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Discovering Sephardic Heritage in Turkey

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Rita with his husband in front of Blue Mosque.

By Dr. Rita Rosenthal*

What is it like to be a Sephardic Jew, whose parents originally immigrated to the United States of America from Istanbul, growing up in Brooklyn New York?  I was part of a huge, warm, gracious, close, extended family.  Members prepared wonderful unique foods, lived nearby, saw each other all the time and spoke a strange language.  Although the words sounded like Spanish, it was not the language of New York’s Puerto Rican community.
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