The Jewish presence in Greece dates to the 3rd century, B.C. (and is the oldest Jewish establishment outside of Israel). This ancient community follows Romaniote tradition.
For more about our own connections to Jewish heritage, please visit Jewish Heritage: It’s All Personal
- In Athens, visit the Old Synagogue, still used today during the High Holidays. Very near the synagogue stands the Holocaust memorial and the Jewish Museum, which documents 2,300 years of Jewish life in Greece.
- The absolute must-visit is Thessaloniki: the biggest Jewish community in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe before the war.
- Thessaloniki is home to the elegant family villas of many old Jewish families, as well as myriad Jewish monuments and museums celebrating the community, past and present.
- Ask us about visiting a local Jewish school.
- Travel to Crete to visit the Etz Hayyim synagogue, the only surviving Jewish monument on the island. Crete lost its entire Jewish population during the Second World War. Meet Nikos Stavroulakis, the heart and soul of the community.
- Walk the narrow streets of Rhodes City’s Jewish quarter and find ancient plaques written in Hebrew, Italian and Judeo-Spanish (or Ladino). The Jewish cemetery in Rhodes contains tombstones dating as far back as 1500.
- Volos is another Greek home to a Romaniote Synagogue and a Holocaust Memorial.
- Receive a private lecture on Greece’s Jewish presence, from one of the leading authorities in Greek Jewish history.
Oy. We have so much more up our sleeves.