Announcements and Upcoming Events

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Tisha B'Av Evening Services

August 6, 2022 at 9pm

Join us on Saturday evening August 6 at 9pm to commemorate Tisha B'Av and help us continue our Romaniote traditions. On the darkest day in the Jewish calendar, join us to mourn the destruction of our Temples in Jerusalem and the many other tragedies that befell our nation.

Please RSVP to Amarcus@kkjsm.org

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Shavuoth Holiday Services

June 5, 6 2022

Join us at KKJ as we celebrate Shavuoth in the Romaniote tradition. At the same location on the Lower East Side for the past 95 years, KKJ is the last remaining Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere conducting services in the Judeo-Greek Romaniote Minhag (tradition). Your attendance helps us continue our Romaniote heritage. 

View the full Spring Holiday Schedule Here.

Please RSVP to Amarcus@kkjsm.org

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Greek Jewish Festival

May 15, 2022 from 12pm-6pm

Join the Greek Jewish Festival as we celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of Kehila Kedosha Janina! Experience a feast for the senses including authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing and live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more!

View the full performance schedule and learn more at www.GreekJewishFestival.com

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Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony

April 24, 2022 at 12pm

Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum invites you to our annual Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday April 24 at 12pm.

 

This year we feel fortunate to gather again in person. We invite you to join us to remember all who perished in the Holocaust, especially those we lost on the 78th anniversary of the deportations of the Jews from Ioannina, Arta, Preveza, Volos, Trikala, Larissa, Athens, Chalkis, Florina, Patras, and Kastoria.

 

Following the ceremony there will be a screening of the highly acclaimed film “In the Shadow of the Acropolis” by Laura Zelle (from the Akkos Family). The film is based on the story of Laura’s family - those who survived and those who were lost.

 

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Museum@kkjsm.org

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Community Purim Celebration

March 16, 2022 at 6:15pm

Join us at KKJ as we celebrate a Greek Jewish Purim! 

The evening starts on Wednesday March 16 at 6:15pm with Minha and Arvith services, followed by a Romaniote Megillah Reading. Afterwards we'll enjoy a traditional Greek Jewish dinner. Dress up as your favorite costumes and celebrate this festive Jewish holiday with your family and friends!

Please RSVP to amarcus@kkjsm.org 

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Oxi Day Commemoration

October 28, 2021 at 6pm

3 West Club – 3 West 51st St NYC

 

In Greece and in Greek Diaspora communities around the world, October 28th, Oxi Day, is celebrated as the date Greece stood up to Fascist aggression. It was celebrated around the world as the first open confrontation with Fascism. As Winston Churchill said, “From now on we won’t claim that the Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks.”

 

KKJ is honored to partner with the East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance’s Annual Oxi Day Commemoration. KKJ Museum Director Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos will be participating alongside a number of distinguished historians, artists, and dignitaries. She will be covering the role of Greek Jews who fought on the Albanian Front, highlighting those from Ioannina who fell in battle.

 

Attendance is free but registration is required. Register Here

Learn More at www.embca.com

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International Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Join us on Sunday April 11, 2021 at 3pm ET for a special international commemoration of the Sephardic & Romaniote victims of the Holocaust in Europe. This special program will be held online and will include live testimonies, speakers, a music performance, virtual candle lighting, and a memorial prayer in Hebrew, Ladino, Greek, and English in honor of all those who perished. Partner organizations include the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America, the Jewish Community of Athens, the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry, and other communities across the US and around the world. 

Watch Here

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Romaniote Memories: A Jewish Journey from Ioannina to Manhattan. Photographs by Vincent Giordano
Digital Exhibition and Opening Event

In 1999, photographer Vincent Giordano made an unplanned visit to Kehila Kedosha Janina. He knew little about Judaism or synagogues, and even less about the Romaniote Jewish tradition of which KKJ, built in 1927, is the lone North American representative. In this he was not alone. Romaniotes are among the least known of Jewish communities. Beginning in 2001 and guided by members of the KKJ community, Giordano documented the synagogue and its religious art of the congregation using film, video, and audio. In 2019 the Giordano family donated the archive of Vincent’s work to Queens College, where it is a major part of the Hellenic American Project and is preserved as part of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library’s Special Collections and Archives. 

Join us on February 11 at 5pm for a special digital Opening Reception. Register Here

View the Full Exhibit Here

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The Synagogues of Greece - Online Class

Fall 2020

 

Join our Museum Director Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos as she leads us in our latest online class series. Learn more about the history, architecture, and culture of Jewish spaces in Greece. Classes held via Zoom on Monday nights at 8pm on November 23, November 30, and December 7. Watch the classes here.

Kabbalat Shabbat Services - Online

While we may have to stay apart to help one another, we can still welcome Shabbat as a community. Join us for digital Romaniote Kabbalat Shabbat services together. Check out Facebook page for exact times and streaming links: 

https://www.facebook.com/kkjnyc/

Community Purim Party and Megillah Reading

March 09, 2020

Join us at KKJ as we celebrate a Greek Jewish Purim!

The party starts on Monday March 9 at 6:00pm with Minha, Arvith, and Megillah Reading Services followed by a traditional Greek Jewish Dinner. Dress up as your favorite holiday characters and celebrate a great Jewish holiday with your family and friends!

Please RSVP to amarcus@kkjsm.org

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.​

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Museum@kkjsm.org

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