1. COMMEMORATIONS AND DEDICATIONS IN POLAND AND GREECE
On Sunday August 15th, 1999, there will be a ceremony at Chelmno, Poland, at the concentration camp site. It will be attended by Polish and Jewish dignitaries and clergymen, along with press and TV coverage. Their will be the unveiling of a monument in memory of the Jews of the Ghetto in Gombin who perished there, in this most frightful death camp.
On Monday August 16th, 1999, there will be a ceremony at the Jewish Cemetery of Gabin (Gombin), Poland. This will be a dedication of the newly built fence and gate, along with memorial plaques and the return of many desecrated matzevot (grave stones). Attending will be some 70 survivors and descendants of Jewish Gombin, gathered from all over the world for this event. National Polish dignitaries and Jewish leaders will also be in attendance.
For further information contact
Rabbi Yehoshua Witt
SCHEDULED FOR HANIA (CRETE) SYNAGOGUE
October Dedication in Planned for Restored Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Hania (Crete), Greece
Dedication of the restored Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Hania, Crete is scheduled for the weekend of October 10, 1999. The structural work on the historic building (see JHR I: 3-4, cover story) is completely finished, and the windows are framed and are about to be glassed. The spacious interior is air conditioned, the forecourt is being planted with plants and trees (to be named the Lauder garden), and the small number of graves that have been identified are being separated to ensure the burial ground remains separate from the place of worship.
Much remains to be done before the dedication, but a Torah Scroll has been donated. A set of rimonim and a yad are still needed. Approximately $20,000 remains to be raised to complete the new Ark, bimah and benches, which are being constructed using traditional carpentry techniques and following traditional designs (the exact appearance of the originals, however, is unknown). Benches costs about $800 each and donors are welcome to sponsor a single bench.
To provide assistance, or to learn more about the planned events, consult the Foundationís webpage at: http://www.etz-hayyim-hania.org/
Dr. Nicholas Hannan-Stavroulakis
Director the Etz Hayyim Project, Local Rep.
For the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece
P O Box 251 - 73110 HANIA
Crete Tel & Fax: +30 0821 70397
International Survey of Jewish Monuments
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Syracuse, New York 13210-3419, USA
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