by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Ellinides Evraies

Jewish Women of Greece

GREEK-JEWISH WOMEN ARE the bearers and transmitters of a rich but nearly vanished culture. Jews have lived in Greece continuously since antiquity, with Greek Jewish culture reaching its apogee after 1492. when thousands of Jews who had been expelled from Spain found refuge there at the invitation of the Turkish sultan. Today, though, the Jewish presence in Greece is mostly a memory. Of the approximately 80,000 Jews living in Greece in 1942, fewer than 10,000 survived the Holocaust, and now the entire Greek- Jewish population numbers only about 5,000, mostly in Athens.

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Homeland / Diaspora

The articles in this special section:

Ellinides Evraies

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Alice Sparberg Alexiou interviews the Jewish women of Salonika, Greece.

Class and Caste: Jewish Women of India

by Sarah Blustain

Sarah Blustain is troubled by a chilling portrait of Baghdadi Jews in India.

Persecution & Belonging Memory & Identity

by Paulette Kershenovich

Paulette Kershenovich listens to newly voluble Latin American Jewish women.

Beyond Borscht and Babushkas

by Rachel Kranson

Rachel Kranson reports on Mexican Jewish brides-to-be and on immigrants to America from the former Soviet Union.