The Interorthodox Centre in Jerusalem

For the first time a delegation of Greek-Orthodox Clergymen coming from the Orthodox Church of Greece has visited Yad Vashem for a special study day program. The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece organized this visit after an official invitation by the Embassy of Israel in Greece.

Metropolitan Ioannis of Thermopylae, the Director of the Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece, as Head of the delegation accompanied by a special group of priests and the scientific staff of the Interorthodox Centre (Mr. Sergios Voilas, Mr. Christos Nasios, Mrs. Kalliopi Mavragka)  had the opportunity to meet and speak with Mr. Moshe Ha’elyon, a Greek-Jewish survivor from the Holocaust.

The delegation also had a special meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with both Mr. Akiva Tor, Head of the Bureau for World Jewish Affairs and World Religions of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mrs. Sharon Regev Director, Department for World Religions.

The delegation had an evening event organized by Mr. Alan Schneider the director of B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem.

Moreover a very important meeting took placed at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, where His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine welcomed the delegation and blessed the efforts of the Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece on issues of peaceful coexistence between Christians and Jewish.

The visit was carried out with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mr. Vasileios Paisios, CEO, Alfa Agricultural Supplies S.A. and the Embassy of Israel in Greece.

Annual Conference of Oikosnet Europe in the Orthodox Academy of Crete

Christian academies and laity centers from all over Europe met in the OAC to discuss some important issues related to the future of the network. The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece was represented by Metropolitan of Thermopylae Ioannis, Director and Mrs Kalliope Mavragka, Secretary. Oikosnet Europe continues its work going ahead full sail.

 

A Greek-French educational project focused on teaching and learning the history of Holocaust

THE INTERORTHODOX CENTRE OF THE CHURCH OF GREECE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YAHAD-IN UNUM, FRANCE, ARE OFFERING THE CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN A JOINT GREEK-FRENCH EDUCATIONAL PROJECT FOCUSED ON TEACHING AND LEARNING THE HISTORY OF HOLOCAUST

SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE INTERORTHODOX CENTRE OF THE CHURCH OF GREECE IN ATHENS ON OCTOBER 13-14, 2018.

A 2-day teacher training seminar focused on the theme “HOLOCAUST BY BULLETS IN THE OCCUPIED SOVIET TERRITORIES” is based on a unique methodology – “Learn, Teach, Apply” -created by YIU.
The workshop offers a condensed historical overview of this unknown chapter of Holocaust history and provides teachers with practical educational tools to be used in classrooms. The emphasis is put on studying and teaching the Holocaust by Bullets as a crime and on making connections with today’s violence and human rights violations.
TARGET GROUP AND SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS
Teachers of history of Greek secondary and high schools and graduate students of historical and pedagogical faculties with teaching experience, specializing in the history of the Holocaust, will be selected on a competitive basis to participate in the program.
To participate in the project please complete an online application.
Application deadline: September 10, 2018.
Participants will be notified about the admission results by September 21, 2018.
The seminar will take place in ENGLISH.
The organizers provide a round-trip economy-class ticket from your home town to Athens (under the condition of 100% attendance of the event). Accommodation in single and double rooms and meals in Athens for participants from other cities of Greece during the seminar will also be provided

Learning and teaching about Judaism through the coexistence of Greek Christians and Jews

The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece due to a lack of sufficient sources and information about the coexistence as a peaceful example of the two cultural and religious traditions in curricula, designed a training program for teachers titled “Learning and teaching about Judaism through the coexistence of Greek Christians and Jews”. This program was piloted with 25 teachers for the first time during the school year 2016-2017 and was implemented again next year (2017-2018) with a second group of teachers coming from primary and secondary schools.

The educational project aims at 3 points: Learning, teaching and coexistence. Our purpose is to encourage the teachers to teach about coexistence using the examples of the past, when Christians and Jews lived and worked together peacefully and, during the Nazi occupation in Greece, when Christian Ηierarchs, clericals and lay people in many cases saved the lives of Greek Jews. We use these examples from the past as a teaching material in order to motivate the young people on the issue of peaceful coexistence. Moreover the teachers deepen their knowledge on Judaism by offering them learning tools and innovative pedagogical methods to teach about these topics.

The thematic strategy of our training program is structured along the following lines:

  • Shortly after the beginning of the school year we run an intensive one-day seminar which focuses on items such as the history of Greek Jews, the attitude of the Greek Orthodox Church towards the Jews, the encounter of Judaism and Hellenism in late antiquity, the forming of the rabbinic Judaism, the cultural and religious traditions of Judaism etc.
  • Τhe next day we visit the Synagogues of Athens, we have a special guide there and long discussions with Rabbi Negrin on all issues that arise.
  • The day after we visit The Jewish Museum of Greece, we get a special guide there and we are been informed about the educational programs of the museum and about how one can teach the Holocaust.
  • Then we have a follow-up meeting here in the Interothodox Centre and the teachers are working in groups on lesson plans and project plans that incorporate material and inspiration of our seminar and our visits. We help the teachers and we encourage them to implement these plans in their schools.
  • We created also an online platform where the participants can find and use learning materials, information, best practices, videos and also other kind of materials concerning the subject of our program.

All the above mentioned take place during the first weeks of every new school year because we want the teachers to graft the new season, to motivate the students and throughout this school journey we help them in their work by staying at their side either with meetings or online communication.

  • In January/February, we organize meetings with the participants and they inform us and each other about how the implementation of their projects and plans goes, we talk about problems that might have occurred, we search for solutions and we exchange ideas and experiences in general by we receive feedback.

During the year we arrange more optional meetings or visit, for example to the Synagogue of Athens on a Sabbath ceremony and on the celebration of Hanukkah.

  • In May, before the end of the school year, we organize an open outreach event where teachers and the students themselves present the work they did in their schools throughout the school year inspired by our seminar. In this event, there are open discussions on the experiences of the program, we evaluate it and we start thinking about next steps. By this way, the teachers and their students have assimilated the values of peace and coexisting and become multipliers.

The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece supports this training program for teachers because we consider that the school education must help the students and the young people in general to build on a system of values for the society of today and tomorrow, a society based on the principles of solidarity, peace and coexistence.

The program during the first year of its implementation was funded by the “Deutsch-Griechischer Zukunftsfonds”- die Finanzierung erfolgt aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes.

 

The Holy Theological School of Halki and the Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece sign a Memorandum of Cooperation

On May 22nd of 2018, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Holy Theological School of Halki and the Interοrthodox Centre of the Church of Greece in the chambers of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

His Eminence Metropolitan Elder Mr. Apostolos (Daniilidis) of Derkoi, Exarch of Bosporus, Thrace and Cyanea, the Chairman of the special committee of the Holy Theological School of Halki known as the “Ephors of the Holy Theological School of Halki”, His Eminence Metropolitan Mr. Germanos (Haviaropoulos) of Tranoupolis, His Eminence Metropolitan Mr. Chrysostomos (Kalaitzis) of Myra and Reverend Deacon Mr. Paisios Kokkinakis, the Secretary of the committee, represented the Holy Theological School of Halki. The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece was represented by his Eminence Metropolitan Mr. Ioannis (Sakellariou) of Thermopylae, the Director of the Interorthodox Centre of the Church Of Greece, Mr. Sergios Voilas, the Permanent Scientific Coordinator and Mrs. Kalliopi Mavragka, the Secretary of the Interorthodox Centre of the Church Of Greece.

The objective of this agreement is to promote cooperation between the Contracting Parties on issues related to the creative cooperation of our ecclesiastical libraries and to address the contemporary problems that arise at all levels. The purpose of this collaboration is defined by the memorandum itself, referring among others to “the organization and hosting of dialogue meetings (conferences, symposiums, seminars, workshops), adult education, offering hospitality to students, researchers, teachers, academics and Clergymen, documenting either printed or electronic data (Library and Internet)”.

At the address that the Chairman of the Ephors of the Holy Theological School of Halki, his Eminence Metropolitan Elder Mr. Apostolos of Derkoi delivered, the importance of this cooperation was pointed out for the progress of the inter-Orthodox relations during these difficult times. In his replying speech, the Director of the Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece, his Eminence Metropolitan Mr. Ioannis of Thermopylae also noted the importance of this cooperation and emphasized the significance of the profound relationship between the Church of Greece and the Ecumenical Patriarchate as our Mother Church.

 

Building bridges to the future: The interreligious dialogue and the contribution of education

The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece in partnership with the Embassy of ISRAEL in Athens organized an event by the title of: Building bridges to the future: The interreligious dialogue and the contribution of education”

Rabbi David Rosen honored the meeting with his presence.

The event took place on Tuesday 31st October 2017 between 18.30-20.30 at the Interorthodox Centre, Holy Monastery of Pendeli, P. Pendeli

 

Participated: 

  • Metropolitan Ioannes of Thermopylae, Director of the Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece,
  • Sergios Voilas, Scientific Coordinator Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece,
  • Rabbi David Rosen, Director of the American Jewish Committee’s Department of Interreligious Affairs,
  • Metropolitan Gabriel of New Ionia, Philadelphia and Chalkidona,
  • Rabbi Gabriel Negrin
  • Dr Zanet Battinou, Director of the Jewish Museum of Greece,
  • Dr. George Kalantzis, General Secretary of Religions-Ministry of Education,
  • Dr. Efstathios C. Lianos Liantis, Special Secretary for Religious and Cultural Diplomacy-Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Dr. Christos Nasios, Scientific Assistant Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece