Learn more about our community at Kehila Kedosha Janina (the Holy Community of Janina) and discover the nearly 2,300 year old history of the Romaniote Jews of Greece.
Meet our communal leadership and read our monthly newsletters. Explore our museum and join us at our unique Greek Jewish events. Explore our historic building erected in 1927 and restored to its original conditions. We are proud to be listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places and a designated New York City Landmark since 2004.
Kehila Kedosha Janina, at the same location on the Lower East Side for the past 93 years, is the last remaining Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Our active communitystill conducts weekly services in the traditional Romaniote and Sephardic liturgy.
Join us for our weekly Shabbat and Jewish holiday services. Use our state-of-the-art facility to host a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, family reunion, or other events.
News & Announcements
High Holiday Services - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
After closely monitoring public health guidelines and the practices of other synagogues, KKJ has determined that we will conduct Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in person, under strict conditions. Due to the size of our synagogue building, we will have a very limited number of seats available for holiday services. You must have a confirmed reservation in order to attend services. We apologize in advance if we are unable to accommodate you this year. We pray that this pandemic ends soon and you all remain in good health.
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Hashkavoth Memorial Prayers
One of the more beautiful traditions in our Greek-Jewish community is the remembering of the deceased on Yom Kippur, as we read their names and say prayers during Kal Nidre on Erev Yom Kippur. If you wish to honor your family members or friends in this very special way, please email their names as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is customary to include a voluntary donation of your choosing. The names and donations may also be submitted via PayPal.
Kabbalat Shabbat Services - Online
While we may have to stay apart to help one another, we can still welcome Shabbat as a community. Join us for digital Romaniote Kabbalat Shabbat services together. Check our Facebook page for exact times and streaming links.
New Customized Alefs Now Available
KKJ is thrilled to announce that we now offer reproductions of Romaniote Alefs that can be customized for anyone in your family! This is the first time since WWII that new Alefs will be reproduced for our community. Kehila Kedosha Janina is currently the only source in the world offering brand new customized Alefs.
Learn more about Greek Jewry and Jewish Life on the Lower East Side. Our museum is open to the public every Sunday from 11am-4pm as well as by appointment and offers free guided tours.
The museum serves as a repository for Greek Jewish history and culture. It also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including lectures, book signings, movie screenings, and concerts.