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Kehila Kedosha Janina, A Place That Matters

Kehila Kedosha Janina, at 280 Broome St. in the Lower East Side. Kehila Kedosha Janina — the Holy Congregation of Janina (Ioannina), Greece — is the only congregation in the western hemisphere to identify itself as Romaniote and to practice this ancient form of Judaism that comes from the Mediterranean. The “Yaniotes” arrived in New York as part of a large emigration of Jews from the Ottoman Empire. They established their congregation here in the early years of the twentieth century. Though now past its heyday, the synagogue has survived, and recently a cultural revival has taken root. You can see the new spirit in the restored and landmarked synagogue, the growing attendance, and the historical exhibits located upstairs, on the women’s floor. For information about Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue & Museum, log onto: www.kkjsm.org. Or, read about the synagogue by logging onto the PlaceExplorer and select “Place of the Week”. Sunday, May 20th, 1-3 pm, 280 Broome St. (Allen and Eldridge) — Join the congregation as they celebrate their 80th birthday, rededicate the synagogue, and unveil the landmark plaque. Enjoy traditional Greek-Jewish refreshments and a showing of the documentary, “The Last Greeks on Broome Street,” by Ed Askinazi. (Please RSVP to 516-456-9336.)