On January 15th, members of New York's Cypriot and Jewish communities organized a Cultural Celebration with their traditional food, wines, dancing and music at the Pancyprian Center/Dionysos Restaurant. The event was held jointly by the Federation of American Cypriot Organizations (FCAO), PSEKA, the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce, Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), AJC Westchester/Fairfield under the auspices of the Consulate General of Cyprus in New York and the Israel Consulate General in New York. This was the first cultural event organized among the Cypriot and Jewish organizations of New York with the aim to promote the cultural cooperation among the two communities. More than 70 members of the Jewish and Greek Cypriot organizations attended the successful event.
The cultivation of the relationship between the two communities commenced two years ago by the President of FCAO, with the idea of cultural cooperation among the two communities.
“This is not the first time the two communities have come together. Our people have interacted with each other through the centuries. There is a strong alliance among the governments of Cyprus and Israel on the political, energy and environmental sectors, but it is through culture, theater, arts, dancing, education that the people of the countries will come together. The Cypriot/Jewish Cultural Celebration at the Pancyprian Center signifies the beginning of a long-lasting relationship for the two communities that can only grow and expand” quoted Mr. Papastylianou.
The event opened by the President of PSEKA, Philip Christopher welcoming the guests. The President of PSEKA said,” the event is about two very similar cultures that have always been together.”
The President of FCAO, Kyriacos Papastylianou welcomed the guests and spoke on the importance to preserve and promote our rich culture and history.
Mona Abramson, Chair for the Cyprus Diplomatic Outreach Team for Westchester/Fairfield, spoke warmly about the Cypriot community and the relations with the Cypriot diplomats in the United States. Ms. Abramson thanked Cyprus for its friendship with Israel, stressing that the Israelis would always remember the hospitality of the Cypriots towards the Jewish refugees who were trying to reach Palestine.
The Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York, Israeli Nitzan, referred to the importance of his country's strategic relationship with Cyprus and Greece. "These days, we had several high-level sessions between our prime ministers and our presidents. In recent years our relationship has gained incredible scope, depth, and determination, expanding beyond energy and covering the strategic situation and security in the region, " he said.
Greetings were also made by the Consul General of Cyprus in New York, Alexis Phedonos, the President of the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce Nicos Nicolaou and the Senior Fellow for HALC Nicholas Katsimpras.
Tribute was paid to the Founder of HALC Nikos Mouyiaris who passed away recently.
Federation of Cypriot American Organizations
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The mission of the FCAO is to, preserve and promote the Hellenic Cypriot culture, heritage, principles and ideals in the United States of America through the coordination and promotion of cultural, charitable, educational, fraternal and professional activities.
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