Turkish Jews

In memory of Nedim Yahya, a committee member of the Quincentennial Foundation, who died September 22, 1997.

The present size of Jewish Community is estimated at around 26,000. The vast majority live in Istanbul, with a community of about 2,500 in Izmir and other smaller groups located in Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Canakkale, Iskenderun, Kirklareli etc. Sephardis make up 96% of the Community, with Ashkenazis accounting for the rest. There are about 100 Karaites, an independent group who does not accept the authority of the Chief Rabbi.