Οn 22nd November 2011, the Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the Museum. His visit was part of an integrated effort to strengthen relations between Greece and Israel.
Τhe President of the BoD, Mr. Makis Matsas welcomed him and conveyed the greetings of the Director, who was attending the annual meeting of the Association of European Jewish Museums, held in London. Ms. Anastasia Loudarou, Head of the digitization program Judaica Europeana for the JMG, Archaeologist PhD Cand. in Ancient Jewish History and Epigraphy (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), guided him through the permanent exhibition, answered his questions and informed him on the JMG’s activities. Mr. Ayalon expressed his admiration upon hearing that the Jewish presence in Greece dates from the late antiquity and that makes it the oldest community in Europe, showing a particular interest for the infokiosk, installed in the Holocaust room. He also expressed his satisfaction for the rich collection of the Museum, its program and goals, as well as its collaborations with museums and organizations in Israel.
Mr. Ayalon was accompanied by the Ambassador of Israel in Athens, Mr. Arye Mekel.