Greek-Speaking Jews of Greece - Economy



The Greek-speaking Jews were primarily engaged as merchants. Many were in the textile business, selling ready-made fabrics, manufacturing textiles, and thread. A noted home industry of the Jewish women was the production of card-woven garters ( kaltsodetes ), for the stockings of Greek Christian men's traditional dress, as well as silk culture. Other Jewish businesses included that of butcher or animal factor, small goods or haberdashery shops, and brokerages for property or wholesale goods. A few members of the community were employed as professionals such as doctors, teachers, and lawyers. Today, Jewish shops sell household goods, furniture, clothing, and fabrics. One man repairs tin utensils for the villagers. Two young men run an electric repair shop. One man, Educated in the United States, teaches at the University of Ioannina.


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