Turkey’s Jewish history is rich and extensive, stretching from one border to another and spanning well over 2,000 years. Invited by the Ottoman Emperor after the Expulsion from Spain in 1492, many Sephardim found a welcoming home in Turkey and became an important part of Ottoman and Turkish society.
For more about our own connections to Jewish heritage, please visit Jewish Heritage: It’s All Personal
- Meet with the leaders of the Jewish community in Turkey.
- Shabbat dinner and services in Istanbul and Izmir.
- Entrée to the magnificent Great Synagogue, at Edirne. It is the second largest in Europe and was completely restored in 2015.
- Visit the historic synagogues, ancient Jewish quarters, and contemporary community institutions of Istanbul and Izmir.
- Visit the ancient synagogue at Sardis.
- Visit the Jewish Museum in Istanbul.
Oy. We have so much more up our sleeves.