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  7th & 8th October 2011

Makis Matsas, JMG President receives awards at Yiannena

On 8th October 2011, after the holiday of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Community of Ioannina organized an event in honor of Mr. Moisi Konstantinis, former President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, and Mr. Makis Matsas, President of the Jewish Museum in Greece, for their great contribution to the Greek Jewry.
During the official dinner the president of the community Mr. Moisi Elisaf, in his speech, spoke about the work of the honorees, while short presentations of their resumes where given afterwards. Both Mr. Konstantinis and Mr. Matsas expressed their sincere gratitude and talked about their bond with the Community of Ioannina and about their deep feelings for the distinction they received. The evening ended with a musical event, which included some of Minos Matsas’s most famous songs.

Furthermore, the Municipal Council of the City of Ioannina, gave the family of Makis Matsas an award, for their contribution to the Greek music and culture. Present at the ceremony was Mr. Makis Matsas, his wife and their son, Minos Matsas, named after his grandfather, who was founder of the music company. The Mayor, Mr. Filios, praised in his speech the achievements of the family in the promotion of the music industry and of specific performers, during a particularly difficult time, as well as the contribution of the honoree to the Jewish Community of Ioannina. In response, Mr. Matsas, talked about Ioannina and the particular place the city holds in his heart. He also referred to his volunteer activities, placing his involvement with the work of the Jewish Museum at the top. The achievements of the family were also praised by Mr. Nikos Gontas, who proposed to the council to re-examine the issue of naming a street after Minos Matsas, choosing a more central street of the city of Ioannina, namely one parallel to Gennimata Street. Finally, the Mayor asked for Mr. Matsa’s cooperation and support in view of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the liberation of the City of Ioannina in 2013, a request to which the award recipient responded: “With the greatest of pleasure!”. 


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