Organized in 35 different countries of Europe, The European Day of Jewish Culture took place with an intense participation in The Quincentennial Foundation Museum Of Turkish Jews and The Neve Shalom Synagogue and Cultural Center.
The culture and traditions of Jews living in Turkey was presented with various activities. This year, the theme of the event, that takes place in Turkey since 2001, was “Us With Stories”.
"Anne Frank - A History For Today" exhibition was exhibited in our museum during the summer of 2018.
The travelling exhibition "Anne Frank - a History for Today" is the center piece of the international work of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. This Turkish-English version uses Anne Frank's life story to tell the history of the Holocaust and to encourage young people to reflect on the both the past and present. Quotes from the diary of Anne Frank and photos of the Frank family guide the visitor through this history. The exhibition makes use of personal stories and eyewitness accounts to highlight themes such as prejudice, racism, extreme nationalism, persecution, resistance, human rights and democracy. Copies of the travelling Anne Frank exhibition have been shown in over 70 countries worldwide.
The exhibition was organized by SEHAK and Anne Frank House of Amsterdam.
The events which were open to public included music concerts, interviews, book promotions, documentary screenings, exhibitions and a theatrical representation of a Jewish wedding at the Neve Shalom Synagogue.
Within the context of the 15th Istanbul Biennial "Neighbors", a mixed photo exhibition called "One Heart One Soul" , organized by The Quincentennial Foundation Museum Of Turkish Jews met with art lovers.
The most distinguished works of Abdulkadir Karatas, Nikolaos Manginas, Alberto Modiano, Jil Pardo, Emine Ülkerim, Kemal Eskenazi, Hakan Circir, Rubi Asa, Mıgırdıç Arzivyan, Berge Arabian and Bilal Akar, the photos they've taken on the neighbor relations in Istanbul met their visitors. In the exhibition where Ovadya worked as Project Advisor, Dalia Maya became Project Coordinator. While Hakan Circır undertook the design of the booklet that depicts the exhibition he made on the editorial board of Onur Caymaz, he made the printing of the Etika plant and left it for future generations as a gift. Works are exhibited in 7 chapters under Nostalgia, Traditional Neighborhood, Cultural Sharing, Transfiguration-Lost Values, Transformation-Lost Neighborhood, Solidarity and Hope Title.
In the Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi, between 16th-23th of March, Çanakkale Wars, World War I and the Ottoman Jews Exhibition was displayed. Mayor of Kadıköy Aykurt Nuhoğlu, Deputy Mayor Uygur Çakmak and the Chief Rabbi Rav İzak Haleva were present in the opening ceremony.
We celebrated the 3rd day of Hannukah (Feast Of Lights) on 27 December Tuesday evening.
On the 3rd day of Hannukah, with the participation of The Mayor of Beyoglu Mr.Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Chief Rabi İzak Haleva and Manager of Culture of the city of Istanbul Mr.Nedret Apaydın, we lit the candles in Neve Shalom Synagogue all together for ‘‘hope’’.
Following the Sabi Şamarya and Bike Öner recital and Cem Kaston singing his self-composed Hebrew songs, the event was closed with lighting the candles with Anoten Prayer.
The first activity ‘’ Analysis of a Book ‘’ with Yasemin Sungur took place on 5 December 2016 and is planned to go on every Monday between 13:00–15:00 hours.
The participants were chatting about the first book chosen for this activity Kürk Mantolu Madonna written by Sabahattin Ali.