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Dec 6, 2021, 11:45 AM
Ankara! This is the house of Muhammed Yalçın, in the old Jewish quarter of Ankara. Mohammed is a very special soul. He loves painting and he beautifully and painstakingly paints on everything. But that means everything, including the walls and steps...
Nov 29, 2021, 11:20 AM
The Expulsion Synagogue
"Every day one should work so that Judaism should thrive. And it will." "Every day one should work so that Judaism should thrive - and it will" says in a mixture of Ladino and Turkish languages by Mr. Leon Elnekave,...
Nov 22, 2021, 9:51 AM
Cappadocia: The history of the Shabbat candles
PHOTO ESSAY: Credit Cappadocia for today's paraffin-based Shabbat candles - it's just one place in the Diaspora that drew the sages' focus after the Temple fell
Nov 15, 2021, 4:48 PM
2 Imams and 1 Rabbi
2 Imams and 1 Rabbi. And a lot of common ground. "When you go to Manisa, Imam Osman looks forward to see you." - Selim Öztürk The Cultural Attaché at the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv - a student of Imam...
Nov 8, 2021, 4:56 PM
Harran: We were born here. All of us.
Harran. We were born here. All of us. Hazreti Ibrahim, Avraham Avinu, Abraham - or any other way we all call our common father - the father of Ishmael and Yitzhak - started his journey right here, in Harran. Here is...
Nov 4, 2021, 10:27 AM
“What is Mirkado?!”… a Turkish-Jewish custom
"Mirkado?! What is Mirkado?" asked my nephew Eliezer when we visited the Izmir Gürçeşme Jewish cemetery. Let's discuss a peculiar Turkish-Jewish custom. I know it might sound odd, but cemeteries are a good source of history and understanding social dynamics. Reading...
Oct 28, 2021, 3:08 PM
Last 14 Jews of a 2300 year old community
The last 14 Jews of a 2300 year old Jewish community. "I am not very religious." Azur Cenudioglu said, whose family has been living in Antakya since antiquity. "But I do my part. I pray in the morning and say...
Oct 22, 2021, 12:59 AM
An unforgettable day in Kilis and Gaziantep!
"All their neighbors were Jewish" says Büşra Hanım a Kilis housewife, "My mother would go to their houses to light the fires (on Shabbat)." An unforgettable day in Kilis, a city on the Syrian border while on the #TurkeyJewishRoadtrip. "Before we...
May 6, 2021, 10:43 PM
Personal relationships are the future of Jewish-Muslim coexistence
Opinion: Personal, not Political, Relationships are the Future of Jewish-Muslim Coexistence While recent political breakthroughs in the Middle East and the Gulf region are encouraging for Jewish-Muslim relationships, the Islamic world stretches far beyond the Gulf countries and it is...
Mendy Chitrik is the Ashkenazi Rabbi of Turkey and Chair of the Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States. Follow me on twitter at @mchitrik