New Jersey Cypriot Association “Salamis”

President: Stathis Zambas
Past President: Nicos Zittis

The New Jersey Cypriot Association, Salamis was founded in the Spring of 1993 by a group of young Greek-Cypriot professionals who were seeking a medium through which they could meaningfully contribute towards a just solution of the Cyprus problem, as well as promote the Greek-Cypriot culture in the NY/NJ area.

The nickname, Salamis, was chosen not for the purpose of signifying a link with the specific area of Cyprus, as was the case with other Greek-Cypriot associations, but to highlight the Greek Heritage of the association’s members. The founders believed that, as one of the very first organized Greek settlements in Cyprus, the ancient town of Salamis near Famagusta was not confined to its physical boundaries, but rather represented the entire island of Cyprus.

The mission of the Association has been to promote the Greek-Cypriot culture and heritage, to cultivate social ties among its members, to establish relations with Cultural and educational institutions in Cyprus and Greece, to establish a Greek-Cypriot Center, and most importantly to assist and contribute to a just resolution of the Cyprus Problem.

Salamis organized many educational and cultural events during the first few years of its existence and membership grew fast, to more than one hundred families who live in the entire state of New Jersey and New York City area. The Association hosted events in New Jersey colleges and universities presenting the Cyprus problem, with Cyprus government officials and diplomats as keynote speakers. Since its inception, Salamis has supported the work of the Cyprus Federation of America and that of other Greek-Cypriot associations in the NJ/NY area, with which it has cultivated collaborative relationships.

Salamis became a member of the Cyprus Federation of America soon after its finding. The first President of the association was Kyriacos Vyras, followed by Christos Karamanos, Nicos Zittis and Efstathios Zambas.