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  • Yosef Nasi
  • Gracia Mendes Nasi דונה גרציה
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  • Aaron ben Joseph Sason
  • Aaron ben Solomon ben Hasun
  • Caleb Afendopolo
  • Elza Niego affair
  • Anjelika Akbar
  • İshak Alaton
  • Munis Tekinalp
  • Isak Andic
  • David Asseo
  • Ruhama Avraham
  • Pini Balili
  • Avraham Ben-Shoshan
  • Maír José Benardete
  • Seyla Benhabib
  • Ceki Benşuşe
  • Can Bonomo
  • Emmanuel Carasso
  • Aaron Cupino
  • Dalia Dorner
  • Haim Moussa Douek
  • Rober Eryol
  • Nachman Fahrner
  • Moris Farhi
  • Üzeyir Garih
  • Shlomo Gazit
  • Erol Güney
  • Mikhail Gurevich (chess player)
  • Umut Güzelses
  • Cem Hakko
  • Vitali Hakko
  • Ishak Haleva
  • Joseph Halévy
  • B. Hallegua (chess player)
  • Moses Hamon
  • Barzillai ben Baruch Jabez
  • Alexander Malcolm Jacob
  • Abba Judan
  • Victoria Kamhi
  • Albert Karasu
  • Matilda Koen-Sarano
  • Sami Levi
  • Shabtai Levy
  • Miriam Lichtheim
  • Roni Margulies
  • Julius Martov
  • Janet Akyüz Mattei
  • Jeffi Medina
  • Paul Misraki
  • Darío Moreno
  • Chaim Nahum
  • Meshulam Riklis
  • Dani Rodrik
  • Berry Sakharof
  • Moshe Sardines
  • Aaron ben Isaac Sason
  • Solomon ibn Verga
  • Cem Stamati
  • David Tzur
  • Aaron Zorogon

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The Antakya Synagogue is located in Antakya, Turkey near the border with Syria. It serves a tiny community of about 60 Jews (as of 1996).

The building was erected in 1890. Because Antakya is north of Jerusalem, the synagogue is built with the Torah Ark on the southern wall in a semi-circular apse. (Joel A. Zack, Historic synagogues of Turkey, 2008, p. 188)

The rabbi lives in Istanbul - 1000 km away. Every Thursday afternoon, boards a bus for a 22 hour ride to Antakya to lead Shabat services and teach the kids. And on every Sunday, he returns to Istanbul. Source

Selahattin Ülkümen (14 January 1914 in Antakya – 7 July 2003 in Istanbul) was a Turkish diplomat and consul in Rhodes during the Second World War, who assisted many local Jews to escape the Holocaust. In 1989 Israel recognized him as among the Righteous Among the Nations and listed his name at Yad Vashem.