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AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 24 - Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Τετάρτη, 15 Ιούνιος 2016 12:10

AHEPA e-News! - Vol. 10 Issue 24 - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 

AHEPA Statement on Hagia Sophia
Supreme President John W. Galanis issued the following June 10
AHEPA family members gather in front of Hagia Sophia during the May 2016 Leadership Excursion.
statement on the Turkish government's decision to allow a daily reading from The Koran during Ramadan in Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

"Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a component of the Historic Areas of Istanbul. UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value. Indeed, Hagia Sophia's value is universal and transcends religion. In addition to Orthodox Christians and clergy, historians, artists and art historians, architects, engineers, archeologists, academicians, authors and journalists all appreciate and value Hagia Sophia.
L-R: Remaining AHEPA Centennial Foundation Board Members PSG Tom Rakus, Dr. Victor Polizos, Lou Zakas, Past Supreme Counselor William Marianes and Dr. Pandeli "Lee" Dubertaki.
AHEPA Family Members Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Tribute Sculpture Dedication
AHEPA family members gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the "Tribute to Olympism" Sculpture, June 4, Atlanta, Ga.  The $775,000 sculpture, dedicated June 1, 1996, stands in Atlanta's Centennial Park as a lasting legacy of AHEPA and as a gift from the community to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games.  Tribute's fan-like design absorbed shrapnel during the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, saving lives. 
Pictured are the remaining board members of AHEPA Centennial Foundation, Inc., who were able to attend the weekend's events, which included a gathering of a large group at Centennial Park and a dinner in celebration.  The board members wore Hawaiian shirts in honor and remembrance of the late Past Supreme President Johnny N. Economy, who spearheaded the project as the foundation's president.
Statement | Orlando Nightclub Shooting Condemned
Supreme President John W. Galanis issued the following June 12 statement on the Orlando nightclub shooting--the deadliest mass shooting in American history:

"The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association condemns and is outraged by the act of terror and hate that took place in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with the families of the victims and all those who have been affected by this deplorable and heinous act. The American Hellenic community stands with the community of Orlando during this most difficult time and commends Orlando's first responders."

AHEPA City Beautiful Chapter 161, Orlando, will be working with local entities to provide assistance to the families of the victims. More details forthcoming.
In March 2010, Senator Voinovich receives his honor from then Supreme President Nicholas Karacostas accompanied by then DOP Grand President Elaine Sampanis and then Chairman of the Board Franklin Manios, PSP, both Ohio constituents.
Sad News | AHEPA Mourns Passing of Ahepan, former Senator George Voinovich
AHEPA is deeply saddened by the passing of former Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, announced Supreme President John W. Galanis. Brother Voinovich was instrumental in enhancing and strengthening the security measures of the United States' Visa Waiver Program and supported Greece's entry into the VWP. In March 2010, Supreme President Nicholas Karacostas presented Senator Voinovich with the AHEPA Paul E. Tsongas Public Service Award for his bipartisan work in the Senate. Brother Voinovich, was a 25-year member of AHEPA Chapter 480, North Royalton, Ohio. He passed away Sunday. May his memory be eternal.

Sad News | AHEPA Mourns Passing of AHEPA Medal of Freedom Recipient, Brother Col. Steve Pisanos
AHEPA is deeply saddened by the passing of World War II Flying Ace Col. Steve Pisanos (USAF, ret.), who was the recipient of the 2013 AHEPA Medal of Freedom at the 40th AHEPA Congressional Banquet. Col. Pisanos, 96, was an AHEPA Life Member of Chapter 528, Palm Desert, Calif., and he also attended events held by Chapter 505, San Diego, Calif. The colonel, nicknamed "The Flying Greek," served as a fighter pilot with the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) 4th Fighter Group in World War II. Col. Pisanos was credited with 10 victories and thus considered an ace. He also served with the French Resistance after being shot down over southern France, and he served in Vietnam.
In his acceptance remarks, the retired colonel expressed his love and appreciation of his adopted country for providing him with the opportunity to become an aviator.  He concluded his acceptance remarks by saluting the audience-a classy gesture the crowd appreciated. He passed away June 6. May his memory be eternal.
In Pictures | DOP Executive Director Receives Honor
Congratulations to Daughters of Penelope Executive Director Elena Skardis Saviolakis who was recognized for her 10 years of distinguished and dedicated service by DOP Capital District 3 Lodge at the Hermione Chapter 11 End of Year luncheon held June 11.
Hellenic Caucus Membership at 137. Help It Grow.
ACTION ITEM | Help Us Grow the Hellenic Caucus!
Congress heads into the homestretch of the 114th Congress, but there is still plenty of time!  AHEPA asks that you help us to grow the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues to newer heights.  The Hellenic Caucus has been an active, bipartisan group in Congress since its founding in 1995.  It is co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
Membership in the Hellenic Caucus stands at 137.
Ahepans tour the Saint Nicholas construction site.
AHEPA is determined to meet its Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign fund raising goal. The administrative year is well underway and donations--large and small--are pouring in for AHEPA's #RebuildStNicholas capital campaign.  
  • ICYMI | We have received a flurry of donations from across the country for the campaign to help rebuild St. Nicholas National Shrine!  AHEPA Chapter 59, Canton, Ohio: $15,000; Tom's Restaurant, Coney Island, N.Y.: $5,000; Buckeye District 11, Ohio: $2,000; AHEPA Chapter 215, Portsmouth, N.H.: $1,500; Automotive District 10, Michigan: $1,250; and Districts 10 & 11 combined for a $1,250 donation! Thank you!
Visit our #RebuildStNicholas campaign webpage.
Has your district or chapter organized a fundraiser for the campaign to #RebuildStNicholas?  Take action and support AHEPA's campaign today! Please tweet about your fundraising activity by using #RebuildStNicholas to share your work with the broader community!
Thanks to a live webcam, you can watch progress being made with a first-hand look at the site where Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be build.
The Ahepan

Check out the spring winter issue of The Ahepan! Share it with family and friends by forwarding this electronic version.
Read about how AHEPA and Congress came together in appreciation for a World War II hero, recap AHEPA's participation on a Leadership Mission to Israel, Cyprus and Greece in January, and catch a preview of the 94th Supreme Convention to be held this summer in Las Vegas. Also, check out the latest on how AHEPA chapters give back to the community.
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Upcoming Events

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24-29 | 94th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention, Las Vegas, Nev.
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AHEPA National Invitational Basketball Tournament 2016 
Wed., July 27 - Fri., July 29, 2016 | Las Vegas, Nevada

The AHEPA National Athletics Department is holding its annual NAIBT - National AHEPA Invitational Basketball Tournament at the end of the Supreme Convention in Las Vegas. Opening round games begin the evening of Wed., July 27, continue Thurs., July 28, and culminate Fri., July 29. Teams entering the tournament will be required to submit a $400 entry fee to reserve their slot, which will be fully refunded following the completion of their participation in the tournament for those teams who register before 6/12/16. In addition, all teams completing participation will also receive $400 to assist them with travel expenses.  (more
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Greek American News Digest 
Hope lost in Greece, some Syrians pay smugglers to get homeAssociated Press (June 11) Europe seemed like the promised land, worth risking their lives to reach. But in a muddy field on the northern edge of Greece, their dreams died. Now, dozens of Syrian refugees are risking their lives again but in the opposite direction - paying smugglers to take them back to Turkey, and heading home.  Rather than brave the often treacherous waves of the Aegean again, they face the dangerous currents of the Evros River, which runs along the Greek-Turkish border.  read more 
Decade of labor reveals philosopher's guide to the galaxyAssociated Press (June 9) When you're trying to fathom a mangled relic of very old hi-tech, it helps to have the manufacturer's instructions.  For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism - named after the southern Greek island off which it was found - was a tantalizing puzzle.  From a few words deciphered on the twisted, corroded fragments of bronze gears and plates, experts guessed it was an astronomical instrument. But much more remained hidden out of sight.  After more than a decade's efforts using cutting-edge scanning equipment, an international team of scientists has now read about 3,500 characters of explanatory text - a quarter of the original - in the innards of the 2,100-year-old remains.  read more 
First Holy and Great Synod of Christianity in 1100 Years Greek Reporter (June 13) Orthodox patriarchs around the world are preparing for the Holy and Great Synod, a meeting that is the first in 1000 years and has been under discussion for almost a century.  The Synod will take place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete and is scheduled to run from June 16 to June 26. The Council meeting is the first of its kind in over 1100 years: the last Pan-Orthodox council of this scale was convened in Constantinople in 879-880, when over 380 bishops attended, a Sigma Live report says.  read more 
The Greek Hero at the Gym Wall Street Journal (June 10) When my cousin Juliet and one of her friends, both eighth-graders, joined the women's weightlifting team at their school, I was astonished. When else in history could such a thing have been possible? The girls had done it, Juliet explained, "because we wanted to start a new sport that would make us stronger." It is a simple goal, but it says a lot about our remarkable moment in the history of fitness.  When I was her age (I'm now 47), a girl wanting to get stronger might have provoked snorts of disapproval and mockery, even disgust. Ordinary young women weren't supposed to want muscles or to bother with being strong.  read more 
AHEPA and AHI invite you  to Go to Greece this Summer Greek News (June 12)  AHEPA Executive Director Basil Mossaidis and AHI President Nick Larigakis speaking to "Greek News" send their own invitation to the Greek American Community to visit Greece this summer.  Both leaders of the major Greek American organizations commended "Greek News" for its seventh consecutive campaign "This Summer, Let' go to Greece", and in their messages site the reasons why Greek Americans should visit the homeland.  The AHEPA holds for 27 years the "Journey to Greece" program for young students, while the American Hellenic Institutes organizes annually every summer a foreign policy emergence trip to Greece and Cyprus.  read more 
Milwaukee Bucks approve Giannis Antetokounmpo's request to play for Greece UPI  (June 11) The Milwaukee Bucks have approved the request of Giannis Antetokounmpo to play for his native Greece as the country makes a run at qualifying for the Summer Olympics. Antetokounmpo will play in Olympic qualifiers for the Greek National Team in Group Play on July 4 and 6. Two teams will advance to the semifinals against two teams from another group and the survivor of the final on July 9 claims an Olympic berth in Rio de Janeiro.  read more 


Playboy mansion Σε «ελληνικά» χέρια η έπαυλη του Playboy - Ποιος είναι ο νέος αγοραστής
Τρίτη, 07 Ιούνιος 2016 18:10

Playboy mansion

Σε «ελληνικά» χέρια η έπαυλη του Playboy - Ποιος είναι ο νέος αγοραστής

Η θρυλική έπαυλη του Playboy, εκεί όπου ο Χιου Χέφνερ οργάνωνε τα περιβόητα πάρτι του, πωλήθηκε και πέρασε σε «ελληνικά» χέρια.

Το αρχοντικό του 1927, στη γειτονιά Χόλμπι Χιλς του Λος Αντζελες, αγοράστηκε από τον Ντάρεν Μητρόπουλο, ο οποίος είναι ιδιοκτήτης του διπλανού σπιτιού, σύμφωνα με εκπρόσωπό του, όπως γράφει το Wall Street Journal. Το είχε αγοράσει και αυτό από τον Χιου Χέφνερ, το 2009, για 18 εκατ. δολάρια και ο Μητρόπουλος, όπως ανέφερε ο εκπρόσωπός του, έχει πάθος με την αρχιτεκτονική αυτής της γειτονιάς.

Ο 32χρονος Μητρόπουλος είναι πρώην συν-διευθύνων σύμβουλος της Pabst Brewing Company, ενώ του ανήκει η επενδυτική εταιρεία Metropoulos & Co. Ο πατέρας του, ο δισεκατομμυριούχος επενδυτής και επιχειρηματίας Ντιν Μητρόπουλος, ήταν 10 ετών όταν οι γονείς του αποφάσισαν να αφήσουν την Ελλάδα και να μεταναστεύσουν στις ΗΠΑ. Σύμφωνα με το Forbes, η αξία του Ντιν Μητρόπουλου εκτιμάται ότι ήταν 2,6 δισ. δολάρια τον περασμένο Αύγουστο.

Πριν από μερικούς μήνες, είχε ανακοινωθεί ότι μπαίνει πωλητήριο στην έπαυλη του Playboy, για 200 εκατ. δολάρια, αν και τελική τιμή πώλησης δεν έχει επιβεβαιωθεί ακόμη.

Σύμφωνα με τους όρους της πώλησης, ο 90χρονος Χέφνερ έχει το δικαίωμα να συνεχίσει να μένει εκεί για το υπόλοιπο της ζωής του. Οταν φύγει, ο Μητρόπουλος σκοπεύει να ενώσει τις δύο ιδιοκτησίες του.

Η έπαυλη του Playboy διαθέτει 29 δωμάτια- από αυτά τα 12 κρεβατοκάμαρες- ενώ έχει μέχρι και άδεια για ζωολογικό κήπο. Είχε αγοραστεί από την εταιρεία που εκδίδει το διάσημο ανδρικό περιοδικό το 1971, για 1,05 εκατ. δολάρια.

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Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris Recipient of "Damaskinos Award" Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris was the second recipient of the "Damaskinos Award" on June 1, 2016 in New York City.
Πέμπτη, 02 Ιούνιος 2016 17:00

Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris Recipient of "Damaskinos Award"

Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris was the second recipient of the "Damaskinos Award" on June 1, 2016 in New York City.

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The award goes to individuals who have promoted and defended tolerance and cooperation among all religions in Greece. Yiannis Boutaris has undertaken and implemented many important initiatives - among them is the founding of The Holocaust Museum and Educational Centre.

His efforts have contributed to the recognition of the significant role of the Sephardic Jews to the rebirth, prosperity and culture of this City during the past five centuries. In particular, Mayor Boutaris' ability to foster ties between the Jewish and Christian communities in Greece speaks to our own pluralistic New York, where many tens of thousands of people of Greek origin reside and work.





AHEPA Honors America's Fallen Heroes
Δευτέρα, 30 Μάιος 2016 17:15

AHEPA Honors America's Fallen Heroes
Ahepans Lay a Wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns,
Visit More Than 600 Gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery
WASHINGTON (May 30, 2016) - A proud tradition continued Memorial Day 2016 when members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, paid their respects on behalf of the American Hellenic community to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, democracy, and liberty at Arlington National Cemetery.   
Brother George Karatzia, who served in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam War veteran; retired U.S. Army Col. Nicholas P. Vamvakias, who served two combat tours in Vietnam where he received the Silver Star, America's third-highest award for Valor and three awards of the Bronze Star, one for Valor, and the Purple Heart; and Executive Director Basil Mossaidis participated at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  An Honor Guard Specialist assisted them. Since 1924 Ahepans have returned annually to Arlington to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
"This was one of the most powerfully moving experiences of my life," Karatzia said. "We honored the sacrifices of those throughout our nation's history who paid the ultimate price, and we expressed--in a small yet significant way--our community's gratitude to our nation's fallen.  It was especially meaningful to perform this ceremony as our brave men and women remain in harm's way."
Estimated 660 Gravesites Memorialized at Arlington
On Saturday, May 28, 2016, AHEPA family members from the Washington, D.C. metro area, led by AHEPA Chapter 31, Washington, D.C., Col. Peter N. Derzis Chapter 438, Arlington, Va., and Molon Labe Chapter 542, Dulles, Va., gathered to memorialize those identified as Greek Americans orGreek Orthodox who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. According to organizers, there are roughly 660 gravesites at which AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope members present a laurel wreath and pause in remembrance of those who perished for our nation. This ceremony has been performed annually since 1949.
"I commend the AHEPA family of the Metro Washington, D.C. area for its carefully detailed effort to properly honor and remember the memory of those brave souls of our community who sacrificed so much for freedom," Supreme President John Galanis said.
For more information about Arlington National Cemetery, please visit
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Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  
AHEPA's mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism. 
For more information, please visit


The Greek Jewish Festival! The second annual street fair promises to be bigger than the first. By Gabriela Geselowitz
Τετάρτη, 25 Μάιος 2016 13:32

The Greek Jewish Festival!

The second annual street fair promises to be bigger than the first.

By  / May 19, 2016


Hungry for baklava and knowledge?

If you find yourself in the NYC area this Sunday (May 22nd), try the Greek Jewish Festival, based out of Kehila Kedosha Janina, (no, you don’t have to be Greek and/or Jewish).

After last year’s smash inauguration (they had about 2,000 attendees), this year’s street fair will be bigger, better, and tastier (and trust us, last year was tasty). This festival offers a new musical lineup (including Rebetika, known also as “Greek soul music”), more family activities, and food that includes a vintage Good Humor truck selling kosher ice cream (because why not?).

“We’re adapting and reinventing what it means to be a Greek Jew, and to celebrate a culture and a heritage,” Andrew Marcus, the festival’s director, told Jewcy. “We see this festival as another key component of sustaining and revitalizing our communtiy for the next generation.”


While Greek Jews suffered greatly in the Holocaust (about four-fifths of the population perished), American Jews seem to forget that there are plenty of Greek Jews among us today. They are either descendants of survivors or those who emigrated before the war (hello, Hank Azaria).

Kehila Kedosha Janina, is over a century old, and its current building, which contains a small museum, is almost 90. Sunday’s festival centers on the synagogue at 280 Broome Street on the Lower East Side, and takes over the street.

The congregation is notable for several reasons, such as its continued existence on the Lower East Side, its Greek roots, and more specifically, uniquely amongst American synagogues abiding by Romaniote customs. While some Greek Jews are Sephardic, Romaniote Jews are a distinct group that these days live almost entirely in Israel and the United States.

Marcus noted that a touching part of last year’s festivities was seeing Greek Jewish families reunite, and this year plans to include a map of the region where attendees can mark where their families came from in Greece, Turkey, or the Balkans.


The festival (more information on Facebook or its website) runs from noon to six, and thousands are going to come by. Be one of them: Hear some amazing music, eat great food, and learn about a Jewish group that’s bent on not only surviving, but thriving.

Images courtesy of the Greek Jewish Festival.


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