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The Orphan Child of Holocaust Studies: The Romaniote and Sephardic Jews of Greece

A Yom HaShoah Presentation | In partnership with The Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood & Kehila Kedosha Janina

Wednesday, April 27, 7:00PM

Ms. Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, an expert on Greek Jewry, will present, with an audio-visual presentation using historic images, the devastating story of the Greek Jews, close to 90% of whom perished in the Shoah. These vibrant communities had a unique culture that was nearly eradicated. The survivors were determined to revive their language, music, cuisine, and family values, and do so with the support of institutions such as The Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood and Kehila Kedosha Janina. 

 

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Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos has served as the Museum Director of Kehila Kedosha Janina since 2004 and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Synagogue and Museum. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and is President of the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry. She was born into a traditional Sephardic Jewish family from Salonika and has devoted her life to telling the story of Greek Jewry as an author, translator, editor and lecturer.

She holds two BAs, one from Brooklyn College in Psychology and the second from Queens College in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, plus two MAs, the first in Psychiatric Casework from the New School and the second in Italian from Queens College.

 

The Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America is the national-umbrella organization of the Ladino-speaking Sephardic Community of the United States serving Sephardic individuals, families, and communities deriving their lineage from the Ladino-speaking Jewish communities of Greece, Turkey, and the Balkans. To learn more, go to www.sephardicbrotherhood.com.

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