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Jews of Greece: 25 Centuries of Continuous Presence

The Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce, The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation, and American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece

present

Jews of Greece: 25 Centuries of Continuous Presence

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:00 pm
at the offices of
Norton Rose Fulbright
1301 6th Ave, New York City

Dr. Mimis Cohen, MD, FACS, FAAP, is a founding member of the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He will give a  presentation on the early interaction of the Greek and “Romaniote” Jewish communities around the Eastern Mediterranean, including the cross-fertilization of ideas which has had a significant and long-lasting impact on Western civilization and became the basis of Judeo-Christian culture. The history of Romaniote communities and their traditions and customs will be discussed as well as the influence from their non-Jewish neighbors in the development of a unique culture. Tragically 86% of the pre-war Jewish population of Greece perished during the Holocaust, including the Jews from the Romaniote communities.
Dr. Cohen was born and raised in Athens after the Second World War. His parents survived the Holocaust in Athens thanks to the courage of Greek Orthodox friends. A reception with Dr. Cohen will follow the program.
The program and reception are free of charge, but please note, due to building security requirements, only registered attendees will be admitted to this event. No walk-ins will be permitted.

2017 Holocaust Remembrance Day of the Greek Jewry

 

 

 

In the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios,

The Consul General of Greece in New York Dr. Konstantinos Koutras

Cordially invites you to the annual

Holocaust Remembrance Day of the Greek Jewry

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012

 

RSVP required to attend, Email: rsvp.nyc@mfa.gr

*Valid government issued ID required to enter the building

Light Reception following the event

SYNAGONISTIS (Brother-in-Arms)

 

As Greece prepares to mark the 76th Anniversary of its entry in World War II, after Mussolini’s invasion on October 28th, the country’s representatives in New York City, in close cooperation with AFJMG, launched a renewed exhibit of “Synagonistis”, at the Consulate General’s premises. It was a festive event, which started at 6:30 pm, on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.

The Consulate General’s premises were soon full to capacity by the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece and the diplomatic corps attending this event that has already made its tour in Washington, DC, Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA. Synagonistis is the story of hundreds of Greek Jews who took part in the Greek underground resistance on the mountains of Greece.

A little after 6.30 pm, Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, Consul General of Greece in New York, greeted the many visitors and, in his words of welcome, highlighted the significance of the event. In particular, he stressed the importance of remembering the sacrifice of people, forgotten for too long. They were both Jews and Christians, brothers -in-arms who, early in the occupation, joined

The fight against Fascism and the savage occupation it had imposed on Greece; against an ideology of racism and anti-Semitism that it sought to impose on Europe.

Dr. Koutras was followed by Rabbi Martin A. Cohen, Spiritual Leader of AFJMG. In a brief but powerful message, enriched with facts and figures, as well names of Jews who fought in the resistance, Rabbi Cohen underscored the scale and the diversity of Jewish participation in the resistance movements and the war effort in general; a signal contribution that was totally out of proportion to the size of Jewish communities in pre-war Greece.

After a musical interlude, which featured the renowned Ballad of Mauthausen, of Mikis Theodorakis, interpreted by Mr. P. Kordis and Mr. N. Antoniou, it was Mr. Solomon Asser’s turn to speak to the occasion. After thanking our Greek hosts, the President of AFJMG analyzed the salient traits of the Jewish contribution to the country’s massive effort during WWII. He added a personal note remembering the names of several family members, who joined in the resistance and fought either as doctors or as combatant. Furthermore, the president praised the Jewish Museum of Greece for its notable initiative in mounting this exhibit. One of the many facets of its output and outreach; which brings to light the history, traditions arts and culture, but also contribution of the Greek Jewish communities, certainly the oldest in the entire European Union.

Reception in Honor of Director Manoussos Manoussakis for his Movie “Cloudy Sunday”

American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece
in cooperation with
New York City Greek Film Festival
Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce
&
American Sephardi Federation

Cordially invite you to a Hors D ’Oeuvres and Wine Reception

 In Honor of Director Manoussos Manoussakis

For his Movie

CLOUDY SUNDAY (OUZERI TSITSANIS)

On Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

at

Directors Guild of America Theater

110 West 57th Street
(Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019

Immediately following the Reception, NYC Greek Film Festival will screen the Movie “Cloudy Sunday” at 2:00 PM

Reception is free for Ticket Holders

Movie Tickets may be purchased at the box office and through the NYC Greek Film Festival website: http://nycgreekfilmfestival.com

See the “Cloudy Sunday” movie poster

Form/Less by Maria Fragoudaki

 

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Form/Less
Maria Fragoudaki
Jewish Museum of Greece, Athens

Drawing from Plato’s “Theory of Forms”, the artist explores the ability of the senses to convey Ideas. Whereas in Plato’s Phaedo the senses are seen as an impediment to the understanding of truth, this exhibition is a study of our capacity to perceive through the senses. Thus, sense perception becomes an instrument of knowledge, and the physical, material objects become a manifestation of abstract Ideas.

Fragoudaki delves into the greater concept of materiality questioning what we see, what we feel and what we are able to understand. Through her interaction with the material she is trying to reveal Forms that are inherent to the objects, but hidden at first sight.  Once the artist interacts with materials, she becomes aware of what they are and their properties and often transforms them, challenging our notion of reality.

The works in this exhibition were inspired by artifacts from the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Greece. They express the artist’s interpretation of the tactile, material culture of two thousand years of Jewish history in Greece through stone, wood, paint, paper and textile objects.