Announcements and Upcoming Events
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
The Synagogues of Greece - Online Class
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.