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“Makom” in a revived synagogue in Crete: the Role of Nikos Stavroulakis z”l

6 comments on ““Makom” in a revived synagogue in Crete: the Role of Nikos Stavroulakis z”l

  1. I attended ACS from 1963 to 1967 and Stavi was always admired as a teacher, even by those of us who had little interest in learning…….. His voluminous memory of dates and facts was jaw dropping, as he lectured without notes. A true character among men, he had a pet monkey. And a pet brother. I had the great opportunity of seeing him in 2006. My mother, a former ACS English teacher and colleague of Nikos’ and my father and I met him for lunch in Chania. Always interesting and entertaining……. I still wear my outer shirt, unbuttoned, over a t-shirt as he did and I think of him and his let it all out laugh. Certainly a very memorable human being. They broke the mould…….

  2. What a lovely tribute, Ioanna. As I told you when we met in October 2018 at Etz Hayyim, Nikos Stavroulakis was my history teacher when I attended the American School in Athens in 1962-63. He was one of the most fascinating and unforgettable teachers I ever had. Even at age 16, I could see that he was destined for greater things.

    For more than 50 years, I had no idea what those things might be. It was not until 2016, when my wife and I were preparing to visit Crete and spend a week in Chania, that I came across his name. I contacted Anya at Etz Hayyim and she invited us to a Rosh Hashanah Eve service and dinner. It was marvelous to see my former teacher, who seemed to remember me. Perhaps he was simply being polite. Though he was very frail, his mind was sharp, and I treasure my memories of that event.

  3. my connent got lost–our friendship dted from 1950-54 at Univ of Notre Dame and conitnued through our lives.

    I lived and workd in Jeruslem (Tantur Ecumenical Institute) from 1980-94 and regularly stoppe ovr to see him enroute.

  4. Ionna–send you an email. Our being frinds began at Notre Dme University (i950-54 AND CONTINUED TEH REST OF OUR LIVES. I wired and livind in Jerusalem from 1980-94, and would regulrarly stopover enroute. I still miss his cooking! David Burrell

  5. Beautiful article, Ioanna. Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories about Nikos. I am very sorry to hear of his passing last May.

    I knew him from my summer of 1986 when after completing an architecture degree at Cornell University, I and two architect friends (Scott Lauer and David Zink-Brody, both of whom are still close friends of mine) produced measured drawings of the Etz Hayyim Synagogue then in its derelict state under Nikos’ direction. I would love to meet you to share my experiences of that summer in Chania. It is also wonderful to hear how Nikos has transformed the Jewish community there by renovating the synagogue.


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