New York.- Greek American and Jewish American community leaders held their second meeting, at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations in New York City on December 12, 2012.
This is a second such meeting between the two communities with the first one being held in August 2011.
Among the participants from the Greek American community were representatives from AHEPA, led by Chairman of the Board of Trustees Nicholas Karacostas, PSEKA President Philip Christopher and AHI President Nick Larigakis. Part of the AHEPA delegation also were NY Supreme Governor Jimmy Kokotas and Executive Director Basil Mossaidis.
“I thank Supreme President Grossomanides for affording me the opportunity to lead our delegation to this extremely productive roundtable discussion,” said Chairman of the Board Karacostas, who also thanked Executive Director Mossaidis for working with Daniel Mariaschin, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International, to organize the roundtable. “There was a fruitful exchange of dialogue and sharing of ideas. We look forward to building upon this burgeoning relationship with the Conference of Presidents.”
“I would like to thank the organizers of this very important initiative to foster dialogue between our two communities,” said President Larigakis, who shared his experiences with the group based upon his travels within the Greek American community, as well as to Greece, Cyprus and Israel. “I believe the meeting was quite productive and informative. On behalf of AHI, I look forward to participating at future meetings aimed to build upon this dialogue and the ideas raised by the leaders of both communities.”
Richard B. Stone, chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations led the roundtable discussion, which touched upon continuity issues that are shared by both communities, Greece-Cyprus-Israel relations, and possible areas of cooperation between the two communities going forward.
The organizations received remarks from Ambassador of Israel to Greece Aryeh Mekel (via teleconference), Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus Pavlos Anastasiades, Consul General of Greece in New York Georgios Iliopoulos, and Consul General of Israel in New York Ido Aharoni.