Activities 2014

  • On 12th November 2014, the director of the J.M.G. participated in an event organized by the Greek Embassy in Tel-Aviv, at the Museum Beit Hatefutsot, where the exhibition of the J.M.G. “Hidden Children in Occupied Greece” was also presented.
  • On Wednesday 17th September 2014, the travelling version of the exhibition Synagonistis: Greek Jews in the National Resistance was inaugurated at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki. The exhibition was realized within the framework of a mutual program of co-operation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens and presents photographs, documents, letters, proclamations, resistance newspapers, original artefacts, weaponry and other relevant material will be presented to the public for the first time. The exhibition accompanies a bilingual catalogue while, director David Gavriilidis has produced a documentary film, which explores this subject engaging people, places and events. The permanent exhibition is also accompanied by specially designed educational programs for schools. On the night of the inauguration more than 70 people were present at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, while a press conference was give prior to the inauguration by Ms. Z. Battinou, director of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Mr. J. Chandrinos, Historian and Mr. D. Saltiel, president of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki.
  • The Jewish Museum of Greece participated in the International Museum Day on Sunday 18 May 2014, offering free admission and special tours and programs. More than 50 people attended the tour while more than 100 visited the Museum on that Day.
  • The Jewish Museum of Greece had the pleasure of launching its new Guide Book on Wednesday 30th April 2014. The launch was held in the Main building of Benaki Museum and attended by many distinguished guests and friends of the museum. The introductions given by Mrs Z Battinou, director of the JMG, Mr M Matsas, president of the Board of Directors of the JMG, and G Nathan, president of the Administrative Committee of the JMG’s Society of Friends, were followed by talks given by the main speakers, A Delivorrias, Director of Benaki Museum; M S Friedlander, Curator Judaica at the Jewish Museum of Berlin; A Efthymiou, Deputy Professor of History at the University of Athens; and S Zouboulakis, author. Each speaker talked about what the guide meant to him or her personally. But they all agreed that in the pages of the guide, the reader sees the whole 2300 years of the Jewish presence in Greece and discovers what no one has ever had such a broad view of before; a world that, despite the void left by the Holocaust, is meticulous in its handling of every little stone that makes up the mosaic of Greek Civilisation.
  • Events marking the passage of 70 years since the deportation and Holocaust of the city’s Jewish population were held in Ioannina from 28th to 30th March 2014.  Exhibitions, talks, film screenings, religious services in the Synagogue and musical events featured strongly on the well-furnished, three-day programme. The events were organized in conjunction with the Municipality of Ioannina; the Municipal Cultural Centre of Ioannina; the University of Ioannina; the Jewish Museum of Greece; and the Jewish Community of Ioannina; and were held under the auspices of the Canadian Embassy and the Embassies of the 22 countries that make up the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Events reached their height on Sunday 30th March 2014 with protest messages against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
  • On 22 January 2014, a Memorandum of Cooperation between the General Secretariat of Religion of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religion and the Jewish Museum of Greece was signed in Athens. The memorandum promotes the cooperation between the contributing parties in issues that concern Jewish religion, the history of the Greek Jewry, their cultural traditions and preservation thereof, and their contributions to Greek society and culture. It aims to contribute to the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust and to combat anti-Semitism and racism, to support the training of educators in teaching about the Holocaust in Greek schools, and to organize activities which promote greater sensitivity of the citizens in these issues. Furthermore, the memorandum provides scientific advisory support by the Jewish Museum of Greece to the General Secretariat of Religion on issues regarding the research or the programs and capacities of the Jewish Museum of Greece in general.