Greek Jewish Festival

Festival director Andrew Marcus takes us on a fascinating tour of the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum (, the only Greek Romaniote synagogue in the western hemisphere. He also discusses the upcoming reopening of the Greek Jewish Festival ( after two years of closure due to the pandemic. We learn about the roots of the Greek Romaniotes (Greek Jews) and the routes they took to the Lower East Side in the early 20th century. Marcus and his family continue to maintain the synagogue to this day, marking its importance with the annual Greek Jewish Festival featuring master artists, such as Avram Pengas (to be featured in a forthcoming episode). The festival was on May 15, 2022 from 12-5pm at 280 Broome St on the Lower East Side.


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