Romaniote Memories: A Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano


Web Resources

Queens College Jewish Studies Research Guide
Guide to databases, journals, books, and other resources available through the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library at Queens College.

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
Links to nine active Jewish communities in Greece, as well as to information on 18 pre-World War II Jewish communities and their heritage.

Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Hania (Crete)
This restored synagogue acts a religious and cultural center. The web page offers important history about Romaniote Jews and links to other resource.

Jewish Heritage Europe: Greece
Resource page with information and links to news, heritage sites, museums, and publications.

Jewish Museum of Greece
History of the museums, its collection, and exhibitions, with many links to other resources about Greek-Jewish history and art.

Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, New York
Information about past and present of New York’s Romaniote community as well as more extedned resources on Jews in Greece, and the Holocaust in Greece.Jewish Life in Greece Before the Holocaust
Facing History provide material, especially useful for teachers and students, about the Jews of Greece before and during the Holocaust.


Alexiou, Nicholas. “Romaniote Jews in the United States,” The Journal of Modern Hellenism, 23-24 (Winter 2006-2007), 169-179.

Angel, Marc D., 1973. The Jews of Rhodes. New York.

Bonfil, Robert, ed. Jews in Byzantium: Dialectics of Minority and Majority Cultures. Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture. (Leiden: Brill, 2011).

Bowman, Steven (1985). The Jews of Byzantium 1204-1453. (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press).

Dalven Rae. The Jews of Ioannina. (Philadelphia: Cadmus Press, 1990) 

De Lange, Nicholas, “Hebrew Inscriptions in the Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Chania,” in Bulletin of Judeo-Greek Studies, No. 25 (Winter 1999/2000), 27-39.

Frankel, Ludwig August, 1859 (reprint 1975). The Jews in the East, trans. by Rev. Patrick Beaton, 2 vols.  Hurst and Blackett, London (reprint by Greenwood Press, Westport, CT).

Gruber, Samuel. “Greece: Third Attack on Ioannina Jewish Cemetery This Year,” Samuel Gruber’s Jewish Art and Monuments (July 20, 2009), online.

Hauser, Rebecca Yomtov. My Simple Life in Greece, Destroyed by the Holocaust (self-published, 2012)

Ikonomopoulos, Marcia Haddad, ed. In Memory of the Jewish Community of Ioannina. New York: Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum and Bloch Publishing Company.

Ikonomopoulos, Marcia Haddad. “Romaniote Jews of Ioannina Greece.”  Lecture presented at the International Jewish Genealogical Conference (on August 15, 2006), online.

Ikonomopoulos, Marcia Haddad. “The Romaniote Jewish Community of New York,” The Journal of Modern Hellenism, 23-24 (Winter 2006-2007), 141-168, online.

Ikonomopoulos, Marcia Haddad. “Greek and Jewish: The Yanniotes in New York,” Bulletin of Judeo-Greek Studies, Cambridge University, No. 42, Summer 2008, online.

Ikonomopoulos, Marcia Haddad. “Genealogy of the Jews of Ioannina,” AVOTAYNU XXVI: 1 (Spring 2010), online

Kohen, E. History of the Byzantine Jews: A Microcosmos in the Thousand Year Empire, (2007).

Marcus, Ethan. “Taking Greek Jewish Life to the Streets of New York,” My Jewish Learning, 24 April 2018, online.

Meri, Christina. The Jewish Community of Ioannina: The Memory of Artifacts, An Exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Jan 23-September 25, 2017. (Athens: Jewish Museum of Greece, 2017).

Messinas, Elias V., The Synagogues of Salonika and Veroia. Athens, 1997

Messinas, Elias V.,  “Preserving Jewish Heritage in Greece.” Archaeology. Online feature, Sept. 23, 1998.

Messinas, Elias V., The Synagogues of Greece: A Study of Synagogues in Macedonia and Thrace. (New York: American Sephardi Association and Bloch Publishing, 2012) (The full text of the book is available to download online.)

Nachman, Eftihia Nachmias. Yannina: A journey to the Past, ed. By Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos and Isaac Dostis. (New York: association of Friends of Greek Jewry and Bloch Publishing Company, 2004).

Peklaris, Achilles M. “‘They Claimed I Was Connected to the Mossad’: Meet Greece’s First-ever Jewish Mayor,” Haaretz (June 11, 2019), online

Plaut, Joshua Eli, 1996. Greek Jewry in the Twentieth Century, 1913-1983: Patterns of Jewish Survival in the Greek Provinces before and after the Holocaust.  Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison and Teaneck.

Raptis, Alekos Raptis and Tzallas, Thumios (Translated by Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos), “Deportation of the Jews of Ioannina,” The Epirote Struggle (Thursday, July 28, 2005), online.

Stavroulakis, Nicholas, 1990. The Jews of Greece: An Essay. Talos Press, Athens. [contains information and illustrations of most of the remaining Greek synagogues]. 

Stavroulakis, Nicholas, 1992. Jewish Sites and Synagogues in Greece. Photos by Timothy de Vinney. Talos Press, Athens.

Stavroulakis, Nicholas, “The Fate of the Material Evidence of the Jews of Greece,” The Journal of Modern Hellenism, 23-24 (Winter 2006-2007), 113-140.

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