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Address: Karakoy Meydani Percemli Sok. No:1 Karakoy, Beyoglu | Next to Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul 34421, Turkey
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+90 212 292 6333

Formerly The Museum was located in the Zülfaris Synagogue from 2001 to...

Formerly The Museum was located in the Zülfaris Synagogue from 2001 to 2015, now it has moved to the Neve Shalom Syanagogue . The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews has moved to Sishane adjoining Neve Shalom Synagogue meaning "Oasis of piece."Museum shows the unique legacy of Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. Museum has three diffrent sections that illustrate Turkish Jewish life,history,religion and culture. The first part focuses on the history of the Jews in Anatolia dating back to the 4th century BC continues with the arrival of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. The collection includes various important artifacts such as "Midrash Teilim"a prayer book which was printed in 1512, an original decree by Sultan Abdulmecit 1842 edict of Ottoman proclamation denying the blood libel myths, highligt of the museum is Hanukiyot in the shape of a minaret emphasishing the interaction between two cultures. Visitors can hear religious hymns from Edirne Maftirim , see examples of Turkish-Jewish press,read about the arrival of German professors to Turkey ,Struma incident and read the detailed recent history on the computer screens. Attached to this floor is a balcony overlooking the Neve Shalom Synagogue from where religious ceremonies can be witnessed. The museum visitor becomes a part of the ceremony during the time of visit. Judaica section exhibits liturgical sacred artifacts including Torah scrolls, Megilat Ester and objects that are used during religious ceremonies.Touch collection can also be seen for the children use. Connected to this section ethnographic part shows the life cycle of Jewish life with examples of Kettubot,dowry,wedding,bar mitzva stories with their authentic artifacts.On the screen documentary films can be watched which changes every month. On the top floor visitors can see a detailed map of Turkey which includes all the synagogues of Turkey via touching this computer the Jewish life in many cities can be observed. Videos on Sephardic cuisine can be watched and printed receipes can be taken to cook at home.Recordings of Ladino-Judeo Spanish-are complemented by examples of Sephardic folkloric music. Visitors can visit Neve Shalom Syanagogue,sample Sephardic delicacies in Habib Gerez Cafe and browse giftshop music and books in the giftshop.

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