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The history of the Greek-speaking Romaniote Jews on the Lower East Side

Hosted By: The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

From the turn of the 20th century, Romaniote Greek Jewish immigrants had a strong and vibrant presence in New York City’s Lower East Side, centered on the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue (KKJ) at 280 Broome Street, just West of Allen Street.

Built in 1927 and now a New York City Individual Landmark, KKJ acts as an anchor for this community, as well as for Greek Jews throughout the world.

Join us for this talk on Zoom as author Marcia Ikonomopoulos presents her upcoming book “Meet Me on the Corner of Broome and Allen,” which will cover topics from her soon to be published book as:

• What was life like for Romaniote Greek Jews in the decades from 1900-1940?

• What drove immigration to the U.S., and what was the voyage like?

• How did Greek Jews find life in New York City, and how did they make it their home?

• What is their legacy?

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The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC) is an educational non-profit, created in 1998, to preserve and support the Lower East Side’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures, and to raise public awareness of the neighborhoods distinct cultural identity. As the birthplace of American Jewish civilization, and the most iconic immigrant neighborhood in America, we share this history by taking people on walking tours which enter sacred sites, where you learn how past generations came here, lived and worshiped. Learn more about LESJC here.
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