Recap: The Inaugural Greek Jewish Festival on Broome Street [PHOTOS]

Posted on: June 1st, 2015 at 5:19 am by
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From the 75th anniversary block party for the Essex Street Market to the Ideas City Festival on the Bowery, it was a weekend of festivals. Kehila Kedosha Janina yesterday organized an event that appeared more diverse than its nearby competition. The first annual Greek Jewish Festival, held on a melting pot of a block. In fact, the smelliest block in all of Manhattan.

The event kickstarted with a blemish of sorts – disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver served as introduction…

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Photo: Arlene Schulman

The inaugural run of the Jewish Greek Festival was seemingly a success. From noon through evening, the place was jammed with tourists.  There were tables stocked with food from nearby businesses (Erin McKenna’s, Pickle Guys) and the synagogue itself (homemade greek salads, burekas); local artisans sold their wares; live traditional music played as soundtrack; Kehila Kedosha Janina offered numerous tours through the afternoon.

Kehila Kedosha Janina was founded in 1907 when immigrant families from the Greek town of Janina (Ioannina) organized a congregation. The current facility was not erected until 1927, however, and is the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. It remains one of the only synagogues in the neighborhood with an active minyan (prayer) on Saturday mornings. The building received landmark status in 2004, and underwent a major renovation two years later.

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