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Hanukah 2013

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HANNUKAH -2013 Tonight we are here together to celebrate a minor Jewish festival that commemorates the restoration and re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 166 BCE.  It is sometimes called the Jewish Festival of light.  Its central theme and symbol is the great gold...

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High Holy Days at the Synagogue

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ROSH HASHANAH and YOM KIPPOUR: Despite a somewhat anticipated bleak outlook on tourism in Crete and Greece in general as a consequence of the economic ‘crisis’ that has affected us all, for the High Holidays we had blessings… This year we were doubly blessed by the appearance...

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Haskabah 2013

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Since the rededication of the Synagogue in 2000 we have annually had a commemoration of the destruction of our Jewish community in 1944. We either highlight the actual arrest of the community on May 28th 1944 or 10th June when the freight boat Tannais that was...

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Lecture at Munich Univeristy

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Through invitation by the Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Munich, Prof. Michael Brenner, our director Nikos Stavroulakis was invited to speak on the Renovation of an Abandoned Synagogue.  Funds for this were provided by the Kiessling Foundation of Munich and the lecture...

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Happy Chanukah

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We would like to wish everyone a Happy Chanukah [singlepic id=200 w=640 h=480 float=center] "What gain is there in my blood?" Psalm 30 Artwork: Nikos Stavroulakis ...

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Wedding of Joseph and Ariana Tepperman

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The multiple ethnic influences on Jewish identity have been evident here at Etz Hayyim in the character of various weddings that have been celebrated here.  We have had Orthodox, Reform, Liberal and Conservative weddings to date...

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Talk by Proffessor Michael Brenner

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Lecture by Prof. Dr. Michael Brenner “Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig and the German-Jewish Renaissance” On October first we were fortunate enough to host an evening with Prof. Michael Brenner who spoke to us about the German-Jewish Renaissance, a revival of Jewish life at the beginning of...

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The High Holy Days at Etz Hayyim

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The now annual presence of Leon Asher from Tel Aviv for at least Rosh HaShannah obviated some of the challenges that accumulate prior to the Festival.  Leon came across us some years ago when he arrived unknown and very quiet.  Stavroulakis had only recovered from...

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A talk on Holocaust Remembrance by Ovadiah

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A talk given by Lorenzo Ovadiah Garcia, on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Good morning, my name is Lorenzo Garcia.  My Hebrew name is Ovadiah which means, “Servant or Worshipper of G-d”.  I am Jewish.  I was asked to speak to you for the...

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Human Reason or Divine Revelation?

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Dear Friends, We are pleased to invite you to an evening with stimulating talk and discussion by Professor Dr. Jeffrey Macy, which will be held on Wednesday, March 14 at 19:00, at Etz Hayyim Synagogue. Human Reason or Divine Revelation? 4 Approaches to "True Knowledge" in Medieval Jewish...

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