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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 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.
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.
Museum and Tours
News & Announcements
Greek Jewish Block Party
Sunday August 15 from 12pm-4pm
Join the Greek Jewish Block Party as we celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of Kehila Kedosha Janina. Enjoy authentic kosher Greek foods, traditional Greek dancing and live Greek and Sephardic music, fun kids activities and more! Join us as we bring together our community to celebrate and reconnect. All public health guidelines will be followed.
Shabbat Morning Services in Person
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 or museum tours. Our next Shabbat Service will be on Saturday July 17, 2021 at 10am. Read our policies for safe prayer services here. Please RSVP in advance by emailing
Sundays from 11am-4pm
We are excited to announce that our Museum will reopen for tours starting Sunday June 6. Join us every Sunday between 11am and 4pm to reconnect with our Romaniote heritage and experience our historic synagogue and museum. Masks and all public health guidelines will continue to be followed. People interested in visiting our museum are strongly encouraged to RSVP in advance by emailing Museum@kkjsm.org
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.