August 20, 2013

Rosh Hashanah Services

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Σας προσκαλούμε να γιορτάσετε μαζί μας τo

Ρόσς-Ασσανά.

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Τετάρτη, 4 Σεπτεμβρίου,

οι προσευχές θα ξεκινήσουν στης 19:00 και θ’ ακολουθήσει

γεύμα στο εστιατόριο Έλα (Οδός Κονδυλάκη).

Και πρωί Πέμπτη, 5 Σεπτεμβρίου στης 9:00

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Για την κράτηση θέσεων παρακαλούμε επικοινωνήστε μαζί μας έως

την 1 Σεπτεμβρίου. Το γεύμα θα είναι €20 ανά άτομο.

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We invite you to join us for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah,

on Wednesday, September 4th.

Services will be held at the Synagogue at 19:00, followed by a

meal at Ela Restaurant (Kondylaki St.).

Morning Services will be at 9:00, on Thursday.

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Anyone interested should RSVP by September 1st.

The cost for the meal will be €20 per person.

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre will be celebrated on Friday,

September 13th at 19:00

Fast ends  Saturday, September 14th at 20:12.

Snacks will be served at the Synagogue for breaking the fast.

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info@etz-hayyim-hania.org or tel: 28210-86286

February 8, 2013

Tu B’Shevat at Etz Hayyim

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Tu Beshevet was made more memorable as central to the Seder we also planted a quince tree in the front garden of the Synagogue.  Unfortunately our date palm that was planted in 1999, died from a strange attack of beetles allegedly  from Egypt that has swept through Hania.  Before the Seder Stavroulakis gave a reading about seeing things from upside down! and how it changes our perspective.

We hope next year to be able to use the Seder that Gabriel Negrin has brought out in Hebrew and Greek.  This is long overdue.

December 14, 2012

A series of lectures on the evolution of Ottoman mosque architecture.

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HIGH ISLAMIC AND OTTOMAN ARCHITECTURE

A series of lectures on the evolution of Ottoman mosque architecture -

Many of you will have visited Istanbul or even Edirne where Ottoman architecture reached its full development in the mid 16th century through the collaboration of a great donor (Sultan Suleiman) and the architectural genius, Sinan Pasha.  Architecture has on many occasions in history been the lasting expression of success of a civilization in drawing to itself the tangled threads of its origins and creating a new form from older elements that had expressed similar but at the same time quite dissimilar achievements and even world view.  Fortunately the time has passed since Hagia Sophia has been considered to have been copied over and over by the Ottomans and this course of lectures will be devoted to seeing the manner in which older forms and achievements – reaching back into Greco-Roman and Christian times – reached a new ideological expression in the fusion of the Antique tradition with Islam and eventually with the Ottoman Turks.

We will begin by a study of the great Umayyad Mosque of Damascus and the Aqsa Mosque of Jerusalem and the manner in which Greco-Roman-Christian achievements were give a new form through Islam in the 7th century.  Almost all of the mosques built during the period of High Islamic Civilization (8th through 13th centuries) are variations on these mosques. The lectures will trace the history of this through the three capitols of the growing Ottoman Empire, Bursa, Edirne and finally Istanbul where Hagia Sophia stood and expressed ideas and a theology that was to a degree antithetical to that of the Ottomans. How its architectural components were re-invented and even discovered through the genius of Sinan is one of the neglected periods of history.

The lectures will be accompanied by visual aids in the form of CD projector photographs as well as hand-outs.  At the end of the course there will be a special series of lectures on applied arts in the form of tile and metal work.

N. Stavroulakis did his initial graduate work under Prof. Oleg Grabar who was a pioneer in the study of Islamic Architecture and Applied Arts.  His initial doctoral research was done at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem under Prof. Michael Avi Yonah and later under Prof. Bezalel Narkis. He lectured in Ottoman and Byzantine Fine Art at the University of Tel Aviv and later at the College Year in Athens.  He was active in leading tours to Istanbul, Edirne and Bursa.

June 18, 2012

MEMORIAL SERVICE- HASHCABAH for the Jewish Community of Hania that perished in 1944:

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Since 2000 we have annually commemorated the date of the action that led to the drowning of some 276 members of our Hania Jewish Community as well as a large number of Italian and Greek prisoners.  Rather than lose track of Jewish lunar time we anticipated the event by adding it after Minha prayers prior to Erev Shabat of the 8th June and coincided the lighting of 276 memorial candles with the lighting on Erev Shabat of the oil lamp.  The Ehal was opened and the Hashcabah was read out in the Synagogue and then the candles were lit after reading aloud all of the names of the members of the Community.  The complete text of a talk that a member of our community, Ovadiah Garcia, wrote and delivered at the US Air Base in Hania on the Holocaust Remembrance Day – and what we should learn as Jews from it – was also given to everyone.

Somewhat appropriate was the appearance in the Hanotika Nea newspaper of Hania of a perplexing article by Manolis Manousakas along with a series of photographs by an unknown photographer, of the funeral of Richard Kruger who was the Honorary German Consul and resident in Hania during the Occupation.  This event inexplicably took place in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Hania though Kruger had been baptized in 1931 as Greek Orthodox  and prominent on the throne was Agathangelos the Metropolitan Archbishop.  The date was the 18th March.  The very first photograph in the series of six images shows  Rabbi Elias Osmos sitting in front of the flower covered bier on which rested the remains of Kruger, very prominently a Nazi Swastika can be seen.  Osmos had been the Rabbi of Hania after the death of Arch-rabbi Evlagon in 1935 and was from a family with roots in Kerkyra and Patras.  He was the sole leader of a Communiy, the President of which was in hiding in Athens, and on the 29th May of 1944 – just two months after the photograph was taken he and the entire Jewish Community were arrested, incarcerated at Aghia Prison, subsequent to being transported to Heraklion and boarded onto a ship that was torpedoed not far from the island of Milos by a British Submarine.  Almost everything as to what was happening and what was to happen is written on the face of Osmos.

N. Stavroulakis

* Photograph of Rabbi Osmos at the funeral courtesy of Manolis Manousakas.

May 11, 2012

Poetry Workshop with Ruth Padel

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Recently the poet and novelist (and naturalist), Ruth Padel gave a poetry workshop at the Synagogue. The following is her assessment and some new poems.

March 29, 2012

Seder for Pesach

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Ευλογημένο Πέσσαχ


Σας προσκαλούμε να γιορτάσετε μαζί μας και να τα, τα

τελέσουμε το φετινό Σέντερ, την πρώτη βραδιά του Πάσχα,

στην Ταβέρνα ΕΛΑ οδός Κονδυλάκη, στη παλιά πόλη των Χανίων, Παρασκευή 6 Απριλίου, και ώρα 20:00.

Η τιμή του γεύματος (συμπεριλαμβανόμενων όλων) είναι 25 Ευρώ.

Για κρατήσεις, παρακαλούμε να επικοινωνήσετε μαζί μας έως της 2 Απριλίου.

A Blessed Pesach

We invite you to join us in celebrating the First Night of Pesach with the annual Passover Seder at

ELA Restaurant on Kondylaki St, Old Town Chania, on Friday, April 6th, at 20:00

The cost for the meal (all inclusive) will be 25 Euro.

Please RSVP by April 2nd

October 11, 2011

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipour

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Due to the economic crisis that is endemic everywhere It was expected that we not have a great attendance for either Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kipour though we did for both have a minyan.  As usual during the interim days the shofar was blown every morning to announce Selihot prayers and on the Eve of Yom Kipour, Lior Asher arrived from Tel Aviv.  This is the third year that Lior has been with us and this year he led the entire prayer service for Y-K.  His gift to the Synagogue is deeply appreciated as he has not only a family in Tel Aviv but also has to leave two hours after the Fast has ended in order to catch his 2:00 AM plane back home.

We were all especially touched when he told us that he always felt that Etz Hayyim had no roof and that his prayers went directly up into the heavens with none of the normal interference and distraction of political in-fighting in other communities. After Neilah when he blew the Yemeni shofar that we have, we broke the fast in the Synagogue as it was raining (which for us is always a propitious sign), and then after a dinner together he left by taxi for Herakleion.  Next year he plans to bring his wife who is at present pregnant along with his son to spend R-HaShanah and Yom Kipour with us.  Like the rain, Lior is a special blessing for us here.

Guests of Note:  Ruth Padel the poet and great-great grand-daughter of Charles Darwin was with us for a week after giving a poetry reading in Loutro. We managed to set in motion for a poetry work-shop to be held in the new Resource Centre in the Spring.  The author of several books for children, Doreen Rapapport and her husband Bob Rosegarten, the Emeritus Mayor of Great Neck were also with us for Yom Kipour.  Both have been friends of the Synagogue from the days when initial work was being carried out for its renovation in 1999.

N.S.

September 21, 2011

Invitation for Rosh Hashana

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Σας Ευχόμαστε Καλή Χρονιά και Χρόνια Πολλά.

Σσανά Τοβά

-5772-

Shana Tova

We wish you all a Blessed New Year.

Σας προσκαλούμε να γιορτάσετε μαζί μας τη

Ροσς Ασσανά, Τέταρτη, 28 Σεπτεμβρίου.

Οι προσευχές θα αρχήσουν στις 19:00 και θα ακολουθήσει γεύμα στο εστιατόριο Έλα (Οδός

Κονδυλάκη) ώρα 20:30.

Για την κράτηση θέσεων παρακαλούμε επικοινωνήστε μαζί μας έως της 23 Σεπτεμβρίου. Το γεύμα θα είναι €20 το άτομο.

We invite you to join us for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, on Wednesday, September 28th.

Services will be held at the Synagogue at 19:00, followed by a meal at Ela Restaurant (Kondylaki St.) at 20:30.

Any one interested should RSVP by September 23rd. The cost for the meal will be €20 per person.

August 19, 2011

Visit to Etz Hayyim by High School Students from Germany

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As part of their summer camp on Crete, a group of about fifty high school students from Germany visited the Synagogue on 11 August. The Protestant parish of Ehrenkirchen-Bollschweil in southwest Germany organizes this biannual summer camp which is integrated in the History and Religious Studies curriculum at the students’ high school and allows them to explore the history, culture and nature of Crete.

After a first visit in 2009, parish minister and high school teacher for Religious Studies Ulrich Greder brought also this year’s participants of the summer camp to Etz Hayyim Synagogue to hear a presentation about the history of Etz Hayyim Synagogue and the Jews of Crete as well as some general information about Judaism and Jewish holidays as they are observed at our Synagogue.

The next visit of participants of the summer camp to Etz Hayyim Synagogue is already planned for next year, when parish priest Adela Strobel will take on the organization of the summer camp.

Etz Hayyim Synagogue regularly welcomes groups of high school and university students either from Hania, Greece or abroad.

June 23, 2011

Memorial Service 2011

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Όπως κάθε χρόνο, από το 2001, έτσι και φέτος στην Συναγωγή Χανιών (Ετζ Χαγιιμ) πραγματοποιήθηκε  επιμνημόσυνη δέηση για τα μέλη της εβραϊκής κοινότητας των Χανίων που σκοτώθηκαν το 1944 κατά την διάρκεια της Ναζιστικής κατοχής. Ο χώρος της Συναγωγής ήταν γεμάτος με πολίτες των Χανίων καθώς και επισήμους εκπροσώπους της Τοπικής Ορθόδοξης και Καθολικής εκκλησίας, τον αντιπεριφερειάρχη Χανιών κ. Απόστολο Βουλγαράκη, εκπρόσωπο του Δήμαρχου Χανίων, εκπρόσωπο του Κεντρικού Ισραηλίτικου Συμβουλίου Ελλάδος, της εβραϊκής κοινότητας Αθήνας καθώς και μέλη των εβραϊκών Κοινοτήτων Ηρακλείου και Ρεθύμνου.

Η τελετή άρχισε με τον χαιρετισμό προς τους καλεσμένους από τον κ. Νίκο Σταυρουλάκη. Στη συνεχεία ακολούθησε  ένα λεπτό σιγή καθώς και μια έκκληση προς όλους να συλλογιστούμε όχι μόνο τον χαμό της κοινότητας άλλα και όλων αυτών που έχουν χάσει τη ζωή τους, κάτω από παρόμοιες συνθήκες σε όλο τον κόσμο, τα τελευταία 60 χρόνια.

Ακολούθησαν  προσευχές και η επιμνημόσυνη δέηση, το διάβασμα του ποιήματος της Ζέλντα Μισκόβσκυ «Ο ΚΑΘΕΝΑΣ ΜΑΣ ΕΧΕΙ ΕΝΑ ΟΝΟΜΑ» και, αμέσως μετά, το διάβασμα των ονομάτων των 276 θυμάτων και το άναμα κεριών. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο έκλεισε η τελετή.

Since 2001 we have been able to have a memorial service for the Jewish Community of Hania that perished in 1944. This year was especially significant as we had not only a very large attendance (a full synagogue) but the memory of the Community was honored by the presence of official representatives of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, City- Council as well as the Jewish Community of Athens and the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece.  The service opened with a short homily by the director of the Synagogue (Cf. below) and then as is normal with us – the service was taken over by members of the fraternity. Leon Gavrielides recited the prayers, blessings and admonitions of the Shema. Gabriel Negrin led the Amidah of Arvith and Nataly Ventura read a poem – Each of us has a Name.  As we had more than a formal minyan Roger recited the Kaddish and then the Ehal was opened and in common we formally recited the Yizchor for Martyrs and read out the names of all of the 276 member of the Community who perished in 1944. At the end of this votive candles were lit and distributed throughout the two gardens of the Synagogue.

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This is not an event that calls for us to make long speeches that do little more than stress something about ourselves.  Neither, to my mind, is it necessary for us to linger over the pain and suffering of a community that was left in 1941 with no leadership and that perished in some form of wonderment.  Ten years ago I spoke here at the re-dedication ceremony and re-defined the new role of the Synagogue – not as a focal point for a Jewish community but rather as a place of prayer, recollection and reconciliation. In some strange way Etz Hayyim has done this and at the same time has remained a vivid sign of memory of the tragedy of 1944 when its last formal community ironically met its death – not in the camps of Germany and Poland but embraced in the Cretan Sea.

What meaning we can give this is to be found only in how we respond now to our lives and to the world about us which for many has not really changed appreciably.  Genocide, hunger, displacement and insecurity are still with us - hidden and at times justified in another context dictated by time and the abuse of language.

Before we begin I should like us all to sit in silence and see if there is any meaning that we can give to the death of our community in 1944 – or in the deaths under similar circumstances that have followed in the course of the past 60 years. If there is no meaning then these tragedies are empty and futile.

N. Stavroulakis

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