Published on 10 July 2015

The Greek Jewish community of about 5,000 concerned with economic turmoil

Amid their country’s financial crisis, Greek Jews struggle and brace for more turmoil.

By Gavin Rabinowitz, published in JTA July 6, 2015

Amid the economic crisis — and especially following the country’s overwhelming rejection in a referendum Sunday of the terms offered by Greece’s European creditors — the Greek Jewish community of about 5,000 is grappling with two main concerns: how to provide emergency assistance to Jews in need and how to ensure that the Jewish institutions can continue to function.

Among those particularly hard hit are the poor and elderly members of the Jewish community, including many Holocaust survivors. A number of them don’t have bank cards, meaning they are unable to access their pensions or Holocaust restitution payments... Read more.