Interviewee: Deniz Nahmias
Title: Deniz Nahmias at the Jewish community center
Place and Date: Thessaloniki, Greece - 1960s
Here you can see me (first from right) celebrating with friends at the Jewish community center in Thessaloniki. Also in this picture are: my husband, Albertos, Leon and Tzina Benmayor and Eva Karasso and her husband. The photo was taken in the 1960s.
As middle-aged people, I mean when my son and daughter were old enough, we used to go with 'Golden Age' on trips organized by the Community. The Community also organized for us nights with food, music and dance so that we'd have a good time. We thought that it was our duty to join all these activities since the Community really cared about us. We also went to the events organized by the 'Hellas-Israel' association, to lectures, to everything that was organized by the Community. It has been almost two years that we have stopped going.
We used to go the synagogue only for Kippur and to the weddings that were taking place. We avoided going to the synagogue because we don't understand any Hebrew. I remember my mother forced us to learn Hebrew but we had a bad teacher and no one learned it. My mother paid Zahariadis to hire a Hebrew teacher exclusively for us. Since then I tried to learn this language many times but I failed. If you are not in Israel, it is difficult to learn Hebrew. Only my daughter speaks it.