Historical Information

Biography of Leon Betsikas

Historical Information

On 3 March 1917 – one hundred years ago – Leon Betsikas was born in Hania. As a member of the Hania Jewish community he lived with his family near the Etz Hayyim Synagogue in the old town of Hania. While details of his life...

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First Haircut for a male child

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The ritual cutting of the hair of a male child is a very ancient custom and is one that Jews, Christians, Muslims and members of other ancient religions share in common. In could be said that there is something 'Noahic' about it as it is so ancient...

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First Bat Mitzvah in Crete…

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Letter from London – The first Bat Mitzvah in 2,000 years By Antony Lerman  |  12/08/2010 As the last of our family and friends leave the old Venetian port city of Hania, Crete, after witnessing and celebrating with us the Bat Mitzvah of our daughter in the...

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Ner Tamid

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The Ner Tamid in our synagogue was installed in 2000 when the synagogue was rededicated.  For me, at least, it was not what I had hoped for, despite being from the 17th century and with its original silver chains.  I had hoped that it would have...

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American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Condemns Continued Anti-Semitic Attacks

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Ενώνω τον αποτροπιασμό μου με αυτόν των άλλων Ahepans και αξιοπρεπών Ελλήνων που καταδικάζουν αυτή τη χυδαία πράξη. Ακολουθεί το Δ.Τ. της ΑΧΕΠΑ Αμερικής. Τέτοιες πράξεις δεν εκφράζουν τους Ελληνες και τον Ελληνισμό που δίδαξε τη Φιλοξενία στα πέρατα του Κόσμου. Κρίμα που ο κάθε ανισόρροπος...

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Petition to the Greek Parliament: Για τον εμπρησμό της συναγωγής των Χανίων

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Ψήφισμα για τον εμπρησμό της συναγωγής Χανίων, απευθύνεται στο ελληνικό κοινοβούλιο. Το εξέδωσαν ιστορικοί, κοινωνικοί επιστήμονες στις 17.01.2010 στη ΔΙΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΗΣ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ (16-17.01.2010) στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνώνμε με θέμα: ΔΕΚΑΕΤΙΑ 1940 Η ΕΠΟΧΗ ΤΩΝ ΡΗΞΕΩΝ Σε αυτή τη διεύθυνση μπορεί να υπογράψει όποιος θέλει (ή και να την...

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