Table of Contents
 
Editorial 
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 

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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.

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