Turkish Jewish Community celebrates Hanukkah in Istanbul

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

eli2Hemdat Israel Synagogue located in Kadıköy, Istanbul organized on Thursday night a Sephardic concert at Fulya Culture Center in Beşiktaş, Istanbul. The Sephardic concert performed by conductor Ronen Nissan and Cladia Guarin is held with the support of Austria's consulate general in Istanbul and Beşiktaş Municipality for the benefit of Suadiye Minix Kindergarten.

Prior to the concert guests welcomed by the Hemdat Israel Synagogue Foundation President Mr. Eli Arditi and enjoyed a nice reception with a wide selection of Jewish cuisine prepared by members of the community.

Austrian and Spanish Consul Generals in Istanbul attended the event. Beşiktaş Mayor Atty. Murat Hazinedar also attended the night. Mr. Hazinedar who took the stage before the concert, informed audience about a special ceremony that will take place in Ortaköy on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Hazinedar invited all audience and asked them to take their neighbors whatever their religions are to celebrate Hanukkah in Ortaköy with a candle lighting ceremony.

Chief Rabbi Mr. İzak Haleva together with Mr. Arditi and Mr. Hazinedar lit the 5th candle together with the students of Suadiye Minix Kindergarten.

Following the ceremony, Israel born Ronen Nissan and Bogota – Colombia born Claudia Guarin performed 3 songs composed by Franz Schubert, and songs by Enrique Granados, Isaac Albeniz, Heitor Villa Lobos, Ariel Ramirez, Astor Piazzolla. The duo also presented Ladino songs arranged by Daniel Akiva.


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