official headquarters of Turkey's Chief
hah-HAHM-bah-shuh) are at Yemenici
Abdullatif Sokak No. 23 (tel +90
212 243 5166, fax +90 212 244 1980; [email protected]),
not far from Tünel
Square in Beyoğlu, Istanbul.
If you wish to do a Walking
Tour of Jewish Heritage Sites in
Turkey, you should contact the
Chief Rabbinate to secure permission
to enter the sites. Security is
tight, and permission is required.
I don't think anybody really works
in the building at that address.
With all the security risks in the
world these days, I assume that the
work of the rabbinate is actually
carried out elsewhere, mostly by
electronic means, so contact them through their website.
of the Ottoman
Empire's ethno-religious communities
its own supreme leader (Chief
Rabbi, Sheik-ul-Islam, Greek Orthodox
Patriarch, Bulgarian Exarch, etc.)
who was responsible to the sultan
for the good behavior of the community.
Disputes between members of the same
community were decided by religious
community courts, not by the imperial
Ottoman millet system provided freedom
of religion for all the empire's
peoples and creeds.
glass window in the Ashkenazi
near the Galata
Tower in Beyoğlu, Istanbul.