The Greek Jewish Synagogue and Museum of New York
Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum
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Located below Manhattan’s skyscrapers, just around the block from today’s Chinatown on the historic Lower East Side of New York City lies a hidden treasure few know about…
A 2,000-year-old culture virtually unknown, even to its neighbors. A tiny group. A minority within a minority. They are called Romaniotes. An obscure branch of Judaism, which few Jews have ever heard of, with traditions dating back to Roman times.
The founders of this community are the descendants of Jews who, after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., were sent on a slave ship to Rome. Instead, a storm forced them to land in Greece, where over the next 2,000 years, they developed uniquely different ethnic and religious customs adopting many local customs while maintaining their religious identity.
Today, all these years later, you can visit the only synagogue in the Western Hemisphere of this, obscure Jewish community. The Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum. Still operating in its original form since 1927.
The synagogue is open for Saturday services at 9:00 a.m. and on holidays.
The Museum is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, or please contact us if you wish to have a special appointment.
80 Broome Street
(off Allen St.)
New York, NY 10002
- Greek Jewish Genealogy and Research Tools
- Family Names and their Origins
- The Synagogue History
-founded in 1927 by Greek Speaking Jews
-The Brotherhood of Janina established in 1907
- The movie about the Community is called the “Last Greeks on Broome Street”
- Greek Jewish Family Names and Nicknames
- The Food!
‘’The Cookbook of the Jews of Greece” by Nicholas Stravoulakis
- Home-made liquor: Raki and Ouzo
- Greek Coffee (not made with milk)
-telling fortunes from coffee grinds
- Arranged Marriages
- The Journey to America
- Janina Today
- Athens and the Greek Jewish Museum of Greece
- The Synagogue is a Landmark
- Tours (including Lunch)