Publications and Newsletters 

 

KKJ periodically publishes its Community Newsletter, The Romaniote, to thousands around the country and around the world. The Newsletter includes news on Simchas, Greek Jewish history, synagogue developments, museum programs, and much more. 
 
In addition to The Romaniote, every month KKJ is proud to publish an E-Newsletter to over 8,000 people around the world, keeping them up to date on the latest news in our community as well as the global Greek-Jewish Community. Below you can find our latest Newsletter as well as previous Newsletters. If you'd like to be added to our email list, please feel free to subscribe.

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The Romaniote

Past Romaniote Newsletters

Spring 2019

As with many other Jewish congregations throughout the world, we, too, have been plagued by changes in demographics, leading to lower service attendance at our synagogue. We have persevered over the years and are now looking to the future. We have joined forces with, and derived inspiration from, Rabbi Gabriel Negrin, the Chief Rabbi of Athens Greece, himself a Romaniote. 

Spring 2018

You cannot know who you are until you know where you came from, and you certainly cannot know where you are going until you access what brought you to the present. This is not only the individual story of successful people, but also the basis of achievement for successful institutions. Kehila Kedosha Janina has been very fortunate in having a wealth of inspiring history to fall back on, and, as has been shown by our renaissance in recent years, a path for a productive future.

Winter 2016

Many articles have been written about Kehila Kedosha Janina, initially forecasting the demise of the community and our beloved synagogue. As our community persevered and continued to, not only maintaining a functioning Jewish house of worship but, also, becoming a major tourist attraction, highlighted by visits to our Museum, many wondered why. Why was this community that so many thought would pass into oblivion, still viable in the modern world? One word may hold the key: dedication.

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Community E-Newsletter 

Past E-Newsletters

April 2020

This month, we celebrate Pesah (Passover), the story of survival, endurance, confronting adversity and how G-d protected us and led us out of Egypt and into Eretz Israel. This year, around the world, Pesah will be quite different in most households as we continue to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Many of us may have to miss the large family gatherings that are symbolic of the Holiday. Our Christian friends may also be deprived of their traditional church services and family dinners. We are all in this together. We have suffered worse in our history. We will survive this. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please note that both our synagogue and museum are closed until further notice. Understandably, this has caused severe financial hardship. If you see it in your heart to send in a contribution, we would be most grateful.

March 2020

This month, we celebrate Purim, one of the most colorful and enjoyable Holidays of Judaism. In Greece, this was the Holiday where children received presents and everyone enjoyed dressing up in costumes. We, at Kehila Kedosha Janina, celebrate the Holiday in the traditional Romaniote way. Do join us. Our Spring Holiday schedule is included with this newsletter. To our Christian friends, as they prepare for Easter, we wish them a meaningful Lent.

February 2020

Monday February 10th marks Tu BiShevat, the beginning of the new year for trees. The holiday originated in the Talmud and was based on the date chosen for calculating the agricultural cycle of taking tithes from the produce of the trees, which were brought as first-fruit offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Tu BiShevat has developed into an ecological holiday that reminds Jews of our connection to the earth and to our role as caretakers of the environment. Some modern practices include donating money to plant trees in Israel or planting trees locally. Such an appropriate holiday for today.

January 2020

We wish our friends a Happy and Healthy Secular New Year surrounded by family and friends. May 2020 bring peace throughout the world. May we continue to grow and flourish. May our wealth be counted, not in material possessions but, rather, in the love of family, friends and community.

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Kehila Kedosha Janina | Synagogue and Museum

 

280 Broome St  New York, NY 10002 

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