Α branch of the Cervantes Institute will be established at the city of Thessaloniki following a signing held on Monday in Athens by visiting Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, the director of the Institute Cristina Conde de Beroldingen Geyr, and Chairman of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel.
Starting in September, the Thessaloniki branch will offer Spanish lessons to the city's Sephardic Community and will organize educational activities related to the cultural heritage of the Thessaloniki Sephardim.
The pact, signed at the Athens headquarters of the Cervantes Institute, will also promote the reconnection of children and young students of Thessaloniki's Sephardic Community with their language of origin, Spanish Hebrew. Some 1,200 Sephardic Jews live in Thessaloniki currently, said the Institute in a statement.
Two related educational initiatives were also announced: the creation of the first department of Sephardic History, Culture and Literature in Greece at the Juan Carlos Onetti library in the Cervantes Institute of Athens, and free online Spanish courses at the department of Sephardic Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.