Announcements and Upcoming Events

Greeks and Jews in Egypt

February 16, 2020

Join us on Sunday February 16th at 2pm.


Kehila Kedosha Janina is proud to welcome Professor Alexander Kitroeff as Scholar in Residence for a lecture on the subject of Greeks and Jews in Egypt.


“From the early nineteenth century through to the 1960s, the Greeks formed the largest, most economically powerful, and geographically and socially diverse of all European communities in Egypt. Although they benefited from the privileges extended to foreigners and the control exercised by Britain, they claimed nonetheless to enjoy a special relationship with Egypt and the Egyptians, seeing themselves as contributors to the country’s modernization.”


Alexander Kitroeff is Professor of History at Haverford College. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently "The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt."


Prof. Alexander Kitroeff was born in Athens, but his paternal grandparents were born in Alexandria, his great grandfather having left Chios in the late 19th century in order to become involved in the cotton business. His family left Egypt and moved to Greece in the 1950s and 1960s when life in Egypt became difficult for the Greeks.


Professor Kitroeff received his doctorate from Oxford University.​

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Shaddayoth and Siddurim: New Exhibit Opening Reception

December 15, 2019

Join us on Sunday December 15 at 1pm. 


KKJ is honored to present "Shaddayoth and Siddurim: A Window into Romaniote Religious Traditions" - a new museum exhibit opening reception. 


Kehila Kedosha Janina is thrilled to unveil the latest addition to our museum: a new permanent exhibit of Shaddayoth and Siddurim from our private collection. Featuring items gathered from community members since our founding, this opening reception will explain the unique Romaniote tradition of Shaddayoth, which are silver dedicatory plaques traditionally hung on the Torah Ark Curtain (Parohet). Hidden from public view for decades, our recently rediscovered collection includes plaques from Ioannina as well as ones created in New York.

The second component of this new exhibit includes rare prayer books that were cherished by KKJ community members, including Sephardic Jews who joined our synagogue. These religious books date back centuries and range from antique printed Siddurim to hand-written Hebrew and Judeo-Greek liturgical poetry (piyyutim) unique to the Romaniote tradition.

Join us as we unveil these communal treasures and learn more about our rich heritage. The reception includes a presentation by the exhibit curators, including KKJ Museum Director Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé, Executive Director of the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America, and Isaac Choua, KKJ Assistant Museum Curator. They will provide an explanation of the
materials and highlights from their work.


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Simhat Torah Celebration and Dinner

October 21, 2019

Join us on Monday October 21 starting at 5:15pm.


We will celebrate Simhat Torah with Minha, Arvith, and Hakafot. Following services we will enjoy a traditional Greek Jewish dinner. 

מועדים לשמחה  Χαγκ Σαμεαχ  Moed Alegre

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