When a Jewish election committee officially appointed Haim Nahum as chief rabbi of the Ottoman Empire, it changed the way Ottoman Jews navigated citizenship, self-governance, and religious authority.
During our summer 2020 Ladino class, UW Ph.D. candidate Jorge Bayona discovered a surprising thread of international coverage in the Ladino press.
Why do library catalogs sometimes leave out important information about Ladino books, and why is it important to fill in these gaps?
Grad fellow Canan Bolel explains the unfortunate parallels between responses to 19th-century cholera outbreaks in Ottoman Izmir (present-day Turkey) — especially for Jewish communities— and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Looking at how Sephardic Jews in Seattle recalled massacres of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey shows why it's important to go beyond "good guys" and "bad guys" in interpreting history, writes graduate fellow Oya Rose Aktaş.
The Benezra family's complex journey from the Ottoman Empire to Seattle is best illustrated through family artifacts.
Grad Fellow Özgür Özkan walks through a new exhibit that remembers Çanakkale’s Sephardic veterans—and reaffirms its pluralistic identity.