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  • The 2004 Olympics Ladino, Borekas and Coffee: Greek Jews Have a Niche in U.S.

    When Marion Crespi was a young girl, she had a hard time convincing other Jews that she was Jewish. “My mother’s friends would call me ‘Italianika,’ the Italian girl,” says Crespi, 75. “They thought we were Italian because our names ended in vowels and we didn’t speak Yiddish.” Crespi’s family was not alone. By 1924,… More ▸

  • The 2004 Olympics Some Trivia to Know About Greek Jewish History

    Following are some facts about Greek Jewry: Earliest known Jewish settlement in Greece: Third Century B.C.E. Estimated number of Jews in Greece on eve of World II: 77,000 Estimated number of Jews in Greece today: 5,000 Most important “Jewish city” in Greece: Salonika Number of Greek Jews who arrived in North America between 1908 and… More ▸

  • As Olympics Near, Greek Journalist Accuses Jews of Muzzling Free Speech

    A prominent Greek journalist has accused Greek Jews of being puppets of the Israeli government and of censoring criticism of what he calls “fascist” Israeli policies. Kostas Betinakis, a former foreign editor of the Ta Nea newspaper, Greece’s largest, made his comments on his news Web site. The incident raises the issue of anti-Semitism in… More ▸

  • Jewish Group Slams Greek Exhibit That Glorifies Female Suicide Bomber

    A Jewish group is threatening to call for a boycott of the 2004 Olympics if an art exhibition that allegedly glorifies Palestinian suicide bombings is allowed to proceed in Athens. An embroidery montage in an exhibit called “Body Milk,” scheduled to open Oct. 20, shows a pregnant woman pushing a cart down a supermarket aisle…. More ▸

  • Europe’s Young Jews Argue, Party at Beach-side Gathering in Greece

    Bring 420 young Jews from 32 countries to a beach in Greece, and you’ll get a mix of two things: partying and arguing. At an event unlike any other in Europe, hundreds of young European Jewish students, aged 18 to 30, gathered recently for the celebratory European Jewish “Summer University” — an annual week of… More ▸

  • Report Cites Rising Anti-semitism in Greek Media Reports of Intifada

    Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Greece, according to a new report. The Greek Helsinki Monitor, a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, said in the report that since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more than two years ago, “blatant anti-Semitism” has been expressed in the Greek media “by… More ▸

  • Greek City About to Be Invaded by Jews from Around the World

    The Greek city of Salonika is about to take on a distinctly Jewish flavor. Some 3,000 Israeli basketball fans are expected to descend on the Northern port city for the European final four basketball tournament April 18-20. The fans are coming to watch the Maccabi Tel Aviv team, a tournament participant. Airline tickets from Israel… More ▸

  • Israeli Team in Greece to Help Rescue Trapped Quake Victims

    An Israeli military rescue unit has arrived in Athens to help rescue people trapped in the rubble of the earthquake that shook Athens on Tuesday. Israel had offered its services soon after the quake occurred, but was waiting for a green light from the Greek government. From the time the 73-member team arrived Thursday, it… More ▸