The Embassy of Israel in Greece announced the death of Moses Constantinis, former President of the Central Jewish Council of Greece (KIS), on Thursday. He was 86 years old.
The embassy statement stresses that Constantinis worked to promote the issues of the Greek Jewish community, relations with other communities in Greece and relations between Greece and Israel.
The statement also highlights “the kindness, modesty and professionalism” of the deceased. Moses Constantinis served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Jewish Council of Greece for 13 years (1998 – 2010 and 2015 – 2016), following his term as Secretary General of the organizations from 1991 to 1997.
Moses Constantinis was also a founding member and General Secretary and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Museum of Greece. From 1971 until his death he was a Special Adviser to the Hellenic Post for Philatelic issues.
Born in Athens in 1932, he was from a family that contributed to Greek and to Jewish life as well. His father, Kanaris Constantinis, was a founding member, as well as the first President, of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece that was established in 1945, after WW II.
During the 1950s, young Constantinis was President of the Zionist Youth Organization and he was publishing the Jewish paper Al Magor. He did a lot of research in Greek Jewish history and was very active in all aspects of the Greek Jewish community.
The funeral of Moses Constantinis will take place on Sunday, September 23, at 3 pm, in the Jewish section of the 3rd Cemetery of Nikaia.