When: 27/02/2013
Where: Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, Norrice Lea
Time: 20:00
Contact: 0207 2890 6321
Price: £10 (+1 booking fee)
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When Shabbetai Zvi, Judaism's false Messiah, converted to Islam in 1666, he took hundreds of his followers with him. Their descendants became known as the Donmeh. They were outwardly Muslim, but still performed Jewish practices. Few of the Dönmeh admit to their identity, but estimates of their numbers range from 15,000 to 100,000 or more.

Who are these secret people who lived and continue to live in limbo between Judaism and Islam? How are they viewed by Turkish society?

Was Kemal Ataturk a Donmeh? Was Turkey's only woman Prime Minister a descendant of Shabbetai Zvi?

Dr Saul Zadka's illustrated talk is unmissable and among other questions he will answer the following: What is the connection between the Izmir Jewish community and the French singer Brigitte Bardot? Who sang the musical hit "Ya Mustafa"?

A collaboration between the Spiro Ark www.spiroark.org, 02072896321 and Harif www.harif.org, 07506033848.


Accessing the Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street, London W1W 6NW is easy by public transport:

London Underground:

Northern and Victoria Lines: Warren Street Station (0.5 mile)

Metropolitan, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City Lines: Great Portland Street Station (0.2 mile)

Bakerloo Line: Regents Park (0.3 mile)

Central, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines: Oxford Circus (0.4 mile)


Nearby bus routes from NW London:

13 to Oxford Circus (plus 0.4 mile walk)

If you come to Oxford st. you can go through the back entrance of John Lewis straight into Harley st. and turn right into New Cavendish St. and you are just in front of the Central Synagogue building on 36 Hallam St.

82 to Blandford Street (plus 0.7 mile walk)





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