Jewish legacy in Anatolia and today's Turkey
Sunday, May 9
USA (10:30 am PST / 1:30 pm EST)
UK 6:30 pm / France 7:30 pm / Israel 8:30 pm
The talk will last approximately 90 minutes
About this talk
The history of the Jews in
Anatolia started 2400 years ago with the arrival to this land of Romaniot,
Mizrahim and Karaits followed later by Ashkenazim and Sephardic Jews. In this tour we
will examine different ancient synagogues like the Sardis synagogue
from the 4th century as well as the Ahrida Synagogue from the 15th
century plus a number of important Jewish
settlements and cemeteries. Relevant
historical figures like Sabetai Sevi, the Camondo family, Donna Grasya and
Joseph Nasi and their impact in the community will be explained.
We will continue with a mention of WWI and WWII in Turkey from the Jewish perspective. Sephardic cuisine and music, Judeo Spanish language, ethnographic and liturgical objects with an Ottomanish style from the museum collection will also be showcased. Finally we will explore today's vibrant Jewish life in Turkey with its current numbers and remaining institutions.
Nisya Isman Allovi is Director and Curator of The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews. Born in Istanbul, graduated from the International Relations Faculty of Bilgi University and Cultural Heritage and Tourism, she has attended advanced curatorial seminars at AEJM (Association of European Jewish Museums) and in the Federal Republic of Germany. She was also a Kaplan Fellow @ Yesod Cohort II, and has conducted presentations in various countries about "Jews of Turkey". Married with two children, Nisya is an active member of the Istanbul Jewish community.
This event is live and interactive and spots are limited
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