The Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) Daniel on Tuesday welcomed the Ambassador of the State of Israel to Romania Tamar Samash, the former appreciating the good relations the Romanian Patriarchy has with the Jewish community of Romania, a release by the BOR reads.
The Patriarch stressed that in the last years the pilgrimages organised by the Romanian Patriarchy to Israel have very much intensified, so that several Romanian orthodox people have the chance to pray to the holy places and get to know better the biblical tradition, as well as the common spiritual values.
“Patriarch Daniel joyfully recalled the mine clearance project of the land where the Romanian skete of ‘Saint John the Baptist’ from Jordan, whose Father Superior used to be St. John Jacob of Neamt, once was. The relics of this saint can be worshipped at the Hozeva Monastery by the Romanian pilgrims who reach the Holy Land,” the release says.
The Israeli diplomat thanked for the welcome and sent her greetings for the upcoming Holy Easter holiday.
“She has also expressed her availability to contribute to the development of the joint projects, appreciating what has been accomplished so far. Various social and volunteering activities were also tackled, as well as the possibility to organise some new social and philanthropic projects. The sides agreed that all these contribute to enhancing relations between the two peoples and at the same time are a proof of the Judeo-Christian tradition’s heritage the European culture is grounded on, even if the latter sometimes forgets its spiritual roots,” the Patriarchy informs.
Upon her being welcomed at the patriarchal seat, Ambassador Tamar Samash was accompanied by Thea Haimovitz, member of the Romanian Jewish community.