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Finifter Panel on Romaniote Jews/ Greek Jews
“The Jewish Community of Ioannina: A Journey in Time through the Collections of the Jewish Museum of Greece”
This brief presentation by the Director of the Jewish Museum of Greece, archaeologist Zanet Battinou, will offer a journey through aspects of the Romaniote history and tradition of Ioannina, examining selected artifacts from the Museum Permanent Exhibition and Collections.
Zanet Battinou is a native of Ioannina and of the local Jewish Community. She studied Archaeology and Museology and is the Director of the Jewish Museum of Greece. She represents the JMG in organizations, such as ICOM and AEJM. She has been participating in the biannual meetings of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance since 2000, as a member of the Greek National Delegation, while since 2005, she has been serving as a delegate in the Museums & Memorials of all relevant initiatives and actions. Zanet is married and the mother of three children.

“Romaniote Jewry: Past-Present-Future”
his lecture will focus on the rich history and tradition of Romaniote Jewry, his personal story
and the challenges of the present time as the first Jewish Mayor in Greece especially during pandemic.
Moses Elisaf is Professor of Medicine and President of the historical Jewish Community of Ioannina for the last 20 years.

“From the Cobblestone Streets of Ioannina to the Sidewalks of New York”
From 1906 to 1924 over half of the Romaniote Jewish Community of Ioannina immigrated to the USA; for most the port of entry was Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Why did the leave? What was different about their experience, both in Greece and in New York? What institutions did they establish? What occupations did they engage in?
What remains of the Romaniote presence in New York?
Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos is Museum Director of Kehila Kedosha Janina and President of the Association of Friendsof Greek Jewry.

Oct 1, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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