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.
News & Announcements
Yom HaShoah Commemoration
April 11 at 3pm
This year we will host our annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust commemoration event online in partnership with the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America. This special event will include communities from across the US and around the world and will feature stories of Romaniote and Sephardic victims. The program will include special testimonies, speakers, music performance, virtual candle lighting, and a memorial prayer in Hebrew, Ladino, Greek, and English in honor of all those who perished.
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 April 17, 2021 at 10am. Read our policies for safe prayer services here. Please RSVP in advance by emailing
Romaniote Memories: A Jewish Journey from Ioannina to Manhattan
Photographs by Vincent Giordano
Virtual Exhibit Opening Event - February 11, 2021 at 5pm
Join us for the launch of a new digital exhibit that documents our Romaniote community in New York and Ioannina. In 1999, photographer Vincent Giordano made an unplanned visit to KKJ. Since then he embarked on a journey to document the Romaniote community. This new exhibition includes more than one hundred photographs presented in ten thematic sections.
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.