Kehila Kedosha Janina

Kehila Kedosha Janina The Official page of Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum Kehila Kedosha Janina (the Holy Congregation of Janina) is the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.
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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.

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Shabbat Shalom! Join us tomorrow at 10am for Shabbat morning services and help us continue our #Romaniote traditions.
06/04/2021

Shabbat Shalom! Join us tomorrow at 10am for Shabbat morning services and help us continue our #Romaniote traditions.

Shabbat Shalom! Join us tomorrow at 10am for Shabbat morning services and help us continue our #Romaniote traditions.

We are happy to share upcoming Greek Jewish History Lectures hosted by the Ισραηλιτική Κοινότητα Αθηνών / Jewish Communi...
06/03/2021

We are happy to share upcoming Greek Jewish History Lectures hosted by the Ισραηλιτική Κοινότητα Αθηνών / Jewish Community of Athens that will take place on June 6 and June 20. The first class will focus on the history of Greek Jews throughout the centuries, and the second will focus on #Romaniote Jews. Join the classes here: https://tinyurl.com/greeklectures

For more information about the upcoming Jewish history lectures or about the Greek e-learning classes, please contact [email protected] or at +30210 22 05 915.

Register now for what will be an excellent presentation on The Architecture of Greek Synagogues by Dr. Samuel Gruber on ...
05/24/2021

Register now for what will be an excellent presentation on The Architecture of Greek Synagogues by Dr. Samuel Gruber on June 2 at 7pm ET. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-architecture-of-greek-synagogues-near-far-then-now-tickets-155962994515

International Survey of Jewish Monuments Queens College Romaniote Memories: Photos of Vincent Giordano

Register now for what will be an excellent presentation on The Architecture of Greek Synagogues by Dr. Samuel Gruber on June 2 at 7pm ET. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-architecture-of-greek-synagogues-near-far-then-now-tickets-155962994515

International Survey of Jewish Monuments Queens College Romaniote Memories: Photos of Vincent Giordano

We are excited to announce that Kehila Kedosha Janina will be reopening for Museum visits and tours beginning Sunday Jun...
05/19/2021

We are excited to announce that Kehila Kedosha Janina will be reopening for Museum visits and tours beginning Sunday June 6!

Join us every Sunday between 11am and 4pm to reconnect with our Romaniote heritage and experience our historic synagogue and museum. We look forward to welcoming your entire family for a tour.

Masks and all public health guidelines will continue to be followed. Due to capacity limits, people interested in visiting our museum are strongly encouraged to RSVP in advance by emailing [email protected]

Bowery Boogie The Lo-Down NY Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy Museum at Eldridge Street Tenement Museum

We are excited to announce that Kehila Kedosha Janina will be reopening for Museum visits and tours beginning Sunday June 6!

Join us every Sunday between 11am and 4pm to reconnect with our Romaniote heritage and experience our historic synagogue and museum. We look forward to welcoming your entire family for a tour.

Masks and all public health guidelines will continue to be followed. Due to capacity limits, people interested in visiting our museum are strongly encouraged to RSVP in advance by emailing [email protected]

Bowery Boogie The Lo-Down NY Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy Museum at Eldridge Street Tenement Museum

05/16/2021
Bi El Diber - Piyut for Shavuoth

Shavuoth begins this Sunday 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!

https://fb.watch/5ujPHGVPOA/

Shabbat Shalom! Join us for services in person tomorrow morning and help us continue our Romaniote traditions.
05/14/2021

Shabbat Shalom! Join us for services in person tomorrow morning and help us continue our Romaniote traditions.

Shabbat Shalom! Join us for services in person tomorrow morning and help us continue our Romaniote traditions.

"Today, it’s clear that relations between Athens and Jerusalem are blossoming in every sector. Putting the pandemic asid...
05/10/2021
The Remarkable Trajectory of Greece-Israel Ties

"Today, it’s clear that relations between Athens and Jerusalem are blossoming in every sector. Putting the pandemic aside, tourism is booming. And visitors say they feel very much at home in each other’s country. Political and strategic dialogues are now the norm." via Algemeiner

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis meets with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi (not pictured) in Athens, Greece, September 4, 2020. …

Today at 1pm: A Conversation about Jewish and Greek life in Ioannina, Greece past, present and future with Mayor Dr. Mos...
05/04/2021

Today at 1pm: A Conversation about Jewish and Greek life in Ioannina, Greece past, present and future with Mayor Dr. Moses Elisaf. Dr. Elisaf is both Mayor of Ioannina and President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-moses-elisaf-the-mayor-of-ioannina-greece-tickets-142866291925?fbclid=IwAR1rli6uGqbCKrhQ_sg8VjdP0a3SscTXaY22lQ82r9SlwkKt4Ww0FbNt8uI

This conversation is part of the ongoing programming in association with the online exhibition "Romaniote Memories: A Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece, to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano," from Queens College and the International Survey of Jewish Monuments.

Today at 1pm: A Conversation about Jewish and Greek life in Ioannina, Greece past, present and future with Mayor Dr. Moses Elisaf. Dr. Elisaf is both Mayor of Ioannina and President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-moses-elisaf-the-mayor-of-ioannina-greece-tickets-142866291925?fbclid=IwAR1rli6uGqbCKrhQ_sg8VjdP0a3SscTXaY22lQ82r9SlwkKt4Ww0FbNt8uI

This conversation is part of the ongoing programming in association with the online exhibition "Romaniote Memories: A Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece, to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano," from Queens College and the International Survey of Jewish Monuments.

05/03/2021

May is Lower East Side History Month!

Lower East Side History Month is an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side. Each year in May, Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents come together to create a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities.

All events take place in the historical boundaries of the Lower East Side, which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges and Loisaida. Conceived and launched in 2014 by Downtown Art and FABnyc in partnership with LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future. Learn more at https://www.peoplesles.org/

#LESmonth #LESHistorymonth #peoplesLES
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Join our friends SHIN DC: Sephardic Heritage INternational DC and Chef Susan Barocas this Sunday May 2 at 4pm for a Gree...
04/30/2021

Join our friends SHIN DC: Sephardic Heritage INternational DC and Chef Susan Barocas this Sunday May 2 at 4pm for a Greek Jewish cooking class via Zoom. Register here:
http://shindc.org/shinsbn/greekfamily/

Join our friends SHIN DC: Sephardic Heritage INternational DC and Chef Susan Barocas this Sunday May 2 at 4pm for a Greek Jewish cooking class via Zoom. Register here:
http://shindc.org/shinsbn/greekfamily/

Kehila Kedosha Janina is honored to sell the recent edition of Dr. Michael Matsas’ classic book “The Illusion of Safety....
04/28/2021

Kehila Kedosha Janina is honored to sell the recent edition of Dr. Michael Matsas’ classic book “The Illusion of Safety.” This exceptional book was initially published by Pella in 1997. The new edition not only includes all of the original but also additional stories acquired after the initial publication.

“The Illusion of Safety” is the most extensive coverage of the Holocaust of Greek Jewry, not only the “where” and “how many” but, most importantly, the “whys.” Dr. Matsas survived the Occupation of Greece by escaping with his family to the mountains outside of Agrinion. The rest of his family, with few exceptions, were murdered in the Holocaust.

Due to our close relationship with the author and his family, we are offering this book for $20, including postage and handling (within the USA) for the first 20 orders. After these are sold out, the cost will be $25 including P&H.

Please contact us at [email protected] to pre-pay for a copy at the introductory price.

04/28/2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Hy ben Ezra Matza, the son of Ezra Matza and Mollie Samuel. Hy is survived by his son, Robert, 2 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, and his youngest brother, Morris.

Services will be graveside at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, 13004 Horace Harding Expy, Flushing, NY 11367 at 11:30 on Friday. Hy just celebrated his 97th birthday.

May his memory be a blessing.

Join us on May 4 at 1pm EST for an important conversation with Dr. Moses Eliasaf, President of the Jewish Community of I...
04/22/2021

Join us on May 4 at 1pm EST for an important conversation with Dr. Moses Eliasaf, President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina and Mayor of the City of Ioannina.
Register here: https://elisaf_conversation.eventbrite.com

Join us on May 4 at 1pm EST for an important conversation with Dr. Moses Eliasaf, President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina and Mayor of the City of Ioannina.
Register here: https://elisaf_conversation.eventbrite.com

Check out this recent conversation in Greek between Rabbi Gabriel Negrin and Professor Rika Benveniste about Jewish life...
04/19/2021
Under the Olive Tree: Greek-Israeli Agenda. Jewish Life in Greece the last 200 years.

Check out this recent conversation in Greek between Rabbi Gabriel Negrin and Professor Rika Benveniste about Jewish life in Greece - past, present, and future.

Prof. Rika Benveniste, Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly, and Rabbi of Athens Gabriel Negrin discuss the status of Jewish communities in Greece and how are they recognized by the Greek state; differences between the Jewish communities; how relations with the non-Jews are formed; and the phenomenon of Anti-semitism and how it has been expressed in the history of the Greek state. The also discuss the characteristics of the expulsion and extermination of the Jews of Greece and what does it mean to be a Greek Jew today.

Ισραηλιτική Κοινότητα Αθηνών / Jewish Community of Athens Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας Ισραήλ στην Ελλάδα | Israel in Greece
Gabriel Negrin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxgJ7ke1abU

Η καθ. Ρίκα Μπενβενίστε απο το Τμήμα Ιστορίας, Αρχαιολογίας και Κοινωνικής Ανθρωπολογίας του Πανειστημίου Θεσσαλίας και ο Ραββίνος Αθηνών Γκαμπριέλ Νεγκρίν σ...

Join Leon Saltiel this Thursday for a World Jewish Congress  WebTalk, where he will discuss with Ambassador Chris Lazari...
04/19/2021

Join Leon Saltiel this Thursday for a World Jewish Congress WebTalk, where he will discuss with Ambassador Chris Lazaris the priorities of Greece's Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - IHRA. Leon is a Representative at UN Geneva and UNESCO and Coordinator on Countering Antisemitism for the World Jewish Congress.

Thursday, April 22, 9am EST/3 pm CET/4pm Greece-Israel
Register at https://wjc-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7xL_ZCXEQySjWSi3VFaThA?fbclid=IwAR33c86dCEDlV6pUSZlK2RN3V9oI4raWBc6TliZT3GUEPiLVCCEQZi3WTnY

Join Leon Saltiel this Thursday for a World Jewish Congress WebTalk, where he will discuss with Ambassador Chris Lazaris the priorities of Greece's Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - IHRA. Leon is a Representative at UN Geneva and UNESCO and Coordinator on Countering Antisemitism for the World Jewish Congress.

Thursday, April 22, 9am EST/3 pm CET/4pm Greece-Israel
Register at https://wjc-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7xL_ZCXEQySjWSi3VFaThA?fbclid=IwAR33c86dCEDlV6pUSZlK2RN3V9oI4raWBc6TliZT3GUEPiLVCCEQZi3WTnY

Shabbat Shalom! Join us tomorrow morning for services in person and help us continue our #Romaniote traditions. Please e...
04/16/2021

Shabbat Shalom! Join us tomorrow morning for services in person and help us continue our #Romaniote traditions. Please email [email protected] to RSVP.

Shabbat Shalom! Join us tomorrow morning for services in person and help us continue our #Romaniote traditions. Please email [email protected] to RSVP.

Today we join Jews around the world in celebrating Yom Haatzmaut - Israel Independence Day. This 1956 photo shows a cele...
04/15/2021

Today we join Jews around the world in celebrating Yom Haatzmaut - Israel Independence Day.

This 1956 photo shows a celebration of the 8th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel in the synagogue of Chalkida. Greek Metropolitan Gregoryou of Chalkida spoke next to Rabbi Eliahu Barzilai of Athens for this special celebration.

Read Rabbi Marc Angel's message below on the significance of Yom Haatzmaut for the Jewish people.

Thoughts for Yom Ha'Atsmaut
by Rabbi Marc D. Angel

A tiny nation, often misunderstood and maligned, changed the course of history for the good. This tiny nation produced the Bible and its prophets; sages and mystics; poets and dreamers. This tiny nation, generation after generation, in many ways has been the conscience of humanity, the litmus test of human civilization.

This tiny nation lived in a tiny land in antiquity. Its King David established Jerusalem as its capitol city a thousand years before the dawn of Christianity and more than 1600 years before Mohammed. It was seldom allowed to live in peace: other nations threatened, attacked, made war. It saw its capitol city razed by vicious enemies, its Temples destroyed by Babylonians and Romans, its citizens ravaged and exiled.

This tiny nation, scattered throughout the world, faced persecutions and humiliations. Its men and women and children were confined to ghettos, deprived of elementary human rights, subjected to pogroms and pillage. Millions of them were murdered during the Holocaust.

Exiled from its land for nearly 2000 years, it always dreamed of returning to its ancestral soil and re-establishing its sovereignty. It prayed daily for the return. Many of its members made pilgrimages, and some remained living in the land throughout the generations, in conditions of poverty and oppression.

In spite of the persecutions it suffered and in spite of the callousness of so many nations of the world, this tiny nation maintained faith in One God and in the mission He assigned it to bring the lofty teachings of Torah to humanity. In spite of all its sufferings, this tiny nation maintained faith in humanity: it strove to make the world a better place for all human beings, with an eternal optimism that is truly a wonder.

This tiny nation, born 3500 years ago, wove its way through history and refused to be destroyed or silenced. This tiny nation, scattered throughout the lands of the world, found the will and the courage to return to its historic homeland after nearly 2000 years of exile. The return home has been difficult. It has had to fight wars, withstand terrorism, overcome economic boycotts, endure political isolation, and combat hateful propaganda.

Yet, this tiny and ancient nation, against all reasonable odds, has re-established its sovereignty in its historic homeland; it has created a vibrant, dynamic, idealistic society, dedicated to the ideals of freedom and democracy. With its memory spanning the millennia, it has created a modern, progressive state.

My wife Gilda and I first visited this historic land in the summer of 1968, a year after our marriage. When we glimpsed the shoreline from the airplane window, we both found ourselves with tears in our eyes. We were not born in this land; we had never been there before; and yet we were returning—we and all the generations of our families were returning through us. “When the Lord turned back the captivity of Zion, we were as in a dream (Psalm 126:1).”

This tiny people is Israel. This tiny land is Israel. This nation of dreamers and visionaries, builders and farmers, sages and scientists, warriors and peace makers—this nation is Israel. This tiny nation is a great nation. This tiny land is a holy land. “The tiny shall become a thousand, and the least a mighty nation (Isaiah 60:22).”

Israel is a bastion of hope in a world filled with despair. It is a wellspring of human dignity in a world filled with shameless hatred and strife.

To stand with Israel is to stand for the redemption of the people of Israel and humanity. To stand with Israel is to recognize the sheer wonder of the survival and contributions of the people of Israel. It is to affirm the preciousness of life over a culture of death; righteousness over hypocrisy; idealism over despair. This tiny nation in its tiny land is a testament to the greatness of the human spirit. It is a testimony to God’s providence.

It is a privilege, beyond words, to dream with Israel and share its destiny.

“For Zion’s sake I shall not be silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I shall not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness and her salvation as a flaming torch (Isaiah 62:1).”

Jewish Ideas

Today we join Jews around the world in celebrating Yom Haatzmaut - Israel Independence Day.

This 1956 photo shows a celebration of the 8th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel in the synagogue of Chalkida. Greek Metropolitan Gregoryou of Chalkida spoke next to Rabbi Eliahu Barzilai of Athens for this special celebration.

Read Rabbi Marc Angel's message below on the significance of Yom Haatzmaut for the Jewish people.

Thoughts for Yom Ha'Atsmaut
by Rabbi Marc D. Angel

A tiny nation, often misunderstood and maligned, changed the course of history for the good. This tiny nation produced the Bible and its prophets; sages and mystics; poets and dreamers. This tiny nation, generation after generation, in many ways has been the conscience of humanity, the litmus test of human civilization.

This tiny nation lived in a tiny land in antiquity. Its King David established Jerusalem as its capitol city a thousand years before the dawn of Christianity and more than 1600 years before Mohammed. It was seldom allowed to live in peace: other nations threatened, attacked, made war. It saw its capitol city razed by vicious enemies, its Temples destroyed by Babylonians and Romans, its citizens ravaged and exiled.

This tiny nation, scattered throughout the world, faced persecutions and humiliations. Its men and women and children were confined to ghettos, deprived of elementary human rights, subjected to pogroms and pillage. Millions of them were murdered during the Holocaust.

Exiled from its land for nearly 2000 years, it always dreamed of returning to its ancestral soil and re-establishing its sovereignty. It prayed daily for the return. Many of its members made pilgrimages, and some remained living in the land throughout the generations, in conditions of poverty and oppression.

In spite of the persecutions it suffered and in spite of the callousness of so many nations of the world, this tiny nation maintained faith in One God and in the mission He assigned it to bring the lofty teachings of Torah to humanity. In spite of all its sufferings, this tiny nation maintained faith in humanity: it strove to make the world a better place for all human beings, with an eternal optimism that is truly a wonder.

This tiny nation, born 3500 years ago, wove its way through history and refused to be destroyed or silenced. This tiny nation, scattered throughout the lands of the world, found the will and the courage to return to its historic homeland after nearly 2000 years of exile. The return home has been difficult. It has had to fight wars, withstand terrorism, overcome economic boycotts, endure political isolation, and combat hateful propaganda.

Yet, this tiny and ancient nation, against all reasonable odds, has re-established its sovereignty in its historic homeland; it has created a vibrant, dynamic, idealistic society, dedicated to the ideals of freedom and democracy. With its memory spanning the millennia, it has created a modern, progressive state.

My wife Gilda and I first visited this historic land in the summer of 1968, a year after our marriage. When we glimpsed the shoreline from the airplane window, we both found ourselves with tears in our eyes. We were not born in this land; we had never been there before; and yet we were returning—we and all the generations of our families were returning through us. “When the Lord turned back the captivity of Zion, we were as in a dream (Psalm 126:1).”

This tiny people is Israel. This tiny land is Israel. This nation of dreamers and visionaries, builders and farmers, sages and scientists, warriors and peace makers—this nation is Israel. This tiny nation is a great nation. This tiny land is a holy land. “The tiny shall become a thousand, and the least a mighty nation (Isaiah 60:22).”

Israel is a bastion of hope in a world filled with despair. It is a wellspring of human dignity in a world filled with shameless hatred and strife.

To stand with Israel is to stand for the redemption of the people of Israel and humanity. To stand with Israel is to recognize the sheer wonder of the survival and contributions of the people of Israel. It is to affirm the preciousness of life over a culture of death; righteousness over hypocrisy; idealism over despair. This tiny nation in its tiny land is a testament to the greatness of the human spirit. It is a testimony to God’s providence.

It is a privilege, beyond words, to dream with Israel and share its destiny.

“For Zion’s sake I shall not be silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I shall not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness and her salvation as a flaming torch (Isaiah 62:1).”

Jewish Ideas

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THANK YOU ANDREW MARCUS!!!!
A Greek Jew veterinarian from Thessaloniki is the head of Pfizer who is working on a vaccine for Covid-19
I am looking for anyone named ATTAS. originating from IOANNINA. And the great grandfather was called Eliya. Please.....anyone?
Dear friends, Maybe someone in the forum can help please or know about that in Salonika was a Doctor Hané (Hanen) Daniel who treated the patients of the Spanish flu while Lots the other doctors had to leave the city. Is there a plaque where a statue with his name is in the city? Tnx Regards
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L’shanah Tovah my friends
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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