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Albanian Religious Institutions in the USA and Canada

Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America
517 East Broadway, So. Boston, MA 02127
— Right Rev. Bishop Nikon
— eMail: BpNikon@aol.com

Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral
523 East Broadway
So. Boston, MA 02127
— V. Rev. Arthur E. Liolin, Dean
Tel: (617) 268-1275
eMail: albboschurc@juno.com

Saint John the Baptist Albanian Orthodox Church
410 West Broadway
Mail: 143  Dorchester St.,  Box 125
So. Boston, MA 02127
— V. Rev. John Scollard,  Tel: (617) 268-3564

Annunciation Albanian Orthodox Church 
37 Washington Street
Natick, MA 017607
— V. Rev. Joseph Gallick,  Tel: (508) 655-7927
— eMail: AOCAnn37@aol.com

Saint Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church
535 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA   01607
— V. Rev. Spero Page   Tel: (508) 756-1690
— Rev. Dn.  Mark Doku
— eMail: HolyDormition@aol.com

Saint Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
126 Morris Street
Southbridge, MA  01550
— Rev. John Daley, Jr.,  Tel: (508) 764-6226

Saint George Albanian Orthodox Church
5490 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611
— V. Rev. Sergei Bouteneff,  Tel: (203) 268-1968
— eMail: StGeorgeTrumbull@aol.com

Saint Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
181-14 Midland Parkway
Jamaica Estates,  NY 11432
— Rev. David Fox,  Tel: (718) 380-5684
— eMail: snickny@aol.com

Saint Elia Albanian Orthodox Church
101 Palmer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
— Mrs. Paul (Virginia) Semo,  Tel: (716) 484–9812

Saint John Chrystostom Albanian Orthodox Church
Five Franklin Plaza / 237 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
— V. Rev. Gregory O’Leary,   Tel: (215) 563-0979
— eMail: saintjohns215@gbronline.com

Sts. Peter and Paul Albanian Orthodox Church
9230 Old Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115
— Rev. Stephen Siniari,  Tel: (215) 676-3311
— eMail: ssiniari@covenanthousepa.org

Saint E Premte Albanian Orthodox Church
10716 Jasper Road
Cleveland, OH 44111
— Rev. John Loejos,
Tel: (216) 941-1508   Fax: (216) 631-2713
— eMail: john5356@aol.com

Saint Thomas Albanian Orthodox Church
29150 Ten Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
— Rev. Dimitri Vincent
Tel: (248) 471-1059  Fax: (248) 471-1057

Albanian-American Muslim Center
38 Raymond St.
Waterbury, CT 06701
— Tel: (203) 879-3680
Albanian-American Cultural and

Islamic Center “Hasan Prishtina”
106 Columbia Blvd.
 Waterbury, CT 06710
— Azmi Isaku,  Tel: (203) 755-0687

Albanian Community Center
21 Long Meadow Drive
Wolcott, CT 06716

Albanian-American Islamic Center 
1325 Albermarle Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226
— Imam Isa Hoxha,   Tel: (718) 282-0358

Albanian Islamic Cultural Center
307 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10301
— Imam Zurkenin Vardari, Tel: (718) 816-9865

Albanian American Islamic Ctr. of Queens
72-24 Myrtle Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385.

United Albanian American Islamic Fdn.
PO Box 4102
Flushing (Ridgewood), NY 11386
Tel: (718) 381-3853 / Tel: (718)  803-2202.

Islamic Unity & Cultural Ctr. of Plav-Gusine
31-33 12th Street
Long Island City, NY   Tel: (718) 274-2016

Albanian Mosque Fund – Paterson
456 River Street
Paterson, NJ 0752
-Imam Arun Polozhani / Imam Muhamet Osmani
– Tel: (973) 523-9203

Albanian-American Islamic Center
43 Monro Street
Garfield, NJ 07026    Tel: (201) 385-1807

Albanian-American Muslim Association
157 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
— Imam Hatip Jemali,  Tel: (215) 639-0217

Albanian Islamic Center
504 Skinnet Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698 —  Tel: (813) 447-8736

Albanian Islamic Center – Chicago
5825  Saint Charles Road
Berkeley, IL 60163
— Imam Rexhep Morina, Tel: (708) 544-2609

Albanian Islamic Center
19775 Harper Ave.
Harper Woods, MI 48225  Tel: (313) 884-6676

Albanian Muslim Bektashi Teqe
21749 Northline Road
Taylor, MI 48180,
— Baba Flamur,  Tel: (313) 287-3646

Albanian-American Islamic Center
6001 80th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
— Imam Llaz Fetahu,
– Tel:  (262) 654-0575 /  (414) 654-0575

Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church 
245 “D” Street
So. Boston, MA 02127
— V. Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald,  Tel: (617) 268-7808

Saint Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
2701 N. Narragansett Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
— Rt. Rev. Philip Koufas,  Tel: (773) 889-4282
— eMail: philpkoufos@aol.com

Our Lady of Wisdom
7260 West Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89112
— Fr.  Archimandrite Frank Vivona

Our Lady of Grace
31 Redgrave Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
— V. Rev. Archdeacon John DeMeis,  Tel: (718) 987-8098

Our Lady of Shkoder (Zoja e Shkodres)
3651 W. Hartsdale Ave.
Hartsdale, NY 10530
—  Pastor:  Dom Pjeter Popaj,  Tel: (914) 761-3523
—  WebSite: www.albchurch.com/ny

Our Lady of the Albanians (Zoja e Shqiptareve)
20855 West Thirteen Mile Rd.
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
— Pastor:  Dom Ndue Gjergji,  Tel: (248) 642-0816

Saint Paul (Shen Pali)
4311 Twelve Mile Road
Warren, MI 48092
– Pastor:  Dom Anton Kçira,  Tel: (810) 573-8799
– WebSite: www.albchurch.com/michigan


The Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto
564 Annette
Toronto, ON  M6S 2C2
— Imam Abdulvehap Hoxha, Tel: (416) 763-0602

More about how Albania saved Jews during the holocaust

Author: Irene Grunbaum

Little is known worldwide about the fact that only Albania saved its own Jews from Nazi occupiers of Albania during WWII while also offering refuge to other Jews who had escaped into Albania from Serbia, Austria, and Greece. An American, Harvey Samer, brought this to light in 1994 in his booklet, The Jews of Albania — the first publication in the English language describing Albania’s heroic rescue of Jews during the Holocaust. The names of the courageous Muslim and Christian Albanians who saved the Jews are honored as “Righteous Among the Nations” at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and are inscribed on the Rescuers Wall at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. where, during dedication ceremonies, its Director, Miles Lerman, gratefully stated, “Albania was the only country in Europe which had a larger Jewish population at the end of the war than before it! ” 

Now, in a recently-published book, Escape through the Balkans, the Autobiography of Irene Grunbaum, translated and edited by Katherine Morris, Irene Grunbaum describes, in the extensive section on Albania, her parting thoughts as a Jew after being protected and sheltered by the Albanian Muslims and Christians:

“Farewell, Albania, I thought. You have given me so much hospitality, refuge, friends and adventure. Farewell, Albania. One day I will tell the world how brave, fearless, strong, and faithful your sons are; how death and the devil can’t frighten them. If necessary, I’ll tell how they protected a refugee and wouldn’t allow her to be harmed even if it meant loosing their lives. The gates of your small country remain open, Albania. Your authorities closed their eyes, when necessary to give poor, persecuted people another chance to survive the most horrible of all wars. Albania, we survived the siege because of your humanity. We thank you”.

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Escape through the Balkans
The Autobiography of Irene Grunbaum
University of Nebraska Press
Lincoln And London