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  Message from the Honorary President

Several years have passed since The Jewish Museum of Greece has been functioning as a modern museum, having acquired its own new premises and modern installations. For more than 20 years we nurtured this dream of building a museum of international radiance that would house objects that testify to the Jewish presence in Greece for 2.300 years. We went through many stages of development, experienced difficulties and adversities, but on March 10th 1998, the day came when the dream became reality.

On March 10th 1998, we celebrated the inauguration of our Museum's new premises. It was a day that marked a milestone in the history of two peoples with great cultural contribution to humanity. These two peoples have lived side by side, tracing a course that was recorded in history and that made history.

The financial and moral support that we have received from the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the Jewish Communities of Thessaloniki and Athens, as well as many individuals, have given this small and beautiful museum its present form.

We thank all of those who helped the dream come true. We urge all of you to participate in this effort, help promote this project, and become friends and supporters of the Jewish Museum of Greece.

The Board of Directors, the Association of Friends from Greece and Abroad, the staff, the volunteers and myself, have been dedicated to this Museum for the last 28 years. We work and co-operate because we share a common dream, and the same passion and devotion as on the day we began this project. However, now we have something more: we have the new building of the Museum, which we have to enrich, to come to know better, and to cherish. All of us should adopt this wonderful project, and contribute so that it reaches the level that its history commands.

Sam Benrubi
Honorary President of the Jewish Museum of Greece
On the occasion of the inauguration of the new premises of the Museum, 10/3/1998.

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