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Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Cyprus

NICOSIA – 31 st March 2023

Cyprus-Israel ties are stronger than ever with, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen,

who arrived on the island Thursday ahead of trilateral talks between Cyprus, Israel

and Greece. Minister Cohen said, “Cyprus was a safe place for Israelis”.

As part of the diplomatic visit that took place in Cyprus, the Chief Rabbi of

Cyprus, Rabbi Arie Zeev Raskin, met with the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Mr. Eli Cohen, in honour of the upcoming holiday of Passover.

Rabbi Raskin spoke to the minister about the Jewish Community of Cyprus, and

the needs of the community at this time, which today numbers over a thousand


The rabbi and Minister also mentioned that Sunday will be the 121st birthday of

the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who made sure that every Jew received a matza reserved

for Passover wherever he was.

In the spirit of this programme started by the Rebbe, Rabbi Raskin also presented

the Minister with a holiday kit with a “Shmurah matzah' as part of the distribution

of the Central Rabbinical centre of Europe, which distributes over 120-thousand

matzah kits to Jews across Europe.

Passover (Pascha) celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in

Egypt. One of the major “Mitzvot” - (A mitzvot is like doing a good, it originates

from the bible, G-d commanded to do specific good deeds).

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