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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
New York's Sephardic Cafes - Presentation by Dr. Devin Naar
Sunday March 10 at 2pm
Join Dr. Devin Naar as he shares new research about the dynamic and long-forgotten role that cafes played in the life of Sephardic Jews in New York City. As centers for communal gathering, familiar cuisine, musical performances, and communal organizing efforts, cafes served as pillars of Sephardic Jewish life on the Lower East Side and in Harlem. RSVP to Amarcus@kkjsm.org
Purim Community Celebration
Saturday March 23 at 7pm
Join us at KKJ as we celebrate a Greek Jewish Purim! The evening starts with Minha and Arvith services, followed by a Romaniote Megillah Reading. Afterwards we'll enjoy a traditional Greek Jewish dinner. Dress up as your favorite costumes and celebrate this festive Jewish holiday with your family and friends! Please RSVP to Amarcus@kkjsm.org
"Stranger in the Desert: A Family Story" - Presentation by Author Jordan Salama
Sunday March 31 at 2pm
Join acclaimed author Jordan Salama for a presentation of his latest book "Stranger in the Desert: A Family Story." Inspired by family lore, a young writer embarks on an epic quest through the Argentine Andes in search of a heritage spanning hemispheres and centuries, from the Jewish Levant to turn-of-the-century trade routes in South America. Signed books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Museum@kkjsm.org
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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 97 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