Greek Jewish Festival 2018
In the spirit of adjoining cultures and traditions, the wonderful people at Kehila Kedosha Janina, the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, has once again presented us with the Greek Jewish Festival. The Romaniote is a very distinct group of Greek-speaking Jews whose history dates back some 2,300 years, back to Alexander the Great. Yesterday marked their 4th annual event; there was beautiful music, dancing, authentic kosher Greek food and various activities.
The festival is small and tight-nit, only ranging a couple blocks, but that didn’t minimize the fun and liveliness. I’d like to see more festivities celebrating The Romaniote. Unfortunately, given limited time, I couldn’t tour the Janina shul which offers some insight into this lovely community. However, it’s located right in the Lower East Side, so I have no excuse for not visiting in the future.