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.


  • Central Synagogue - 36, Hallam St, London W1W 6NW - easily reached by public transport - Centre, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines
  • HGSS - Norrice Lea, London N2 0RE - East Finchley Underground Station- Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines, buses 102, H2
  • Liberal Jewish Synagogue - 28 St. John's Wood Road, London, NW8 7HA - St John's Wood Underground Jubilee Line, buses: 13, 82, 46, 113, 139, 187, 189, 274
  • Tikun - 1117 Finchley Rd, Temple Fortune, NW11 0QB - Golders Green Underground, Northern Line, busses: 82, 102, 460
  • The Spiro Ark at Hampstead Shtiebel - 10a Canfield Gardens, London NW6 3JS - one minute behind Finchley Road Underground Station Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines and Waitrose, busses 13, 82, 113, 187, 268
  • The Spiro Residence - Kidderpore Avenue - NW3 - Finchley Road Underground Station, busses 13 82, 113


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