Community Leaders

 

KKJ is fortunate to have an active group of Community Leaders who help to maintain and further our mission. Many of our leaders are the children or grandchildren of the original founders of our congregation, making it all the more special that they remain active and involved in our community. Coupled with the support of our Board of Trustees, these volunteers dedicate their time and effort to sustain KKJ and ensure its continuity for generations to come.

Marvin Marcus 

President

Born and raised on the Lower East Side of New York, Marvin has served as President of Kehila Kedosha Janina since 2006 and chairs the Board of Trustees. Marvin has been an educator for his entire life and taught in public high school for 37 years in Brooklyn. Born into a Sephardic background with his family originating from Greece and Turkey, he continues to practice the unique customs and traditions of his Ladino-Sephardic heritage.

 

Although not born into the Romaniote community, Marvin considers himself an "adopted" Romaniote and is proud to be a part of the unique, loving, and welcoming community at Kehila Kedosha Janina. He is a graduate of CUNY City College of New York with a BS in Psychology and an MA in Special Education. 

 

Chaim Kofinas

Hazzan & Treasurer

A graduate of Yeshiva Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem on East Broadway, Chaim has served as our community's Hazzan for more than a decade and serves on the Board of Trustees as our congregation's Treasurer. The son of community members Sol and Koula Kofinas, Chaim was born and raised on the Lower East Side and comes from a long line of Romaniote Jews with roots from Ioannina. Chaim was Bar Mitzvahed at KKJ and studied our unique Romaniote liturgy and piyutim from previous community leaders and scholars, including our former President Hy Genee of Blessed Memory. 

 

In addition to his service at KKJ, Chaim is a Senior Tax Manager and Certified Public Accountant at the firm WithumSmith+Brown, PC. He holds a BA in Accounting from CUNY Brooklyn College and and an MS in Taxation from Pace University.

Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos

Museum Director

Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos has served as the Museum Director of Kehila Kedosha Janina since 2004 and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Synagogue and Museum. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and is President of the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry. She was born into a traditional Sephardic Jewish family from Salonika and has devoted her life to telling the story of Greek Jewry as an author, translator, editor and lecturer.

 

She holds two BAs, one from Brooklyn College in Psychology and the second from Queens College in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, plus two MAs, the first in Psychiatric Casework from the New School and the second in Italian from Queens College.

Solomon Kofinas 

Gabbai & Shamash

A proud Romaniote from Athens, Sol has served as our community's Gabbai and Financial Secretary for more than two decades. He is an active docent in the museum and provides weekly tours to visitors and school groups about the history of the Jews of Greece. A survivor of the Holocaust, Sol Kofinas immigrated to the United States in 1956 and has lived on the Lower East Side ever since, raising his two children, Chaim and Rachel, with his wife Koula.

 

A proud grandfather and now great-grandfather, Sol is a testament to the Romaniote tradition and spirit of warmth, love, and community. 

Board of Trustees

 

President: Marvin Marcus 

Museum Director: Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos

Treasurer: Chaim Kofinas

Financial Secretary: Solomon Kofinas 

Recording Secretary: Jesse Colchamiro

 

First Vice President: Vacant

Second Vice President: Marc Winthrop 

Vice President: Martin Genee

Vice President: Lois Genee Ledner

Vice President: Andrew Marcus

 

Trustee: Elliot Colchamiro 

Trustee: Leonard Colchamiro

Trustee: Rose Eskononts 

Trustee: Ilias Hadjis

Trustee: Holly Kaye

Trustee: Sol Matsil 

Trustee: Stewart Miles  

Trustee: Maurice Negrin

Trustee: Jerry Pardo 

Trustee: Paul Solomon

 

Life Trustees and Members*

 

Founder: Joseph I. Josephs

 

Life President: Hy Genee

 

Life Member: Michael Aronesty

Life Member: Morris L. Cohen 

Life Member: Morris David 

Life Member: Morris Eskononts  

Life Member: Joseph Kassorla

Life Member: Sam Nahoum

Life Member: Solomon Schinasi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Deceased  

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Kehila Kedosha Janina | Synagogue and Museum

 

280 Broome St  New York, NY 10002 

Office: (212)-431-1619 | Museum Director: (516)-456-9336 | Email: info@kkjsm.org

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