My big fat Greek Jewish festival on Broome St.


Kehila Kedosha Janina, at 280 Broome St, is the only Romaniote-rite synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Romaniote Jews — who have lived in and around Greece for 2,000 years — have different cultural traditions from Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. The Lower East Side congregation was founded in 1906 by Greek Jewish immigrants from Ioannina. The Broome St. synagogue was built in 1927 and now houses a museum. On Sun., May 22, the synagogue hosted its second annual street festival. There was music, food, educational and craft vendors, glorious weather and a big, joyous crowd.  There may even have been a sighting of a member of one of the “lost tribes,” bottom.