The Welcome Reception of ACAI-2019/HAISS-2019 will be held at Sinagogi Bar, located in the Old Town of Chania.
Sinagogi Bar is housed in a 15th-century Venetian building that is located right next to the Etz Hayyim Synagogue.
The Etz Hayyim Synagogue remains the sole Jewish monument in the Island of Crete after the virtual eradication of the Jewish community in 1944 and was rededicated in 1999 by Nicholas Stavroulakis.
The Sinagogi Bar building itself is believed to have been used in the past by the local Jewish community as its aqueduct and baths, as well as its school.
The building was bombed in the Second World War, hence the reason for not having a roof! It was in ruins before renovated into the Sinagogi Bar in 1995.
A second smaller bar exists inside the building, and its architecture allows both bars to work at the same time without sound cross-interference.
The beer to be served during the Welcome Reception is a fresh, unfiltered and unpasteurized lager made in Chania.
The wine to be served is a dry white one, of the grape variety “Moschofilero”, produced in the Peloponnese region of Nemea, aromatic and with a fruity taste!