more targeted the freedom of speech and the Jews alike.

The Greek Jewry expresses its outrage and sorrow over the fact that innocent people, among whom our coreligionists, have once again been the victims of fanaticism, bigotry and anti-Semitism.

The policy of the rhetoric condemnation of such phenomena by itself does  not provide either sufficient or efficient confrontation of the issue. The State, the Church, the Institutions and the social factors in our country have the moral obligation to undertake coordinated and multy-faced efforts which must combine measures for the immediate prevention with long-term projects. To this end we stress the important role of Education and Culture.

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BRITISH EMBASSY COMMEMORATES THE INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorated worldwide on 27 January, the British Embassy co-organised with the Jewish Community in Thessaloniki a series of events in memory of the Jews of Thessaloniki victims and survivors of the Holocaust, on 24 January 2015. The events were under the auspices of the UK International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Chairmanship which the UK assumed in February 2014.

Joined by the President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel, the British Ambassador John Kittmer laid a wreath on behalf of the members and observers of IHRA at a ceremony that took place at the Holocaust Memorial. Earlier on the day, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Greece received a tour at the Jewish Museum and historic sites in Thessaloniki, such as the ‘Monastiriotes’ Synagogue, the Baron Hirsch neighbourhood near the Railroad Station, where the city’s Jews were deported from to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, and the University, the site of the old Jewish Cemetery.

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AJC CONGRATULATES SYRIZA LEADER ON GREEK ELECTIONS VICTORY Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 13:58

January 26, 2015 -- New York -- AJC congratulated Alexis Tsipras, head of the Syriza political party, which convincingly won Greece’s national elections yesterday. Tsipras will serve as prime minister in the next government, succeeding Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

“Greece continues to face enormous economic and social challenges that will engage the incoming government from day one. We wish the new leaders success, hoping they will continue the country's principal orientation toward the European Union,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Moreover, in recent years, Greece has built strong, mutually beneficial ties with Israel, and fostered closer quadrilateral relations among the United States, Israel, Cyrpus and itself, which we also trust will remain a pillar of Greece's international outlook.”

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STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE on the result of the Greek Elections Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2015 13:40
The General National elections held in Greece on January 25, 2015, resulted in the victory of the SYRIZA party of the Left, and positioned the neonazi party of Golden Dawn in the third place, after having gained the 6.3% of the vote. In the aftermath of the elections, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Mr. Moses Constantinis, from Krakow, where he arrived today as part of the Greek National Delegation, which will attend tomorrow the ceremony in Auschwitz marking the International Holocaust Remembrance, made the following statement:

“We congratulate SYRIZA, the winning party of yesterday’s elections, and convey our best wishes. The Greek Jewish Community, the oldest in Europe and an integral part of the Greek society, has always supported the national struggles and has contributed to the progress of the country and will continue to do so by supporting the next government, in confidence that stability will be consolidated and development will continue so that the country fully overcomes the crisis.

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GREEK OFFICIAL REFUTES CHARGE THAT JEWS DON’T PAY TAXES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:58

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — A Greek government official has been forced to clarify that Greek Jews do pay taxes and have the same obligations as every citizen.

“Greek citizens of Jewish faith pay their tax normally like all Greeks and do not enjoy any exemption or extra burden because of their religion,” said Giorgos Kalantzis, the Education Ministry’s general secretary for religion.

Last month, right-wing politician Panos Kammenos said in a television interview that Jews don’t pay taxes.

Kalantzis said he felt compelled to speak out publicly as the accusations by Kammenos had become a part of “the public debate and, mainly, on the dark side of the Internet.”

Kalantzis said widespread reports that Jews paid fewer taxes were “conspiracy theories, lies and slander,” the Kathimerini newspaper reported.

The issue of tax avoidance is a heated topic in Greece, where widespread tax evasion has been blamed as a leading cause of Greece’s economic troubles.

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NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KIS Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:15

As of January 12, 2015, there is a new Board of Directors at the leadership of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), as per the decision reached at the General Assembly of the Representatives of the Jewish Communities of Greece in June 2013.  

Mr. Moses Constantins will once again lead KIS, the umbrella organization of the Greek Jewry, after having served as Secretary General from 1991 to 1997 and as the Board’s President from 1998 to 2010.

The new Board of Directors of KIS is the following:

President: Moses CONSTANTINIS

1st Vice President: Moissis (Morris) MAGRIZOS

2nd Vice President: Solomon PARENTE

Secretary General: Mordochai (Marcel) SOLOMON

General Treasurer: Solon (Makis) MAISSIS

Deputy Secretary General: Moissis ELISSAF

Deputy Treasurer: Isac MAIR

Members: Benjamin ALBALAS, Nachman (Manos) ALCHANATIS, Victor Isaac ELIEZER, Daniel BENADOUT, Zacharias SOUSSIS. 

Deputy Members: Aaron AVDELAS, Isaac (Sakis) LEON, Ezdras BAKOLAS.

 
TERROR ATTACKS IN PARIS #Je suis CHARLIE #Je suis Juif Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:38

Following the terrorist attacks by jihadists in Paris at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015 and at the Kosher hyper market on January 9, 2015,  the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Antonis Samaras joined the forty-four world leaders who took part in the largest demonstration in the history of France , which was held in Paris on Sunday January 11, 2015.   

Similar demonstrations took place in many towns across the world, such as the rally organized by the Municipality of Thessaloniki in the White Tower, which gathered large crowds of people. 

Letters of solidarity were sent to the President of CRIF expressing the Greek Jewry’s outrage and support by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), the Jewish Community of Athens and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki.

The immediate past president of KIS Mr. Benjamin Albalas attended the funeral of the four Jews who were killed in the Kosher hyper market in Paris held in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015.

 
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