Kastoria synagogue and Sephardic community in Brooklyn #sephardic

Rivka Horowitz

I am trying to find synagogue or other records from the Kastoria (Greek) community that settled in Brooklyn in the early part 1900's and later.  Specifically, I am hoping to find the given Hebrew name of my late husband, Harold Pessirilo, (1929-1922) whose grandfather was a community leader in that sephardic community in Bensonhurst.  The family attended the Kastoria Synagogue, which was led by Rabbi Uzio (spelling unknown) and was located on 20th Av and sixty-something Street.  The Kastorian community may have shared space in the synagogue with the Syrian Jewish community.

Any hints or resources would be greatly appreciated.
Rivka Horowitz
Niantic, CT

Emily Rosenberg

There is an active Greek synagogue in Manhattan. Maybe they will have some clues for you.  Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum Museum@...
Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland

Alan Shuchat

Dear Rivka,

Please accept my condolences on your loss. There may be other ways to find your late husband’s Hebrew name. It would have been on a ketubah. Also, if he was named for his grandfather or his great-grandfather, you can find the name on his grandfather’s tombstone.

Good luck in your search,

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Michael Hoffman

The following is the website for the synagogue that you are looking for https://www.kkjsm.org/ 

Michael Hoffman



The following is information my husband gave me as he was raised in that synagogue. The Sephardi synagogue/organization has been in continuous operation. Congregation founded in 1911 and acquired the building from a congregation for $1 in 1926. Located at 1926 63rd St. Friendship Truth and Brotherly Synagogue (718)-259-2449. As of 2014, it was still operational. Congregants are buried in Mt. Hebron (Queens) https://www.mounthebroncemetery.com/interments/?page=2&fname=&lname=&yod=&society=friendship&block=&reference=#results.%C2%A0%C2%A0 There are a few dozen Perririlos (3 different spellings) listed in cemetery.

The Facebook group is  https://www.facebook.com/people/Center-of-Studies-of-Jewish-Heritage-of-Kastoria/100068396357488/

My husband attended there in the 1950s (his father was Sephardic and mother was Ashkenazia (a mixed marriage) and his father would point to the congregation and say "Meet your community." My father-in-law's parents and one sister arrived in New York/Brooklyn from Kastoria around 1905. A few years ago PBS showed a film about the Jews of Kastoria. Sadly WWII ended that population.
Barbara Cohen (ahcbfc@...)