Kehila Kedosha Janina

Kehila Kedosha Janina The Official page of Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum
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Kehila Kedosha Janina (the Holy Congregation of Janina) is the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Romaniote Jews are a unique community of Jewish people whose history in Greece dates back over two thousand years to the time of the Roman Empire. The Romaniotes are historically distinct from the Sephardim, who settled in Greece after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Kehila Kedosha Janina is a NYC designated landmark, and continues to hold services every Saturday morning as well as for all Jewish holidays. In addition, it houses a museum about Greek Jewry that is open to the public every Sunday, as well as by appointment. The museum serves as a repository for both Romaniote and Sephardic history, especially on the Lower East Side, and hosts many educational events including lectures, book signings, movie screenings, and concerts. We are a small but tight-knit community, and we continually open our doors to visitors to provide both a spiritual home as well as a place to learn about Greek Jewish history. This Greek Jewish Festival is the our latest effort to not only preserve our unique culture, but to also celebrate and develop new ways of expressing what it means to be a Romaniote or Sephardic Jew. We welcome all people to come celebrate and share in this journey with us.

Call All Solomons (Surname from Ioannina)During our museum’s closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have not remained i...
07/28/2020

Call All Solomons (Surname from Ioannina)

During our museum’s closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have not remained idle. In fact Kehila Kedosha Janina has been busier than usual. We have had numerous requests for genealogical research and have added to our Family Tree collection. We are now working on Solomon. Solomon, as a surname, is typical of Ioannina (Yanniote) surnames, having derived from a male Hebrew first name. As a surname it does not appear in the male birth records from Ioannina until 1894. Most Solomons have in their oral history that the name was something else but became “Solomon” as they gave their name for certain documents (especially during emigration) since they gave their father’s name, which in this instance was Solomon.

We are asking all those who have a Solomon surname originating from Ioannina to get in touch with us at [email protected] or through Facebook. Do send family photos. Sometimes facial recognition helps us find relatives.

We are particularly looking to locate a Haim Solomon born in Ioannina around 1890. There is an oral history that he died around 1914 in Ioannina.

Missing Greece along with our friends in the Greek Jewish & Sephardic Young Professionals Network.
07/13/2020

Missing Greece along with our friends in the Greek Jewish & Sephardic Young Professionals Network.

Our second Young Professionals Tour of Jewish Greece was an incredible success! Thank you to everyone who joined us and made the experience so special! We reconnected with our roots in Salonika, Veria, Kastoria, Ioannina, Athens, and Rhodes and had so much fun while meeting other young Greek Jews. If you are interested in joining us on a future trip to Greece, Turkey, Spain, Israel, or beyond, email us at [email protected]

Arnold B. MaransNotice from Sephardic Temple of CedarhurstJULY 12, 1928 – JULY 12, 2020“Naflah ateret rosheinu” – “The c...
07/12/2020

Arnold B. Marans

Notice from Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst
JULY 12, 1928 – JULY 12, 2020
“Naflah ateret rosheinu” – “The crown has fallen from our head’ (Eikhah 5:16) With sadness, we announce the passing of our husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather, Rabbi Arnold B. Marans z”l Founding rabbi and spiritual leader of The Sephardic Temple, Cedarhurst, NY The funeral will take place at the Sephardic Temple today, Sunday, July 12, 2:00 PM Eastern. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in-person attendance will be limited to the immediate family. The service will be livestreamed at https://sightandsound.film/RabbiArnoldBMaransFuneral Burial will be in Israel. Shivah information will be available later today. Tehi nishmato tzrurah bitzror ha-hayyim. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life. Yehi zikhro barukh. May his memory be for a blessing. Zipporah Marans Israel and Goldie Marans; Hillel Marans and Shirley Kaplan; Zvi Marans and Nina Kampler; Noam Marans and Amy Roth; Aliza and Alan Miller Bernice Weiss (sister)

Calling all Vitoulis family membersKehila Kedosha Janina is using our time of closing due to the COVID19 virus to do add...
07/12/2020

Calling all Vitoulis family members

Kehila Kedosha Janina is using our time of closing due to the COVID19 virus to do additional work on outreach and genealogy.

We are looking for members of the Vitoulis family (all branches) to get in touch with us, either through Facebook or e-mail ([email protected]) to help with these efforts.

To our knowledge, the first member of the Vitoulis family to arrive in the USA was Samuel Vitoulis, described on the ship manifest as a 40-year-old workman from Janina Turkey He arrived on July 15, 1905, sailing from Le Havre on the SS Hudson. He was joined by his son Moisis (Morris) and gave his address of destination as 311 East 120th Street in Harlem, the address of the Schinasi Tobacco company and lists that he is going to his friend Ezra Elia Bacola.

Looking forward to hearing from members of the extended Vitoulis family.

Calling all Bacolas/BakolasOur Museum Director is presently researching family connections among Bacola (alternately spe...
07/06/2020

Calling all Bacolas/Bakolas

Our Museum Director is presently researching family connections among Bacola (alternately spelled Bakola) and is asking all those who have that name in their family tree to get in touch with her at [email protected]

What we know so far is (according to Rae Dalven who wrote “The Jews of Ioannina”) the name is of Italian origin (not unusual for Jews in Ioannina and Corfu since there were many Italian Jews who fled Italy and settled in Greece in the early 16th century). There are a number of Bakolas (the name is always spelled with a “k” in Greece since there is no “c” in the Greek alphabet) listed in the municipal archives and Holocaust records of both Ioannina and Corfu. We know that Bacolas immigrated to the United States, Israel and England.

We have a number of Bacola family trees in our archives at KKJ and are hoping to expand this data base.

For those with family heritage from what is present-day Turkey, check out this amazing new database of Jewish cemeteries...
07/05/2020
Data of over 61,000 Turkish Jewish gravestones online in new database

For those with family heritage from what is present-day Turkey, check out this amazing new database of Jewish cemeteries!

Researchers under the leadership of Prof. Minna Rozen, then of Tel Aviv University, worked from 1988 to 1990 travelling across Turkey taking over 100,000 photos as well as mapping the cemeteries.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow night at 8pm EST for Part 3 of the online class “Greek Jewry Throughout the Ages”
06/21/2020

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow night at 8pm EST for Part 3 of the online class “Greek Jewry Throughout the Ages”

Wishing everyone a peaceful Shabbat, with a little Ouzo too! Shabbat Shalom!
06/19/2020

Wishing everyone a peaceful Shabbat, with a little Ouzo too! Shabbat Shalom!

'Greece is waiting for our Israeli friends to return'
06/18/2020
'Greece is waiting for our Israeli friends to return'

'Greece is waiting for our Israeli friends to return'

EXCLUSIVE: To mark his visit to the State of Israel, which begins Tuesday, Ynet's diplomatic correspondent spoke to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis about bilateral ties, anti-Semitism and annexation

Join us tonight at 8pm for Part 2 of Greek Jewry through the Ages! This will also be recorded for those who cannot make ...
06/15/2020

Join us tonight at 8pm for Part 2 of Greek Jewry through the Ages! This will also be recorded for those who cannot make this time. https://zoom.us/j/86338056778

Wishing everyone a peaceful Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom.
06/05/2020

Wishing everyone a peaceful Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom.

Join Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Museum Director of Kehila Kedosha Janina and President of the Association of Friends o...
06/02/2020

Join Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Museum Director of Kehila Kedosha Janina and President of the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry, for three Zoom presentations on Greek Jewry Throughout the Ages.

We have been approached by a young man from England who is looking to find out more information on his Greek-Jewish root...
06/01/2020

We have been approached by a young man from England who is looking to find out more information on his Greek-Jewish roots. What he knows is scarce so we are reaching out to our vast family of friends. The little that we know is that Simon (Simantov) Bakola (Bacola) arrived in England in 1910 as a young child (listed as born in 1910 in Ioannina although we cannot find him in the Ioannina archives). His father was Haim Bakola (Bacola) and he did not come with his wife and son. Rebecca and Simon settled in Manchester. Haim died in Ioannina (we do not have the exact date) but Simon mentions this in his letters and also states that “different parts of the Bacola family immigrated to Egypt and the United States,” but he does not say when this occurred. Therefore we are reaching out to all Bacolas (Bakolas) to see if you can help us. In addition, those of you who have Egyptian roots might be able to shed some light on any Bacolas you know of in Egypt. Any info will be held in strict confidence, as always. Please send info to [email protected].

Marcia Haddad-Ikonomopoulos
Museum Director

05/27/2020
Bi El Diber - Piyut for Shavuoth

Shavuoth begins this Thursday evening, the holiday when we all received the Torah from God at Mt Sinai. Our community has many piyutim (liturgical poems) that we sing on various holidays. Listen to a clip of the piyut Bi El Diber chanted in the traditional #Romaniote melody by our congregation, including Hy Genee of Blessed Memory and Sol Matsil. The song recounts how God spoke to each of us, and we all experienced hearing His voice.

With God's help we pray that we will once again emerge from our current days in safety and with His blessings.

Happy Shavuoth! !מועדים לשמחה Χρόνια Πολλά!

Join us this Thursday afternoon at 6:30pm!
05/26/2020

Join us this Thursday afternoon at 6:30pm!

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Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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Jewish Salonika, Saloniki as Israeli's say, mother of Israel as Jews used to call her. As soon as you arrive at Thessaloniki, you realize that the Jewish past is in the air... We will guide you in a beautiful, emotional, historical and entertaining Saloniki!
I’m heading to Ioannina, Greece in July to visit the place where my grandparents and ancestors were from (last name Matathias). I’d love some insight, recommendations of what to do, how to learn more about the family history when I’m there. Thank you!
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Hi folks, I just posted a letter to Milton Ezra, President of the United Brotherhood of Janina. This was written at the end of WWII about Sephardic refugees overseas, from Henry J. Perahia, President of the American Sephardic community. It is posted here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sephardicmemories/
I have just discovered today, that I am a Romaniote Jew! My family was from Ionnina. I'm so excited to learn about your synogogue! I wish I still lived in NY so I could come visit!