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Symposium: Jewish Identity in the Turkic World

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Monday, November 23, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)

Symposium: Jewish Identity in the Turkic World

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Jewish Identity in the Turkic World

November 23, 2009
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St 
New York, NY 10011

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For centuries, the Jewish peoples have lived in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and other parts of the Turkic world. Tens of thousands of "Sephardi Jews" lived in present-day Turkey since 1492, when Ottoman Turks provided shelter and acceptance to the Jews escaping the Spanish Inquisition. One of the largest Azeri-speaking communities in America are the Mountain Jews. They settled in Azerbaijan over two millennia ago and tens of thousands of them continue to live in northern parts of Azerbaijan today, enjoying prosperity and acceptance. The Bukharian Jews of Uzbekistan thrived in this region for 2500 years in an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect.

Building upon this experience, the multilateral cooperation of Israel with Turkic nations has evolved into strategic partnerships. In November 2008, Azerbaijani-American Council (AAC) together with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Orange County chapter of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) launched the "Building Bridges from the Caspian to the Mediterranean" initiative in California with the aim of transforming the dynamic relations of Azerbaijan, Israel and Turkey into the prism of cooperation between the Turkic- and Jewish-American communities.

Building upon this experience, on November 23, 2009, the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA), Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), Azerbaijan Society of America (ASA), Azerbaijani American Council (AAC), the Turk of America (TOA) magazine and the Uzbek Initiative together with the Jewish-American community groups are organizing a one-day symposium dedicated to the heritage and contemporary presence of Jewish communities in Turkic world at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Apart from distinguished speakers, this program will also feature a screening of "Desperate Hours" by Victoria Barrett, who will be present to talk about the documentary on the role Turkish diplomats in saving thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.  Barry Habib, the producer of the famous Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," and Yildiz Yuksek Blackstone, President of Luca Luca, will speak about their life experiences. A selection of paintings by Stass Shpanin will be displayed at the event along with the copies of critical historical documents from the Ottoman Archives that establish the context of Ottoman-Jewish relations through the centuries.
 
The program will start at 1pm and continue with a reception at 5pm
 
Co-sponsors: Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Turkish American Action Committee; Bukharian Jews Congress of the US and Canada, International Charity Fund of  Mountain Jews and Kafkas Jewish Youth Connection 

 

Introduction: Official Opening & Invited Speeches

Tomris Azeri (ASA) & Gunay Evinch (ATAA)

· Organizers' welcome

01:00 pm

I.  Jews in Turkey: History and Presence

David Saltzman

 

 

· Turkish Coalition of America

01:15pm

Yildiz Yuksek Blackstone

 

 

· President of Luca Luca

01:30pm

Alan R. Cordova

Columbia University

 

· Sephardi Jewish history in Rhodes and Marmara region

01:45pm

II. Jewish Heritage in the Turkic World

Sergei Weinstein

Intl. Charity Fund of Mountain Jews

 

· Islam and Judaism in modern Russia

02:15pm

Rashbil Shamayev

Azerbaijani Jewish Community

 

· Azerbaijani Jewish community relations with Azerbaijan

02:30pm

Farkhod Muradov

Uzbek Initiative

 

· Bukharian Jewish Congress of the USA and Canada

02:45pm

10-MIN RECESS - 3:00pm

III. Art, Music & Film Industry

Barry Habib

 

 

· Broadway Musical Producer

03:10pm

Victoria Barrett

 

 

· "Desperate Hours": Film Screening and Talk

03:30pm

RECEPTION - 5:00pm

  • FOLK DANCE MUSIC BY KAVKAZ JEWISH YOUTH CONNECTION
  • PICTURE GALLERY BY STASS SHPANIN
  • EXHIBITION OF ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS ON THE OTTOMAN-JEWISH RELATIONS BY ASST. PROF. GÖKNUR AKÇADAĞ, YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

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Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

Monday, November 23, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)


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Kavkaz JYC

International Charity Fund of Mountain Jews (STMEGI)

Bukharian Jewish Congress of the US and Canada

Turkish American Action Committee

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