Celebrating Greek Jewish Culture In The Lower East Side

Shalom and yassou!  Last Sunday’s third annual Greek Jewish Festival brought hundreds of people to Broome Street in the Lower East Side for kosher bourekas, bouzouki music, and arm-in-arm dancing. Organized by Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, a landmark site, the festival was also an opportunity to visit the synagogue and learn about its 2300-year-old heritage as the congregation of the ancient Romaniote community. And as a lingering reminder, there were also henna tattoos and Ladino music CDs.

Harry D. Wall has a long career in journalism, advocacy and consulting. Most recently, he has taken a late-career move and began making documentary films about Jewish heritage and communities around the globe. His blog, Jewish Discoveries, is a travelogue of Jewish heritage and contemporary life around the world. You can keep up to date with his travels on the blog or

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