Patriarch Daniel meets with Israeli Ambassador to Bucharest Tamar Samash

Bucharest, 20 March 2018 –  His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church received in audience Her Excellency the Ambassador of Israel to Romania Mrs. Tamar Samash, who was accompanied by Mrs. Thea Haimovitz, member of the Jewish community in Romania.

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel thanked for the visit and noted the good ties between the Romanian Patriarchate and the Jewish community in Romania. The Patriarch pointed to the fact that over the last years the pilgrimages organized by the Romanian Patriarchate in Israel have intensified, thus many Romanian Orthodox pilgrims have the opportunity to venerate the Holy Places and to better know the biblical tradition, and the common spiritual values.

Patriarch Daniel joyfully recalled the project of demining the land in Jordan where the Romanian Hermitage of Saint John the Baptist was located, whose hegoumen was Saint John Jacob of Neamt. The relics of the Saint can be venerated at the Hozeva Monastery by all Romanian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land.

The Ambassador thanked for being received and conveyed her wishes on the forthcoming Easter.

Ambassador Samash expressed her willingness to contribute to the development of joint projects, appreciating what has been achieved so far. Various social and volunteering activities were discussed as well as the possibility of organizing new social-philanthropic projects.

It has been appreciated that all these projects contribute to strengthening the relations between the two peoples and at the same time constitute a testimony of the heritage of the Judeo-Christian tradition underlying European culture, even if sometimes Europe forgets its spiritual origins.

Press office of the Romanian Patriarchate

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Photography courtesy of Robert Nicolae /

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