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Jewish heritage projects in progress in Greece - 6.98
|The year 1997, marked by the celebration
of Salonika as the Cultural Capital of Europe, was also very
unique to Greek Jewry: no less than four new museums were established or
renovated in Athens, Salonika (2), and Rhodes, three synagogues were in
a process of conservation in Veroia, Hania, and Rhodes, an exhibition was
opened for the first time on the synagogues of Salonika in Greece and the
United States, a long due Holocaust monument was unveiled in Salonika,
and the conservation of the historic cemetery and museum in Halkida are
An effort was undertaken in Ioannina, recently, towards the preservation of the important Romaniote Jewish history and heritage of the city. This effort was initiated by a group of Athenian Jews of Ioannina decent, who established the Society of the Romaniotes Friends of the Jewish Museum of Ioannina. The goal of this society is the establishment of a Jewish Museum in Ioannina.
The Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, in Sacramento, CA, in cooperation with the Foundation for Hellenic Culture, in New York, is organizing for the spring of 1999, the large scale traveling exhibition "Between Two Worlds: European and Ottoman Influences on the Architecture of Greek Synagogues" to be opened at the West Coast and other venues in the United States.
Finally, we are focusing our efforts on the conservation of the synagogue in Veroia: the implementation work is scheduled to start in the fall, 1998. Please write to Kol haKEHILA if you wish to support the conservation of this important Jewish monument.
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