In Conversation: Understanding Jewish Turkey
Once the most religiously diverse empire in Europe and Asia, the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) was intermittently a major power in three continents at onceEurope, Asia, and Africa. Moreover, it was a cultural force with its multicultural population, including Muslims, Jews, Arabs, Kurds, Greeks, Armenians, and other ethnic minorities. When the Ottoman Empire still had land in the Balkans, their Jewish population was approximately 200,000. This number decreased after the Balkan territories were lost and gradually more as Jews migrated from Turkey after the Republic of Turkey was established in 1923.
In this event, we will explore the Jewish life in Turkey in recent history and today. The JMM is pleased to host a panel discussion with a few members of the Turkish Jewish community including Lori Şen, Moris Şen, Linet Şaul, and Moris Şaul.