Adult Mission – Greece Nov 2017

November 2-9, 2017

Adult Chesed Mission Application

Your fascinating journey led by Rabbi Joel and Aviva Tessler to Athens, Halkis, Larissa, Salonika, Veroia and Volos, will enable you to discover the history of the Jewish presence in Greece.  Chesed and community service in the birthplace of western civilization and democracy will be a meaningful, transformative and spiritual travel experience. 

Mission Objectives

  • Cultural, religious, personal relationship/connection with Greek Jewry
  • Assess short/long term Greek Jewish community needs vis a vis meetings/discussions with Greek Jewish community leaders
  • Chesed activities in Athens, Halkis, Larissa, Salonika, Veroia and Volos
  • Meetings with Israeli and American Ambassadors about Greek anti-Semitism

Thursday, November 2

  • Mission Participants Arrive; Check In at the Hotel N.J. V. Athens Plaza
  • 3 PM: Welcome/Orientation
  • Walking tour of the Plaka, the historic market area of Athens
  • 7 PM: Dinner at kosher restaurant followed by meeting with Moses Constantinis, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities In Greece

Friday, November 3

  • 8-10 AM: Working breakfast with Israeli and American Ambassadors
  • 10:30 AM meeting with George Kanellos, Principal of the Athens Jewish Community School. Tour of school and school chesed assignments
  • After lunch, visit the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Theatre of Dionysus and the Palace
  • Meeting with Zanet Battinou, Athens Jewish Museum Director. Athens Jewish Museum tour followed by visit to the Athens Jewish Communal and Youth Center
  • 3:30 Return to the hotel, prepare for Shabbat
  • 4:58 PM Candle Lighting; Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat @Beth Shalom
  • Shabbat Dinner with members of Athens Jewish Community
  • Hotel/Shul Oneg Shabbat 

Shabbat, November 4

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • 9:00 AM: Shabbat services-davening/leyning Mission participants; Kiddush
  • Shabbat Lunch with Chief Rabbi Gabriel Negrin and community guests
  • 2:00 PM: Walking Tour of Athens past and present
  • Visit the Beth Shalom Sephardic Synagogue, Athens’ Main synagogue and view the Romaniot Synagogue
  • 4:57 PM Mincha/Seudah Shlisheet/Ma’ariv/Havdalah
  • 5:57 PM Shabbat ends
  • 7:00 PM Kosher dinner and dance like Zorba at a Greek Taverna 

Sunday, November 5

  • Departure to Halkis
  • Visit the synagogue and cemetery in Halkis. Meet with local Jewish community
  • Box Lunch
  • Depart for Volos. Visit the Volos Synagogue and cemetery. Meet the President and Vice President of the Volos Jewish Community: Raphael Frezis and Elias Kones.
  • Overnight in Volos 

Monday, November 6 

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Depart for Veroia. Learn about the tragic history near the synagogue
  • Depart for Salonika and visit the Alexander The Great Museum
  • Salonika Chesed Activity at Old People’s Home, Shoah Survivors
  • Dinner followed by Baklava instruction at Jewish Community Center
  • Walking and/or bus tour of Salonika/meet with David Saltiel, former president of the Jewish communities of Greece.
  • Overnight in Salonika at Davitel Hotel

Tuesday, November 7 

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit to the Yad L’Zikaron Synagogue; Jewish History Museum
  • Visit to the Square of the Jewish Martyrs, The Old/New Jewish Cemeteries; Holocaust Memorial; Synagogue of the Monastrinotes; Jewish Community Center; Archaeological Museum
  • Box lunch
  • Visit to Jewish school in Salonika and chesed activity
  • Dinner followed by free time
  • Overnight in Salonika
  • Optional Historic Segway Tour of Salonika 

Wednesday, November 8 

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Departure to Athens
  • Stop in Larissa and meet with local Jewish representatives
  • Chesed visit to Restion Hebrew Home, Holocaust survivors.
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the Monastiraki district, the Benaki Museum and Hadrians’s library.
  • Free Time
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Overnight in Athens N.J.V. Hotel Plaza

Thursday, November 9

  • Morning departure to the Athens Airport***Itinerary Subject To Change: $3,495 per person; Single Supplement: $600
    Optional Historic Segway Tour of Salonika: Extra Charge



  • Seven (7) nights accommodation in four & five star deluxe hotels including taxes, service charges and baggage handling (1 standard size bag plus 1 carry-on per person)
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing with expert local guides and Rabbi Joel & Aviva Tessler including entrance fees where applicable
  • Hands on Chesed Activities
  • Political Action
  • History & Culture
  • Private deluxe motor coach


4 Responses to Adult Mission – Greece Nov 2017

  1. Craig Yokum says:

    Sounds very exciting. I still have to see how much time for leave I will have available then. Todah! Yasou!

  2. arline udler says:

    Sounds great…Looking forward.

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