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Preserving the Architecture of Historic Cities and Sacred Sites
World Bank Symposium, Washington, DC by Dr. Elias V. Messinas, AssocAIA
A First-Time Traveler's Impressions of Jewish Sites in Greece by Dr. Judith Mazza
State of the Jewish Partimony (and why not Matrimony?) of Europe by Dr. Samuel D. Gruber
Yad Vashem - Pages of Testimony from www.yadvashem.org.il/pot/form_en.html
Synagogue in Hania, Crete - Update by Nicholas Hannan-Stavroulakis
Memorial to the Jews of Hania, Crete by Nicholas Hannan-Stavroulakis
PASHAS Organization by Sam Negrin
Association of Friends of Greek Jews by Marcia Haddad-Ikonomopoulos
Salonika Synagogues Exhibition Yad Vashem Valley of the Communities, Jerusalem
General Assembly of European Council of Jewish Communities/Heritage by Ruth Zilkha
Become a partner in the preservation of the Jewish monuments of Greece
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Editorial by Elias V. Messinas
Welcome to the anniversary issue of Kol haKEHILA! Kol haKEHILA is celebrating one year of publication, marked with growth, increasing interest and warm support from its readers. This year was also marked with an increasing interest in the preservation of sacred sites, documentation of religious buildings, and growing support for the preservation of the Jewish monuments of Greece. We thank all our dedicated readers, all our dedicated supporters, and all of you who have contributed with articles, research, and in-situ work towards the preservation of the precious, though, endangered, Jewish heritage of Greece. We welcome all our new subscribers.
Kol haKEHILA makes every possible effort to follow current developments in preservation, conservation and documentation of sacred sites worldwide, especially, the work undertaken, or scheduled for Greece. For example, on May 3-6, 1999, the symposium Preserving the Architecture of Historic Cities and Sacred Places took place in Washington, DC, sponsored by the World Bank. This important meeting gathered experts from around the globe to address, for the first time under the auspices of a prestigious international institution, the question of economic development together with cultural preservation. Among the conservation projects in Europe, North and South America, the East, and the Far East, a special section was dedicated to the preservation of Jewish heritage, organized by the Center for Jewish Art in Jerusalem, where an update of the progress of the conservation efforts of the synagogue in Veroia, northern Greece, was presented. More details on this symposium later in this issue.
Increased interest in the Jewish heritage of Greece has also resulted in increasing activity towards its preservation. Kol haKEHILA is supporting all these efforts and wishes to become the common platform for them to be heard, to become known, to be supported. In this issue, we present two organizations in the United States, that have been created in the past, for the purpose of preserving the Greek Sephardi and Romaniot traditions, not only in Greece, but abroad as well: PASHAS and the Association of Friends of Greek Jews.
In this issue Dr. Judith Mazza is offering the readers of Kol haKEHILA her first-time travelerís impressions of Jewish sites in Greece. An overview of the International Conference on Jewish Heritage of Europe that took place in Paris in January 1999, is presented by Dr. Samuel Gruber, and an update on the conservation of the synagogue of Hania, Crete by Nicholas Stavroulakis.
In this issue our readers will find a copy of the Page of Testimony issued by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, in support of the effort of that institution to collect, by the end of this year, the remaining 3 million names of annihilated parents, siblings, relatives, and friends, who perished in the Holocaust. Kol haKEHILA is inviting all our readers to disseminate this documents to anyone who has lost someone dear in the Holocaust, fill it out, and return it either to Kol haKEHILA, or directly to Yad Vashem (address enclosed on the page of testimony).
We remind our readers that Kol haKEHILA is available online, at the site of the European Sephardic Institute, courtesy of Moise Rahmani, editor of Los Muestros. Kol haKEHILA extends its gratitude to the European Sephardic Institute for its hospitality! Please visit Kol haKEHILA online at www.sefarad.org
Finally, we thank Prof. Carol Krinsky for her dedicated input to Kol haKEHILA, all our readers who contributed to this issue, and all our friends who have made this effort possible with their support.