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2012 National Young Leadership Cabinet Study Mission to Greece

Mission Highlights:


  • Learn about the rich Jewish heritage of Greek Jewry
  • Panoramic overview of Thessaloniki, including the Jewish villas Casa Bianca, Villa Allatini, Villa Mordoch and Villa Modiano
  • Meetings with political leaders
  • Participate in hands-on volunteer service project(s)
  • Meet with leaders of the Jewish community
  • Visit the Monasteriotes Synagogue used by the Red Cross as a warehouse during the Second World War, one of the few synagogues to avoid destruction by the Nazis
  • Lunch with Jews hidden as children during the Holocaust by gentiles, and their descendants 


  • Tour the Acropolis Museum, which houses over 4,000 artifacts and objects, ranging from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece
  • Lunch with U.S. Ambassador at his residence Daniel Smith
  • Breakfast in the home of Israeli Ambassador Arye Mekel
  • Meetings with political leaders
  • Visit the Jewish Museum of Greece, with a collection of over 10,000 rare items of great historical significance
  • Dinner with members of the Jewish Community of Athens
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with the Children of the Jewish Day School