For 7th Year Running, Greek Jewish Festival Returns to Broome Street this Weekend
After a more subdued outing last year, the Greek Jewish Festival this spring is on the rebound, pulling out the stops. It returns on Sunday for another go-round.
Founded by Kehila Kedosha Janina on Broome Street seven years ago, the event celebrates the culture and traditions of the Greek Jewish community. Years past saw crowds in the thousands, participating in ethnic cuisine, dancing, and gathering.
“After being separated for the past two years, we are thrilled to bring our community back together in person and celebrate our phenomenal festival once again this year. Visitors will be guaranteed an afternoon of delight that celebrates the rich culture of Greek Jews,” said Marvin Marcus, President of KKJ. “As a Lower East Side native, I grew up experiencing different cultures among neighbors, and the Greek Jewish Festival is our way of sharing our traditions with the broader Lower East Side and New York community.”
Sponsors this year are many. Longstanding neighborhood partners include the Tenement Museum, the Museum at Eldridge Street, the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, Lower East Side History Month, and Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, among others. National partners include the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America, the American Sephardi Federation, the University of Washington Sephardic Studies Program, and many other community institutions.
New partners in 2022 include the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA), the Greek American Folklore Society, the Binghamton University Ladino Lab, and the Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative.
Sunday’s “feast for the senses” will include homemade Greek food and pastries, and a performance schedule featuring the Elias Ladino Ensemble, the Greek American Folklore Society, the Noga Group featuring Avram Pengas, a belly dance performance by Layla Isis, Scott Wilson and Efendi, and Pontic Firebird.
The Jewish Greek Festival kicks off at noon on May 15 outside Kehila Kedosha Janina.