On 4 March 2020, in the opening of "Sections from the Turkish Jewish Life" exhibition that was acquired from the Beit Hatfutsot museum, "The Youth Corner" copies of the Shalom newspaper, issued on 30th of October 1963, was donated to the museum. On the same day, Prof.Dr. Philip Schwartz's microscope, made in Austria in 1918, was donated to the museum by Dr. Onur Yarar.
The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews has organized a very special event on Zoom on Sunday, January 31 at 18:00. The museum has been the scene of the premiere of the movie "Bella’s Story", which sheds light on Bella Eskenazi's life, in the week when she celebrated her 98th birthday. Bella and director Banu Yalkut Breddermann, who inspired Orhan Veli's famous poem "I Can't Tell", had a short conversation before the 100-minute documentary.
The documentary "Where The Life Takes - The Life Of Erol Guney" was displayed at the museum on Sunday, March 8th.
Director Rami Kimchi's film The Night of Fools, whose family roots are based in Izmir, was screened at the Quincentennial Foundation Museum Of Turkish Jews on Sunday (November 10th). After the screening, Kimchi also met with moviegoers. Due to the legacy inherited from his grandmother and grandfather, who were Sephardic, Kimchi bears an affection for Turkey. In Kimchi's film, Algerian Jewish youth tricks the French militia, helping the Americans to land in Algeria in 1942. In addition to directing, Rami Kimchi is a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Tulane University, and the University of California at San Diego, and is known for writing for the Ha'aretz Newspaper.
Boğaziçi Alumni Choir performed their performance of "Poetry of Man" at Ulus Jewish Schools on Sunday October 20th.
The concert was held with intense participation.
Cemil Sağyaşar and the "500th Year Special Ladies" Choir concert was held in the Neve Shalom Synagogue on Sunday 06.10.2019 with an intense participation.
Sephardic and Jewish Cuisine Workshop took place on 18th September 2019 in the Museum, with the participation of Aydemir Ay from Edirne Municipality , Aylin Tan, food culture writer and critic in Sephardic restaurants, Deniz Alphan, the author of the documentary and the book "Dina's Kitchen" and Sima Ovadya, writer of Sephardic recipes' books.
Gilda Kohen was the moderator of the workshop, which was held with the large participation of the well-established families of Edirne.
During the workshop, the most commonly used recipes in Sephardic and Jewish cuisine from past to present, as well as ideas and traditions of this culture were exchanged. The book being prepared by Aydemir Ay on the Sephardic Dishes of Edirne, was also interpreted by the participants.
At the beginning of 2019, the former Chairman of the Community "Silvyo Ovadya", who took the presidency of the museum, gave a new impetus to the museum in terms of both cultural and promotional activities.
The stories of Djoha (Nasreddin Hodja), one of the most popular figures of the popular tradition of the Sephardic, have been orally passed on from generation to generation. Djoha, being rather a funny character but very
clever too. He is such a clever madman that he has the ability to educate everyone by making them laugh. His stories cover human psychology, lifestyle, business life, family life, etc.
Afterwards, “Forti Barokas”, “Şeli Gaon” ve “Suzet Herman” entertained and made the participants laugh by telling the stories of Djoha in djudeo-espanyol language and adapting them to our present life. ”Anri Çiprut" translated four Djoha stories in Ladino into Turkish
The performance attracted great attention.
The visitors and the friends of the museum have attended the concert, held on Sunday, April 14 at Neve Shalom Synagogue, which will also be held most of the following sundays. The works of Handel, Bach, Sanz, Corelli and Burgmuller were played in the concert with Musa Albukrek in violin, Cem Küçümen in guitars and Deniz Küçümen in cello.
You can follow these events in the museum on Sundays and in the social media accounts of the museum.