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Moses Elisaf, first Jewish mayor in Greece, passes away at 68

The Mayor of Ioannina, Moses Elisaf, passed away at the age of 68 on Friday. The first Jewish mayor in Greece lost the battle against cancer. Moses Elisaf has been battling cancer for the last few months and his health has seriously deteriorated recently. The Municipality of Ioannina had announced …

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Jewish Community of Thessaloniki condemns “hideous vandalism” of monument inside campus

The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki condemned on Thursday condemned the vandalism of the monument constructed in 2014 inside the campus of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). In a statement the Jewish community asked the university authorities to not only to condemn the incident and to restore the monument but also …

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Van Gogh: Heirs of Jewish collector sue Goulandris Foundation, Met NY

The heirs of a Jewish collector who fled Germany in the 1930s claim that well-documented provenance issues with the painting “La cueillette des olives” by Vincent Van Gogh have been overlooked by the museum and the Greek foundation that now owns it. Vincent van Gogh, La cueillette des olives, 1889 …

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Jewish community in Greece express abhorrence over desecration of Jewish monuments

Greece’s Jewish community has expressed abhorrence over the recent desecration of several Jewish monuments in the country. The latest incident was the vandalism last Friday of the Thessaloniki Holocaust Memorial, where unknown assailants spray-painted the monument with the phrase, “With Jews you lose.” It is the third time in the …

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Turkey targets Greek Orthodox, Jewish & Armenian religious leaders

Τhe Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul has expressed its deepest concern after Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been targeted by a Turkish pro-islamist magazine. Magazine “Gerçek Hayat” has claimed that members of minority communities and Greek Orthodox and Jewish religious leaders were supporters of Fetullah Gulen, Ankara considers as the mastermind behind …

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Moses Elisaf: The city of Ioannina elects the first Jewish mayor in Greece

Moses Elisaf is the first Greek Jew ever elected as mayor in Greece. He was elected in the city of Ioannina, north-west Greece, once the heartland of Romaniote Jewish tradition. The  65 -year-old professor of medicine at the University of Ioannina Medical School ran as an independent candidate. He won …

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Vandals destroy several Jewish graves in Athens cemetery

Vandals have destroyed nine marble Jewish tombstones in the 3. Athens Cemetery in Nikaia on Friday night. The gravestones appear to have been kicked over and then smashed to pieces. A cemetery guard saw the destroyed graves and informed the police. “Antisemitism showed one of its faces,” general secretary for …

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