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Hellenic Birthright Highlights - History Across Borders


What a memorable weekend! Our Hellenic Birthright participants had the exciting opportunity to visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Constantinople. After attending the divine liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of Saint George this past Sunday, participants received crosses blessed by His all Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, who, unfortunately was not there to meet with them due to other obligations. In addition to this special treat, students had the chance to see Agia Sophia, the Byzantine symbol of Christianity that holds such rich cultural and religious significance.

Over the past few weeks students have visited several historical landmarks, as well as walked the streets of beautiful Athens, Edessa, Delphi, and Vergina among others, alongside the natives who have welcomed them with open arms. From Mt. Olympus to Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, our participants found themselves walking the same streets as Aristotle and other historical figures that came before them. 


Jacob Gaetanos excitedly states, “Witnessing the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier in front of the Hellenic Parliament building was one of the most impressive things I have seen on this trip. I am without a doubt having the experience of a lifetime and would trade this for nothing.”


Back in the States, we love to hear about these students' experiences because we know the hard work of the Foundation makes a lasting impact on these young individuals. We would also like to thank our donors, who with their generous contributions have made it possible for us to sponsor 56 students since Hellenic Birthright's inception in 2012. To learn more about our students and their adventures please visit our blog.


Photos from our 2015 Awards Ceremony & Gala now Available

Our Gala was truly a night to remember! Event photos are now available to view and download here. You may also order prints directly at Use code PHSF2015.