Rhodes Jewish Museum

Museum Type Special Interests
City Rhodes
Address Dossiadou Street
Fax 31047-58144
Email info@RhodesJewishMuseum.org

Museum Description

Here we will provide you with information regarding the historical exhibition which is located in the rooms formerly used as the women's prayer rooms at the "Kahal Shalom" synagogue. In addition, its web site will inform you of other interesting subjects which are unique to the history of the Jews of Rhodes. This web site is produced by The Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation, which is a non-profit organization, founded by Aron Hasson, and established to preserve the unique history of the Jews of Rhodes.

About the Founder:

I was born in Los Angeles and am a third generation "Rhodesli". I am an attorney in Los Angeles where I have been practicing immigration law for nineteen years. During my first three years of law practice, I worked for the Jewish Family Service in Los Angeles representing the agency with their refugee and asylum cases. Since March 1982 I have practiced immigration law in the Westwood area of Los Angeles.

In 1974, and more recently in July 1996, I have written articles for the Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly concerning the Rhodeslis who emigrated to Los Angeles. This was carried out with the encouragement and cooperation of its editor, Rabbi William Kramer.

I was inspired to visit the Island of Rhodes in 1975 by stories told to me by my grandparents. Its special charm and history fascinated me. Several years later, in 1995, I went back to Rhodes with my family for my children to learn of their family heritage. It was during that trip that I noticed the need of advancing the public awareness and appreciation of its unique history unfortunately devastated by the Holocaust.

Over the past year I created two institutions to fulfill this goal. First, I established The Rhodes Jewish Museum, which exhibits photographic materials and other artifacts, and secondly I set up The Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation, which is a non-profit organization to be used as a vehicle for furthering this goal. In October 1997, I created this web site in order to be an information source for people interested in the history of the Jews of Rhodes as well as those planning to travel to Rhodes. The web site has been technically designed with the kind assistance and computer expertise of my brother, Don Hasson.

I hope the web site will be an enjoyable learning experience for all viewers.

Aron Hasson

The former Jewish Quarter of Rhodes is located in the eastern section of the Old City of Rhodes near the pier of the cruise ships. The Kahal Shalom synagogue and The Jewish Museum of Rhodes are located on Dossiadou Street (see map below). They are open da

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