TREZOROS The Lost Jews of Kastoria

One Story Speaks for Many

This deeply moving documentary illuminates the lives of a Sephardic community in Greece whose story speaks for all people who have been displaced and wronged by war and discrimination.  

The story is set in the beautiful and idyllic city of Kastoria where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for over two millennia. In October 1940 this would all change after the invasion of Greece by Axis forces.

Initially occupied by Italy, the Jewish community remained safe- but after Mussolini fell from power the Nazis took control of the town, dooming the community that had existed since the times of the Roman Empire.    

The film uses never-before-seen archival footage, vibrantly bringing to life just one of the many Jewish communities that had existed in Greece before the end of World War II. 

“Trezoros” (Ladino/Judeo Spanish term of endearment meaning “Treasures”) is a highly emotional story told by it’s survivors, with interviews filmed on location in Kastoria, Thessaloniki, Athens, Tsur Moshe, Tel Aviv, Miami, Los Angeles and New York.


TREASURES will be entered in competition for the 2017 Oscars

Documentary/ 94min/English language/ HD

Greek Islet Fleves Up for Grabs, Two Expressions of Interest

Photo source: Municipality of Vari, Voula, Vouliagmeni

The Greek island of Fleves in the Saronic Gulf, off Vouliagmeni Bay, is going under the hammer with two investors expressing interest thus far.

Plans for the island, which is property of the Greek Defense Ministry, include the construction of extensive tourism facilities expected to support some 14,000 jobs throughout.

According to media reports, two investor bodies have expressed interest in Fleves: an Abu Dhabi-based entity with an investment of 1.5-2.5 billion euros set for the construction of four luxurious resorts with a capacity of 450 rooms and 470 villas, a golf course, a water park and an underwater park, targeting high-income family tourism; and a Greek group with a budget of 700 million euros going towards the construction of four luxury hotels, villas, a conference center, a marina and a Cyclades-style village as well as a sailing club on the neighboring Flevopoula islet.

In order for any project move ahead, Greek parliament must first approve of the plans and abolish its current classification as a “navy fortress”.

Located just opposite the Astir Palace luxury resort, the island of Fleves is 1,4 km2 and is not populated.

Athens Among World’s Top 50 Millennial Destinations

Athens is among the world’s top 50 cities attracting millennials, according to a survey released on Wednesday by online housing platform Nestpick.

The Berlin-based aggregator platform studied thousands of cities based on 16 criteria including housing score, tolerance to immigration, equality and nightlife, ranking the top 100 cities for millennials to live or visit. 

Amsterdam took the lead at number 1 for its strong business ecosystem, high levels of openness and recreation options. Berlin, Munich and Lisbon followed as did Antwerp, Barcelona, Lyon, Cologne, Paris and Vancouver in the top 10 listing.

“At Nestpick we’ve witnessed firsthand a clear pattern of migration among millennials from all over the world to specific cities,” said Ömer Kücükdere, Managing Director of Nestpick. 

“UNWTO data confirms that travelers among this generation choose these same cities for their leisure time, confirming a clear appeal of these cities over others for this group. We set out to better understand the factors which combine to create this phenomenon.”

Athens ranks 46th overall and first in terms of housing, scoring highest for cities with under 1 million inhabitants. Housing was assessed based on affordability.

Out of 100, Athens scored 99 for employment, 16 for transport, 71 for LGBT friendliness, 36 for startups, 28 for health, 96 for contraception, 14 for its night scene, 47 for tourism, 14 for food, 24 for gender equality, four for housing, 33 for Internet speed and 85 for immigration.

Venice scored the highest in tourism (for cities with under 1 million inhabitants), and Brno in the Czech Republic for food.

The tourism ranking was calculated based on the number of overnight stays in each city for the 18-35 age group using UNWTO data, and the food score in terms of monthly cost.

Easter Miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem 2017

The ancient and annual Miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem has made its 2017 appearance. 

Watching these videos is one of my earliest memories after first being received into the Orthodox Church. 

Join me as we explore some of the latest attestations of this miracle as we together celebrate the miracle of all miracles: Christ Is Risen!!!

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