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Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul
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The largest and the most modern Sephardic synagogue in Istanbul, Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace), is located in the Beyoğlu district, near the Galata Tower, and within walking distance of the Tunnel Square. In 1938, to make room for the synagogue, the reception hall of a Jewish primary school was converted into a house of worship. In 1948, the board of trustees of the temple decided to build a proper synagogue on the site. The following year, when all the preparations were completed, two Jewish architects, Elyo Ventura and Bernard Motola, both graduates of the Istanbul Technical University, …

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Rifat Sonsino, “Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0016770>
First published online: 2010

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