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Turkish Jewish community commemorates Struma disaster

Members of Turkey’s Jewish community and local authorities held an event in Istanbul commemorating the 79th anniversary of the 1942 Struma disaster in which 768 Jews, including 103 children, died.

Istanbul’s Jewish museum traces community’s contribution to Turkey

The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews was founded in 2001 on the premises of Zulfaris Synagogue in Karaköy essentially to put Turkish Jews on the global map and preserve their legacy.

Looking to the future from Izmir’s glorious Jewish past

By and large, the Jewish population of the Ottoman Empire, and contemporary Turkey, fared pretty well over the centuries – including in Izmir, where numerous local communities were established, each with its own house of prayer and nodal point of cultural and social life.

Turkish Jews celebrate European Days of Jewish Culture with online activities

The Turkish Jewish community has organised a series of of events in the framework of the the European Days of Jewish Culture, which will be available online.

Vast database of Jewish cemeteries in Turkey launched

A vast digitised database of Turkish Jewish cemeteries has just been launched online and made available to the public by the Goldstein Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University.

Turkey’s synagogues to re-open as lockdown eases

Turkey’s Jews are preparing to open synagogues in Istanbul after three months of closure due to the country’s coronavirus lockdown measures.

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