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 92 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
Greeks and Jews in Egypt
February 16, 2020 at 2pm
KKJ is proud to welcome Professor Alexander Kitroeff as Scholar in Residence for a lecture on the Greek and Jewish communities in Egypt in the 19th and 20th centuries. Alexander Kitroeff is Professor of History at Haverford College. He is author of numerous books, including most recently "The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt." Professor Kitroeff received his doctorate from Oxford University.
Shaddayoth and Siddurim - New Museum Exhibit
December 15, 2019 at 1:00pm
We are honored to present a new permanent addition to our museum: a new exhibit on Shaddayoth and Siddurim. Shaddayoth, which are silver plaques, and rare prayer books were contributed by KKJ community members since our founding and many of the items are originally from Ioannina. Join us for a special opening event and presentation by the exhibit curators.
Tours of Jewish Greece
The Association of Friends of Greek Jewry is offering 3 tours of Jewish Greece in Summer 2020. The various tours will visit Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Rhodes, FYROM (North Macedonia) including Skopje and Bitola/Monastir, as well as a 3-day cruise to Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete, and Santorini. Space is limited, so sign up today! Email email@example.com for more details.
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.