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.
From Rhodes to Racine: Why a Sephardic Teenager in 20th-Century Paris Was Reading the Tragedy Esther
What can a quote from Racine's play Esther tell us about what it was like to be a young Jewish woman in 20th century France?
Canan Bolel, an Opportunity Grant winner, reflects on how being from Izmir, Turkey, and learning Hebrew have both affected her identity.
Mazel tov to Dr. Devin E. Naar, whose archival work for "Jewish Salonica," his first book, won two National Jewish Book Awards.