Jewish Heritage Europe

Museums, Memorials & Cultural Institutions

Jewish Museum of Turkey

Büyükhendek Caddesi No: 39,
Tel:212-292 6333/34

Formally called the The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews, the museum opened in 2001 in the Zulfaris Synagogue, which was built in 1823 on the site of an earlier synagogue dating from 1671.

It merged with and moved revamped exhibitions to the Neve Shalom synagogue in December 2015.

Descriptive Article about the Museum (in its original location)

Article by Sheldon Kirshner in the Canadian Jewish News provides the history of the museum  and a description of the collections. The article dates from 2012, before the revamp and transfer to the Neve Shalom synagogue.

Şalom Jewish Newspaper (in Turkish)

Ottoman Turkish Sephardic Culture Research Center

Founded in 2003, the Ottoman-Turkish Sephardic Cultural Research Center  collects, archives, and documents Sephardic cultural productions to promote the survival, celebration, and academic study of religious and secular traditions, food, music, and the Judeo-Spanish language.

NOTE: The web site and Facebook pages are no longer operative. We have linked to the Center’s blog, which also has not been active for some years — but it still has a number of useful resources, publications, and links.