Moissis, Asher

   Greek author, trans-lator and communal leader. He was born in Trikkala. He became a lawyer and participated in Jewish communal and Zionist affairs. In 1917 he founded the Zionist monthly Israel, which he also edited. In the 1930s he published books on Jewish subjects, particularly Greco-Jewish relations through the ages. He served as president of the Jewish National Fund (1930-8), the Salonika Jewish community (1934-6), and the Greek Zionist Federation (1936-8). Later he was president of the Central Council of Jewish Communities in Greece (1944-9), and from 1948 served as honorary consul of Israel in Athens.

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  • MOISSIS, ASHER — (1899–1975), Greek author, translator, and Jewish communal leader. Born in Trikkala, Moissis became a lawyer but soon began to take an active part in Jewish communal and Zionist affairs. In 1917 he founded the Zionist monthly Israel which he… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • TRIKKALA — (Trikala), city in W. Thessaly, Greece. In the third and fourth centuries, Trikkala was an important Hellenistic city that probably had a Jewish population, but little is known about it. From 1421 to 1451, there were an estimated 387 Jewish… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • GREEK LITERATURE, MODERN — The literary image of the Jew was molded in Greece by the Jews themselves, by Greek non Jews and, indirectly, by the Turks. In ancient Greece, Jews were referred to as a community of philosophers. In the Hellenistic period there was some anti… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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