(Greece-NY) Exhibit of Romaniote Jews and Synagogues in Greece and New York #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen

There is a photographic exhibit of Romaniote Jews in Greece and New York
being shown in the Greek Consulate >from September 19th through October 3rd,
and later in the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C.. A lecture and panel
discussion on the Romaniote Jews will take place at the Greek Consulate on
Thursday, September 26th.
The exhibit is named: Romaniote Memories- A Jewish Journey >from Ioannina,
Greece to Manhattan. Photographs are by Vincent Giordano. The Consulate is
located at:
69 East 79th Street New York, 10075

"The archive includes portraiture, documentation of art and architecture and
important life cycle, religious and community rituals, and events of the
congregation on film, video and audio tape." The photographs document two
communities of Greek Romaniote Jews: Ioannina in Greece and Broome Street on
New York's Lower east Side.


Romaniote Jews are indigenous Jews of Greece, having lived in Greece for
over 2,300 years. They established communities along the shores of the
Eastern Mediterranean. They called themselves Romaniotes, as they were now
part of the Roman Empire, after Constantine the Great moved the capital of
Rome to Constantinople and inherited the Greek speaking Jews. Romaniotes
have their own liturgy and cultural traditions, as well as their own
language, a dialect of Greek that combines words and phrases >from Hebrew and
Turkish. To learn more about Romaniote History see:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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