Jews of Salonica and the Jewish Cemetery PDF Print E-mail
2009-10-06 15:04:04
A tomb at Selanica Hortaci Mosque.

By Neval Konuk
Jews had no more than a walk-on role in the story of modern Greece’s appearance on the international stage.  Even as late as 1912, Jews made up the largest ethnic group in Salonica, Greece; and, Saturdays, which is the day of Shabbat, used to be a holiday on the pier.  A few Jews were wealthy businessmen; however, many others were porters, tailors, street vendors, beggars, fishers, and workers in the tobacco business.  The marks remaining from those days to our times are the gravestones with inscribed with Hebrew writing, which are scattered around.
Last Updated ( 2009-10-13 19:49:56 )
An Over 100-Year-Old History of Turkish Sephardic Jews in Seattle PDF Print E-mail
2009-10-06 14:28:51
Temple de Hirsch exterior, 15th Avenue and E. Union St., Seattle, ca. 1908-1914. (Photo: University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division)

According to the M.A. thesis of Albert Adatto, a student of University of Washington in 1939, (“Sephardim and the Seattle Sephardic Community”), the first two Sephardic Jews Jack Policar (d. 1961) and Solomo Calvo (d. 1964), arrived in Seattle from the island of Marmara, Turkey in 1902. The first Turkish Jew to arrive in Seattle is thought to have been David Levy in 1900. In 1904, they met Nissim Alhadeff, who had arrived that year from the Isle of Rhodes, between Greece and Turkey, in a Seattle Greek Café.
Last Updated ( 2009-10-13 19:14:51 )
Sephardic Jews from Turkey and Former Ottoman Lands in the United States PDF Print E-mail
2009-10-05 18:49:53
A news about Turkish Jews immigrants in New York in 1912. (Source: New York Times June 4, 1912)

By Selin Senol
On March 4, 1992, Turkish Jews celebrated at the Neve Salom Synagogue in Istanbul the 500th anniversary of their ancestral acceptance in Ottoman Turkey under Sultan Beyazit II, after the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews (who refused to convert to Christianity) by Spain in 1492. Hearing about the eviction, the Sultan issued a welcoming decree for the Jews, purportedly commenting that the Spanish King must have ‘lost his mind’ for expelling his ‘best’ and ‘wealthiest’ subjects.
Last Updated ( 2009-12-03 11:12:42 )
Edirne and Its Jewish Community at the Turn of the 19th Century PDF Print E-mail
2009-10-05 17:47:39
By Erol Haker - -
Edirne (Adrianople) is a city in the Balkans in the Turkish Republic, located at the confluence of the Meriç River and its two principal tributaries, the Tunca and the Varda. The town had a population of 99,000 in 1901, consisting of 40,000 Turks, 6,000 Albanians, 30,000 Greeks, 10,000 Bulgarians, 9,000 Jews and 4,000 Armenians.
Last Updated ( 2009-10-24 20:18:31 )
Oldest Dwellers of Bursa: Jews PDF Print E-mail
2009-10-05 17:12:50
By Raif Kaplanoğlu
Although it is written in numerous sources that Jews had come to and settled in Istanbul and Bursa after being expelled from Spain during the reign of Ferdinard V, it is also indicated in several documents that Sultan Orhan, the second chief of the nascent Ottoman Empire, donated a channel of water to the Jew-house.  

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