Welcome to Kehila Kedosha Janina
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Welcome to Kehila Kedosha Janina
Welcome to Kehila Kedosha Janina

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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.

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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.

Religious Services 

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.

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High Holiday Services

Fall 2021

Join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services to celebrate the new year. Experience the unique Judeo-Greek traditions of Ioannina at Kehila Kedosha Janina, the last remaining Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. 

Masks will be required. Please RSVP to Amarcus@kkjsm.org

תזכו לשנים רבות  Χρόνια Πολλά  Anyos Munchos


Hashkavoth Memorial Prayers

Yom Kippur

One of the 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 museum@kkjsm.org. It is customary to include a voluntary donation of your choosing. The names and donations may also be submitted by clicking Donate at the top left of this page.

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Shabbat Morning Services in Person 

Summer 2021


As we receive ongoing guidance from health officials, we have decided to host Shabbat morning services on a monthly basis for now. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our community updated as we plan to resume more frequent services. Our next Shabbat Service will be on Saturday September 25, 2021 at 9:30am. Please RSVP in advance by emailing Amarcus@kkjsm.org

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Have a question? Want to learn more about our history? Interested in joining our community?

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(212)-431-1619, (516)-456-9336



info@kkjsm.org​  museum@kkjsm.org


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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.

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