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Saturday, September 30, 2023

    The Jews of Greece: 2,300 Years of History and Tradition

    The exhibition was presented as part of the 53rd Frankfurt International Book Fair, whose guest of honour for the year 2001 was Greece. The exhibition took place in September and November 2001, on premises of the Jewish Museum of Frankfurt.

    The exhibition’s aim is to present elements of the two diverse Jewish traditions that flourished in Greece: the Romaniote one, of Greek-speaking Jews who settled in Greece since the 3rd century B.C., and the Sephardic one, introduced by refugees from Spain in the 15th century. Besides history, the exhibition also explores other aspects of Jewish life, such as religious tradition and architecture, everyday life, costumes, private worship, professions, language, arts and literature. The material is accompanied by explanatory texts.

    More than 55 original artefacts from the Museum?s collection are used to provide an authentic picture of this distinctive Mediterranean tradition. The exhibition also includes a continuous slide projection of pictures of Greek Jewish life in the 19th and 20th century together with a musical background of traditional songs from various Jewish Communities.