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Italian Synagogue, Galata, Istanbul
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In 1862, following long-standing disputes within the Jewish community, a group of Sephardi Jews of Italian origins and connections broke away from the main body of the Sephardi community of Istanbul. They organized a new congregation and placed themselves under the protection of the king of Italy (see Protégés). Subsequently, this new group called itself the Comunità Israelitico-Straniera di Rito Spagnuolo-Portoghese di Constantinopoli (Community of Foreign Jews of the Spanish-Portuguese Rite of Istanbul). In the 1880s, they founded a new synagogue o…

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Naim Güleryüz, “Italian Synagogue, Galata, Istanbul”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 18 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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