Rhodes  70  Year  Tribute:  “Forever Linked”  Program  of   Events  for  July  21 – 27,   2014

The following is a tentative program for the Memorial Days for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust from Rhodes and Cos in remembrance of the 70th year since the deportation. 

Monday, July 21:  Day boat trip to the island of Cos.  Departure from Rhodes harbor is at 8:30am.  There will be a prayer service at the Jewish cemetery of Cos.  Departs from Cos at 7pm.  The cost of the boat ticket and bus transportation in Cos is 60 Euros/person.

Tuesday, July 22:  Symposium and open forum with lectures on the Holocaust relating to the Aegean Sea area.  Participation of professors and scholars from Greece, Europe, Israel and the United States.  Duration of the symposium and subjects of the lectures to be announced.

Wednesday, July 23:  11am prayer service at the Holocaust memorial at the Jewish cemetery followed by lunch at the Kalithea Springs.  The cost is 30 Euros/person including the transportation.

Thursday, July 24:  9am to 5pm will be a day tour to Filerimos, Valley of the Butterflies. There will be a lunch at Elafos hotel.  The cost is 30 Euros/person including transportation. 

9pm will be a movie screening at the “Rodon Open Theatre” near the Mandraki—entrance is free.

Friday, July 25:  8pm Shabat evening services at the Kahal Shalom” synagogue.  A “kabalat Shabat dinner follows at the “Rodos Casino” for 30 Euros/person which includes transportation to the dinner venue.

Saturday, July 26:  9am Shabat morning services at the “Kahal Shalom” synagogue, followed by “Beraha” brunch. 

9pm at the “Melina Merkouri” Theatre will be “The Vocal People” Israeli musical group.  The cost is 20 Euros/person.

Sunday, July 27:  11am memorial service at the “Kahal Shalom” synagogue for the Holocaust victims of Rhodes and Cos islands. 

12 noon: wreath laying ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial Site, Jewish Martyrs Square.


During the week people who are interested in the above events which require a fee as well as those interested in taking a tour of the Juderia with Isaac Habib will need to make advance reservations through the office of the Jewish community at: jcrhodes@otenet.gr

Also during the week a traditional “kafetziko” (coffee shop) will be operating during the open hours of the synagogue & museum with savoury pastries on the upper floor “cortiju” (courtyard) of the synagogue (next to the library).  A great time/place for people to get together.



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  1. June 20th, 2013

    Marc Kopman:

    Amazing and well done—-gives me “gooseflesh” —- I was brith milah in that synagogue as was my brother—-and my parents were married in it—–will need to go also to have a look soon—-the synagogue, cemetery, my school (athenee royale) if it still exists—-and our house Avenue Churchill (47 I think) if it is still there—-

  2. June 24th, 2012

    Izyk Ascher:

    Bonjour Meir Levy,
    Hace unas semanas (Junio 2012) te conocí en la sinagoga y usted me dijo que habia minian en ultimo Purim. Haciendo investigación sobre LOS JUDIOS DE RODAS … Me caí en esta imagen !!!

    The author of this message is Izyk Ascher who used to live in Lubumbashi (Katanga – Congo) between 1957 to 1972 passed through there last June 2012 on the way to Kalemie (ex Albertville) where the first shop of the Hasson Family (built in 1930) is still there to see.

  3. August 14th, 2011

    Susan E. Hasson:

    Hello from Seattle. I am the daughter of Rafaelle B. Hasson, son of Sarota (Benveniste) and Bohor Hasson. My father was born in Rhodes in 1920, and immigrated to Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1940. My parents,
    Ralph & Louise travelled to Cape Town in 1975, visiting Albert Hasson from Lubumbashi. I have letters written by Albert to my father from 1975. I believe Albert is my father’s Uncle. If someone can send me his address, phone number, and email for Albert or for the names of his children, I would be so greatful. The last address I have for Albert Hasson was Boite Postale 440, Elizabethville, Lubumbashi, Rep.du Congo.

    I am in the process of writing a book about my father. I am considering making a trip to South Africa to meet the community and any of his friends from Rhodes who are still living. I know he visited Haim & Sarah Menasche in 1975, and Fortunee and her husband Naim came to visit our family in Seattle, Washington in 1963.

    I realize much time has passed, however, now that I am writing a book, all my research uncovers many wonderful memories of stories my father told us of the wonderful life in Rhodes he so cherished. I hope someone from the community can answer my letter. My email address is: surehappy1@aol.com

    I have had the pleasure to meet Albert Almelch from Brussels and his wife Sheila in 1998, during my first visit to Brussels. My father and Albert were good friends growing up in Rhodes.

    Any contact would be greatly appreciated……Toda mi affection. Susan E. Hasson – Seattle, WA., USA