Laurence Salzmann discussed his photography of the Jews of Turkey in an event at Hillel UW sponsored by the Stroum Jewish Studies Program.

Photographer Laurence Salzmann discussed his documentary project, “Turkey’s Jews Revisited,” at a special exhibit opening hosted at Hillel UW. Photo by Anastasia Stepankowsky of The Daily at the University of Washington.

A special exhibit of documentary photography about the Jews of Turkey opened at Hillel UW this past Tuesday evening. Photographer Laurence Salzmann gave a lecture on his photo project, entitled “Turkey’s Jews Revisited, 1984-2012.” The event was co-sponsored by the Sephardic Studies Initiative of the Stroum Jewish Studies Program, the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington, and Hillel UW.

The photographs will be on view to the public through November 8. Anyone interested in hearing more from Mr. Salzmann can attend his talk at Turkfest on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 pm; click here for more info.

The exhibit opening was the second successful event in a strong lineup of Sephardic Studies programming at the University of Washington for 2013-14. On Oct. 9, an enthusiastic crowd filled Hillel’s upstairs auditorium to hear Prof. David Bunis, a visiting scholar from the Hebrew University who is a world expert on Judeo-Spanish, give a lecture entitled “Ladino / Judezmo as a Jewish Language.” Click here to read our report on Bunis’ lecture, which included fascinating slides of Judezmo manuscripts and a collective performance of a Ladino version of “Ein Keloheinu.”

Want the full schedule of Sephardic Studies programming for 2013-14? Click here for a detailed list, and visit the homepage of the Sephardic Studies Initiative for updates, blog posts, and more.

LaVendrick Smith of The Daily, the University of Washington’s student paper, attended Tuesday night’s exhibit opening and contributed a nice writeup of the event, which also included a reception. Smith writes,

Salzmann said he wants the photographs and exhibit to act as an educational opportunity for future generations of students to become aware of Jewish culture.

[The photos] represent the unique vision of a community, and how it was at one moment in time,” Salzmann said.

Want the whole story from The Daily? Click here to read Smith’s full article, “Photography Exhibit Opens at Hillel UW” (Oct. 15).


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