The Jews of Greece: From Antiquity to the Present; 3-Part-Series Hosted by SHIN-DC, Embassy of Greece, Embassy of Israel

Date(s) - Thursday, November 5, 2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us for a 3-part lecture series by Rachel Velelli Glaser on ‘The Jews of Greece: From Antiquity to the Present’ hosted by SHIN-DC, the Embassy of Greece and the Embassy of Israel. PART I (Oct 22, 7:30-8:30PM EDT) – Jew Meets Greek: An Overview of the History of Greek Jewry; PART II (Oct 29, 7:30-8:30PM EDT) – The Holocaust Years: How My Family Survived; PART III (Nov 5, 7:30-8:30PM EST) – Customs and Rituals of Greek Jews: A Celebration of Family, Holidays and Culture.

Oct 22 – Opening Remarks from Tammy Ben-Haim, Minister for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC (who also previously served as Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Greece). Oct 29 – Opening remarks from H.E. Alexandria Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the USA.

RSVP (Free) for Zoom Info: WWW.SHINDC.ORG/SHINSBN/GreekJews2020
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In this 3-part series, we will explore the little-known story of the Jews of Greece, including a fascinating history, the blend of Greek and Jewish cultures, changes through the ages, the tragedy and challenges of the Holocaust years, and the unique culture of Greek Jewry as represented through music, food, customs and ritual.
Rachel is an educator who was born in Patras, Greece and emigrated to the United States with her parents and 3 older siblings in 1956 at the age of 8. Although missing their life in Greece, the Velelli family was grateful for the opportunity to have a new start in America, following all of the sadness and personal losses they suffered during the Holocaust. In America, Rachel became active in Jewish life and has dedicated her career to formal and informal Jewish education. The Baltimore Center for Jewish Education recognized Rachel’s lifelong dedication to Jewish life and education with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Rachel is an esteemed member of SHIN-DC.
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