A Conversation with the Mayor: The Honorable Moses Elisaf, Mayor of Ioannina
January 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PT
As part of Heritage and Memory: A Focus on Jewish Greece, the UCLA SNF Hellenic Center, together with the Panepirotic Federation of America, welcomes you to a conversation with the Honorable Moses Elisaf, Mayor of Ioannina. The conversation will be introduced by Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the United States. Moses Elisaf was born in Ioannina in 1954 and graduated from the University of Athens in 1979. His parents were Holocaust survivors who managed to escape the roundup during which most of Ioannina’s Jews were deported to Auschwitz; only 9% of the community survived. Elisaf is a pathologist, a professor of internal medicine at Ioannina Medical School, and director of the Lipids, Atherosclerosis, Obesity and Diabetes Department. Between 1993 and 1994, he worked at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. He has been the President of the Romaniote Jewish community of Ioannina for more than a decade, and was previously a member of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece. Running as an independent politician, Elisaf was elected Mayor of Ioannina in June 2019. He is a centrist and aims to build consensus around policies for the city’s development, such as improving infrastructure and public services. Elisaf is the first Jewish mayor in the history of Greece.
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