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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

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
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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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.

 
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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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE FOR THE DESECRATION OF THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF LARISSA Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 12:44
On December 23rd, 2014, the Jewish Cemetery of Larissa was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti signed by “Larissa Skins”. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following Press Release:  
 
"The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the Jewish Community of Larissa, and the Greek Jewry express their sorrow and indignation and strongly condemn the desecration of the Jewish cemetery of Larissa with swastikas, threats such as “six million more” and anti-Semitic phrases similar to those used by the Nazi to exterminate the Jews of Europe. 

The desecration of a cemetery, which is a holy place for all religions, is not only an insult to the memory of our dead brothers, but also an insult to the culture of our country and the city of Larissa.
We call upon the Justice, the Municipal and State authorities to take all the necessary measures to apprehend and punish those responsible and also to protect the Jewish holy places in our country, in order to avoid repetition of such phenomena.

We also expect the representatives of the State and the Civil Society, to come forward and express a strong and determined condemnation of this specific act as well as of any act of anti-Semitism. 
 
Anti-semitism is not only a threat to Jews, but it is also a threat to our Democracy.
 
24th December 2014
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
 
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.

 
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE FOR THE TERRORIST ATTACK AGAINST THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Friday, 12 December 2014 13:53
 
After the terrorist strike against the Embassy of Israel in Athens early this morning, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent the following letter to the Ambassador of Israel in Athens, Mrs Irit Ben Aba: 
 
“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes to express to you, to all the diplomats of the State of Israel who serve in Greece, as well as to the employees of the Embassy, the Greek Jewry’s support to the Embassy of Israel in Athens regarding the terrorist attack against the Embassy early this morning.
 
We are confident that this terrorist strike, in no way, reflects the feelings of the Greek citizens towards the people of Israel and that it will not withhold the will of the two states, Greece and Israel, to continue developing the bilateral relations of cooperation for the benefit of both peoples.
 
Terrorism, from which the people of Israel have brutally suffered, attempts to strike the Greek society, as well as democracy in Greece. We express our certainty that the Greek law enforcement authorities will make every effort to arrest the terrorists for the safety of the Greek citizens, as well as of the millions of visitors to our country”.


December 12, 2014
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE
 
 
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