At the 2nd Annual Greek Jewish Festival [RECAP]
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You don’t see it much anymore. Yet, for one afternoon, a festival served as reminder of the area’s once-prevalent Jewish roots.
Yesterday afternoon was the second annual Greek Jewish Festival outside the Kehila Kedosha Janina on Broome Street. Some three thousand people packed the narrow block between Allen and Eldridge. Traditional food (burekas, baklava), song, and dance were served to the masses.
Perhaps next year the organizers can expand the footprint to alleviate crowding and allow for easier access.
The congregation itself was founded in 1919 by Jews from the town of Janina, and the composition of the block reflected that. Indeed, this abbreviated area between Allen and Eldridge was a veritable “Little Greece.” The community eventually saw the construction of a permanent sanctuary at 280 Broome in 1927. That’s the same tenement synagogue you see today. It was designated a landmark in 2004, and underwent a substantial renovation two years later.