Though the times were critical, the show of friendship toward Albanians was heartwarming.
Speech of Rabbi Yoel Kaplan, Chief Rabbi of Albania at the “Religion as an Instrument of Peace” conference, organised by the President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta, in cooperation with US State Department in Tirana.
I was privileged to meet Norman exactly once, on February 19, 2019. We met in The Palace, an aptly named assisted living facility in Coral Gables. Having made phone contact a few weeks prior to my visit, I introduced myself as a New York rabbi living in Albania. He became as eager to meet me as I was to meet him.
Vlora Çitaku, Kosovo’s ambassador to the United States
Bardhyl Canaj, Albania’s ambassador to Israel
The anti-Israeli voices on the fringes of US politics are nothing more than a flash in the pan. Israel has always enjoyed bipartisan support in America. This is what genuine, ironclad support looks like. A love story that is grounded in shared values and a shared ethos.
The $300,000 museum-synagogue project is spearheaded by Votem Demiri, the 72-year-old patriarch of Kosovo’s Jewish community. His daughter, Ines Demiri, an official at Kosovo’s consulate-general in New York, organized the business delegation to Prishtinë and Prizren as well as its members’ meetings with Prime Minister Haradinaj and other top officials.
Prof. Eyal Zisser is a lecturer in the Middle East History Department at Tel Aviv University.