Kehila Kedosha Janina
Synagogue and Museum
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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 95 years, is the last remaining Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Our active community still conducts weekly services in the traditional Romaniote 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.
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. Visitors are strongly encouraged to email email@example.com to let us know if you plan to visit.
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.
Museum and Tours
News & Announcements
Greek Jewish Festival
Sunday May 21 from 12pm-6pm
Join the Greek Jewish Festival as we celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of the Jews of Greece. Experience a feast for the senses including authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing and live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more!
Pesah and Shavuot Holiday Services
Join us at KKJ as we celebrate Pesah and Shavuoth in the Romaniote tradition. At the same location on the Lower East Side for the past 96 years, KKJ is the last remaining Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere conducting services in the Judeo-Greek Romaniote Minhag (tradition). View our full schedule Here
Please RSVP to Amarcus@kkjsm.org
Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony
Sunday April 23 at 1pm
Join us to remember all who perished in the Holocaust, especially those we lost on the 80th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Monastir, Thessaloniki, Veroia and communities in the Bulgarian Zone of Occupation in Greece. Following the ceremony we will screen the acclaimed film “A Bookstore in Six Chapters.” Please RSVP to Museum@kkjsm.org
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Customized Alefs - Order Yours Today
KKJ is proud to offer reproductions of Romaniote Alefs that can be customized for anyone in your family! This is the first time since WWII that new Alefs are being produced for our community. Kehila Kedosha Janina is currently the only source in the world offering brand new customized Alefs, and we have the largest collection of historic Alefs in the world.