Turkish Jews:

Jewish legacy in Anatolia and today's Turkey

Sunday, October 22

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 09:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

The history of the Jews in Anatolia started more than 2000 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.

About Nisya

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.

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