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


On Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm


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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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.

Yom Kippur in Ioannina

Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th of October 2016
An invitation from Annette B. Fromm, Ph.D. on behalf of the Jewish Community of Ioannia         

Dear friends,

During the last few years, thanks to your support, the celebration of Yom-Kippur in our town has developed into a heartwarming meeting: Jews from Greece (Athens, Salonica and the other Greek Communities), as well as from Israel, the USA and other countries, live an overwhelming experience in our city’s historical Synagogue, one of the most important monuments of Greek Judaism. At the same time, our co-religionists, with their dynamic presence, reinforce our efforts to maintain our age-old cultural heritage.  We would like to thank you for your wholehearted moral and financial support, and invite you to join us in celebrating Yom-Kippur in Ioannina, on Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th of October 2016, in order to honor together the greatest holiday of Judaism, with the reverence and the brightness it deserves.  For your information, on Tuesday afternoon, 11th of October, our beloved rabbi and cantor, Mr. Haim Ischakis, will perform memorial services (hashkavot) at the Jewish Cemetery as well as a memorial service for the victims of the Holocaust, followed by Kaddish prayer. The services will start at 01:30p.m. On the same evening, after the Kol Nidre ceremony at the Synagogue, a special memorial service will be held for the Israeli soldiers, fallen during Yom Kippur War, in October 1973.  On the evening of Wednesday, 12th of October, after the end of fasting and the blowing of the oldest Shofar in Greece, our community will treat its members and all the guests to a festive dinner, which will be held at the Du Lac Hotel.

During it, we will honor a prominent member of the Ioanniote Diaspora, Professor Mimis Cohen , whose roots are  from Ioannina and is Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois, Chicago. At the same time, we will honor the last survivors from the concentration camps who were born in Ioannina and were expelled from our city. Like it did last year, the Community will cover the cost of a 50-seater coach for the transportation of the travelers from Athens. At the same time, as we always do, we will try to get the best possible rates for our city’s hotels.    Dear friends, we are certain that, this year as well, you will show your great support to our Community, which although small, is in fact very active, and tries very hard to preserve what was left from the Nazi raid and the loss of 91% of its population. Your presence will give us great joy, as well as the necessary strength to continue our difficult work.   Come to Ioannina, to enjoy the unsurpassed melody of a genuine Romaniote service! Plan in time your trip, and spread the word to your friends.

Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible to Mr. Moses Elissaf, President of the Community (+30/693.2476.665) or to Mrs. Allegra Matsa (+30/697.7405.744) or to the offices of the Community (+30/26510.25195). In that way, we will have the time to organize Wednesday’s event and festive dinner in a most impeccable way. On our part, we promise you to do our best in order to facilitate your stay in our beautiful city.

We are expecting you!

Jewish Community of Ioannina