Jewish Youth Group (ENA)
The Jewish Youth Group plays a very important role in our community. The goals are (1) the continuation of bonds formed at the Jewish school and the Jewish summer camp and (2) the conservation of the Jewish element within of our community. It organizes various activities such as seminars, excursions and entertainment events. The Jewish Youth Group reinforces and maintains a relationship to Judaism at a time when young adults first set out into the world. It keeps them in touch with each other and ensures they don’t lose that aspect of their identity. Lifelong friendships are formed and maintained, preserving the foundations of our Jewish identity.
Bene Berith Athens
The Brotherhood of Bene Berith Athens is a member of the B’nai B’rith International and B’nai B’rith Europe. It was established in Greece in 1924 with the goals of maintaining Jewish identity, culture and religious heritage, protecting human rights, and promoting charity. Furthermore, the Brotherhood of Bene Berith Athens continuously strives to fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia by defending Jews throughout the world and providing humanitarian assistance to the needy.
Benot Berit “Judith”
Benot Berit “Judith” was founded in 1937 as a Greek-Jewish Women’s non-profit organization and is a member of the B’nai B’rith Europe. Its mission is to help people in need through financial and emotional support. Benot Berit “Judith” has been active in the humanitarian work for the Jewish Community of Athens, the Lauder Athens Jewish Community School, the Jewish Museum of Greece and Etz Haim Synagogue and organizes conferences and exhibitions on Greek Jewish heritage and Jewish identity. Unfortunately, the economic crisis of recent years has limited the number of charitable activities perfomed by this organization. The board consists of nine members who are elected every three years.
The Association of Holocaust Descendants was founded on February 5, 1993. Its aim is the promotion and continuance of the memory of the Holocaust. In cooperation with other Holocaust related institutions, this Association organizes cultural events, the collection of documentary and photographic material, and the consolidation and exchange of scientific, psychological and philosophical ideas regarding the Holocaust.
Since 1935, the Jewish Community of Athens has had a number of active women’s organizations that support the community and society through various charitable activities: Wizo was established in 1935 and includes women of various ages; Aviv was established in 1963 as a group for younger women; Bat-El was founded later by the daughters of Wizo. The charitable activities include volunteering and providing financial support to other charities like: Cerebral Palsy Greece, “Ergastiri”, “Agapi”, and Unicef. The women’s organizations also support the Lauder Athens Jewish Community School, host religious and educational seminars, support cultural events, publish a cookbook, and financed a children’s playground in memory of the 13,000 Greek- Jewish children murdered in The Holocaust.
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