Broome Street Block to Become Memorialized as ‘Hy Genee Way’ this Weekend
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Pushing eighty years on the Lower East Side, another significant milestone for Kehila Kedosha Janina.
Indeed, the block of Broome Street on which it sits will henceforth be known as “Hy Genee Way.” Named for the former synagogue president and local businessman, the city approved the co-naming on paper back in August. Its implementation, however, is now only a few days on the horizon. The dedication ceremony is on the books for this Sunday, October 16.
The Kehila Kedosha Janina congregation plans to celebrate the occasion with a gathering of neighbors.
Hyman Genee was born in 1922 on Orchard Street, and spent his life devoted to his family, his work as a tailor around the corner on Delancey, and as president of spiritual leader of the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue – the only Greek Jewish Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. He died in 2006 at the age of 83.
The synagogue remains one of the only Jewish congregations 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.