“The Jewish Community of Ioannina– The Memory of Artefacts” and ”Joseph Eligia, the Poet of the Lake”

The Jewish Museum of Greece inaugurated its periodic exhibitions “The Jewish Community of Ioannina– The Memory of Artefacts” and “Joseph Eligia, the Poet of the Lake” on Monday 23rd January 2017.
The two exhibitions are realised within the framework of the new, three-year programme of the J.M.G. with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, which continuously, consistently and successfully supports the Museum’s work.

The attendees had the pleasure to admire authentic objects from the J.M.G. collections, which are presented to the public for the first time, but also with unique artefacts kindly loaned by private individuals and discover the historical aspects regarding the daily life of the old Romaniote Community of Ioannina, combining the information with photographic material.

Furthermore, the visitors had the opportunity to become acquainted with the era, the life and the work of the great scholar and poet from Ioannina, Joseph Eligia and develop a reciprocal dialogue with him, based on the poems and the translations of the holy texts, which he bequeathed us.

The director of the JMG Ms. Zanet Battinou welcomed the attendees, whilethe President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Mr. Moissis  Elisaf, who opened the exhibition, and the President of the JMG’s BoD, Mr. Samuel (Makis) Matsas delivered short addresses.  Afterwards, Ms. Zanet Battinou presented the musicians that filled the Museum with traditional songs and music from Ioannina.

The event was attended by the Ambassadors of Israel and the Czech Republic, and representatives of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens.

The aim of the periodic exhibitions and the related cultural activities is to present the public with elements from the life and traditions of one of the smaller, but yet oldest Jewish communities in Greece, and also to explore its individual and collective contribution to the enrichment of the local urban and social transformations.

The exhibitions are accompanied by a bilingual catalogue, as well as educational programmes specially designed for students.

The exhibitions will be hosted by the Jewish Museum of Greece from January 23 until September 25, 2017.
For more information and printed/photographic material you may contact the Jewish Museum of Greece at 39 Nikis St., 105 57 Athens, telephone: 210 – 32 25 582, e-mail: [email protected]– Working hours: Monday– Friday 09:00 – 14:30.