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    Bowl for ritual hand washing

    This pewter bowl from the JMG Judaica Collection is one of the few items from the Talmud Torah of Thessaloniki that survived its destruction by the Great Fire in 1917. The complex of the Talmud Torah Hagadol included a synagogue, schools and community institutions. According to the Ladino inscription...

    Advertising postcard

    The JMG recently received a donation of unique archival material from the Greek Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Thessaloniki, containing valuable information on various professional activities of the local Jewish Community, as this is depicted in the local press and in various legal documents. Among the archival contents,...

    Photograph of the Ioannina synagogue.

    The JMG Photographic Archive comprises a multitude of thematic categories pertaining to Jewish life in Greece from the early beginnings of the art of photography until our days. One of the recent acquisitions was this photograph depicting the exterior of the Kahal Kadosh Yashan of Ioannina. This present building...

    Megillah case

    Among the unique JMG collection of Esther Scrolls, there is this Megillah case decorated with silver filigree and provided with a small plaque, bearing the initials of its former owner, David Moses. This is non-other, than the well-known Rabbi David Angel of Larissa. In 1833, he was married to...

    Oil painting by Giulio Kaimi

    The Contemporary Art Collection of the JMG holds artworks created mainly by various Greek-Jewish artists, including a great part of the oeuvre of Giulio Kaimi (1897-1982), a painter and writer from Corfu. These sixteen artworks show his preference for realistic portrait sketches and oil paintings depicting outdoor scenes, memorizing...

    Shiviti manuscript

    Shiviti plaques are a category of Hebrew manuscripts with devotional and apotropaic character. This small-sized Shiviti manuscript was created by the Chief Rabbi of Athens Joseph de Chaves about 1910, to be kept between the pages of one’s prayer book. Such documents are inscribed with the Tetragrammaton, the ineffable...

    Τhe children of the Cohen family

    Dora, Zaddik, Louis and Rachel (from left to right), the children of the Cohen family from Xanthi, dressed up to have their picture taken at the local photographer’s studio in 1925. This family photo is one of the nostalgic glimpses into the prewar daily life of the once very...

    Resistance Fighters: Dr. Manolis Aruch

    Dr. Manolis Aruch was one of the most active partisan doctors during WW II, serving in the ranks of EAM. After the War, he contributed significantly to the herculean task of reviving the devastated Jewish Community of Athens. In this photograph, donated by his loving family, he stands against...

    The Archive of the Jewish Primary School of Athens

    The Archive of the 72nd Primary School of Athens constitutes a significant recent acquisition of the JMG, as it includes structured archival content, illuminating in detail the operation of the only public Jewish school in Athens, from the early 1930's until 1960. This is an exceptionally important source of...

    Μarble funerary plaque from Serres

    The JMG Collection of Architectural and Funerary Monuments holds this marble funerary plaque from the destroyed Jewish cemetery of Serres. The tombstone bears a nine-line Hebrew inscription in careful lettering, with characteristic apices on the letters. The plaque is decorated with the relief image of a Torah, indicative of...