Thu, 4. November 2021


The Museum of Turkish Jews is breaking new ground in Turkey.
The Museum of Turkish Jews brings together archeology and history professionals and enthusiasts with a new exhibition that sheds light on the 2600-year history of Jewish existence in the Anatolian Soil in the light of information from archaeological excavations.
The exhibition “Jewish Identity Engraved on Stones” can be visited at the Zulfaris Synagogue between 4-21 November, except for Saturdays, between 10:00–17:00 hours.
The exhibition reveals the past of the Jews in this geography with evidence, in collaboration with architect Çiğdem Öner, the heads of ongoing archaeological excavations in Anatolia and academicians, and with the financial support of the German Federal Republic Consulate General in Istanbul and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Association Turkey Representative.
2600 years ago, when the Jews came to Anatolian soil, they came to Anatolia and Thrace, and settled in ancient cities, especially to trade. Archaeological excavations present concrete findings such as tombstones, inscriptions, objects and synagogue ruins that prove the Jewish presence in this geography.
The concrete Jewish findings revealed by the exhibition are exhibited according to the regions, and together with the Side Synagogue, which was discovered recently, all kinds of detailed information about the synagogues of Andriake, Sardes, Priene, Limyra and Miletos, three-dimensional restitution proposals of the buildings and models of some buildings are displayed and shared with the audience.
The excavation heads of the mentioned archaeological sites supported the restitution studies of the synagogue buildings with their feedback. In the exhibition, where a model of the Sardes Synagogue will also take place, it will also be possible to watch the film produced by Ariel Goldenberg, which portrays a brief summary of the exhibition.
The "Jewish Identity Engraved on Stones" exhibition, which is an invitation to further research and emphasize the Jewish presence in Anatolia, will offer an interesting perspective especially to archeology and history professionals as well as enthusiasts.
In addition to the "Jewish Identity Engraved on Stones" exhibition organized under the scientific consultancy of Researcher Writer Siren Bora, the exhibition book consisting of the articles of academicians and excavation heads will be presented to the interested parties from Museum Publications.