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

July 2020

In July of 1944, the Jewish communities of Rhodes and Kos were rounded up for deportation to Auschwitz Birkenau. Last year, we attended the 75th anniversary of the deportations and this year, the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry was planning to bring one of their annual tours to Rhodes. COVID-19 prevented that. With the help of G-d we will be back in Greece in 2021. This newsletter is dedicated to the Jews of Rhodes and Kos.

June 2020

In June of 1944, two small Jewish communities in Greece were deported to German concentration camps. This issue will pay tribute to them. In addition, this E-Newsletter is in honor of two very special men who passed in May: Ralph Raphael (age 82) and Alex Samuels (age 93).

May 2020

This month, we celebrate Shavuot, a Jewish Holiday which, unfortunately is often overlooked. Shavuot is the Biblical Holiday celebrated on Sivan 6 (and 7 in the Diaspora) on the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Sinai. This year it will be celebrated from May 28-30. The Torah is likened to “nourishing milk” which is one reason why we eat dairy on Shavuot. Shavuot means “weeks,” and it celebrates the completion of the seven-week Omer counting period between the second day of Passover and Shavuot. This year, around the world, Shavuot will be quite different in most households as we continue to fight the spread of the coronavirus. We are all in this together.

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.

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Kehila Kedosha Janina | Synagogue and Museum


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