18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Romaniote Purim in Manhattan

Kehila Kedosha Janina is the only Romaniote house of worship in the entire Western Hemisphere. In this tiny jewel of diversity on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a family wearing costumes that are distinctively American celebrates the holiday of Purim and pays tribute to their multicultural identities. Members of the synagogue, who proudly call New York City their home, are Greek-American Jews, whose Romaniote ethnic and cultural heritage dates back approximately 2,500 years. The children in the picture symbolize the next generation, who dress up for the festivities in modern, American superhero costumes while learning about their ancient heritage.

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Date Taken: 03.2019
Date Uploaded: 09.2020
Camera: iPhone 6s
Copyright: © Deborah Beth Medows