Helpful Links and Resources
The Jewish Museum of Greece
The official website of the Jewish Museum of Greece. Located in central Athens, the museum hosts a number of exhibits, educational programs, research initiatives, and tours devoted to telling the story of the Jews of Greece and encouraging tolerance for peoples of all religions and backgrounds.
Sephardic Studies Program - University of Washington
Partnering with community leaders, the Sephardic Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington aims to establish a world-renowned program for the study, teaching, and perpetuation of Sephardic culture and the Ladino language.
The Etz Hayyim Synagogue of Hania Crete
Until 1999 Etz Hayyim was a desecrated house of prayer that remained the sole Jewish monument on the Island of Crete after the destruction of our Jewish community in 1944. Essentially it stood as a monument to the success of the Nazis in obliterating 2,300 years of Jewish life on the island of Crete. From 1996 until the year of its re-dedication in 1999 the structure was painstakingly restored. The philosophy that directed this work is summed up in the Hebrew ‘Am Israel Hai’ – ‘The people of Israel live’. In 1996, the Synagogue was mentioned on the World Monument Fund’s list of most endangered sites, but today it stands as a vibrant statement of Jewish life, vitality and values.
Before the Flame Goes Out - An Exhibit on the Romaniote Jews of Greece
Information on the Before the Flame Goes Out Project, commemorating Romaniote Jewry, culture, and history throughout the ages. Includes photographs taken both at Kehila Kedosha Janina and of Romaniote Jews living in Greece today.
Sephardic Jews and the Holocaust: In Search of Uncle Salomon
A brief documentary by Prof. Devin Naar of the University of Washington's Sephardic Studies Program, Stroum Jewish Studies Department, and History Department explains the twist of fate that led him to piece together his own Sephardic Jewish family's experience in Salonica (Thessaloniki), Greece, during the Holocaust. His journey led him to the serious study of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and a new perspective on the stories that Jewish historians need to tell.
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