The synagogue and the Jewish communal offices are the centers of the community. Most members of the community live in close proximity to each other in a communally owned apartment house, which was built in the 1960s, and in Neighboring homes. They are thus in daily contact with each other. Interaction on the business level is with both Jews and Christians. Generally, few members of the Jewish community have in-depth social contact with the Christians. As in other Jewish communities, self-help societies ( hevrot ) traditionally were active in Ioannina, including the society for poor brides, the society for the poor, and the burial society. Only the last is still in existence today. Other Jewish affiliation is with the KIS, the central Jewish organization in Athens, which monitors all community affairs in the country and provides financial assistance.