The Jewish Community of Cyprus is launching the campaign to educate the world about the historical and cultural importance of Cyprus to the Jewish people.
• The Jewish Museum of Cyprus will showcase the history of Jews in Cyprus dating back almost 2000 years and in particular how Cyprus continues to be important to the Jewish people.
• Cyprus is the only major country that does not have a Jewish Museum or a Holocaust Museum.
• Cyprus and Cypriots played an important role in assisting Holocaust victims escaping Europe after World War II as they made their way to Israel.
• The Jewish Museum of Cyprus is an international educational and cultural project that promotes and benefits The Republic of Cyprus.
• Throughout the history of Cyprus, Jewish people have always lived on the island. There are references to large population groups in Ancient Salamis and other coastal towns. In the 16th century, 2,000 Jews are said to have lived in Famagusta. During the Ottoman rule (1571-1878), the Jewish community of Cyprus thrived due to the influx of Sephardi Jews fleeing the Iberian Peninsula.
Visit the JMC's website for more info on how to support this important project.