THE ULUS PRIVATE JEWISH SCHOOLS
The Ulus Jewish Schools provide education for over 600 students ranging from pre-school to the end of high school. In addition to maintaining a high academic standart, the school aims to enhance the intellectual level of its students with a range of electives (entrepreneurship, business, web design, film appreciation etc.), international projects (MUN, exchange programs with foreign schools, participation in international science fairs etc.) and social responsibility projects (MITZVAH Day etc.)
“Educating productive individuals in a creative environment.” is their motto. On the science front the school now aims to improve the level of science and math education in the classroom by adding visual and experimental components and apparatus to its biology, chemistry and science laboratories in addition to the theoretical courses taught in the classrooms. Improving the level of Hebrew is another current goal of the school. Hebrew is taught at the Ulus Jewish schools starting from grade 1.
The weekly newpaper Şalom was founded in 1947 by Avram Leon and was runned every week in Ladino (Judeo – Espanol) till 1983. When Avram leyon became ill and was no longer able to devote his energies to running the weekly Jewish newspaper, the leaders of Istanbul’s Jewish community took the responsability and thought that the newspaper has to go on.By the end of 1980’s, the editors of Şalom considered that the Jews of Turkey do not speak any more Ladino at home and the young generation was learning English or French. The language of the paper would become Turkish, except for one page, still written in Ladino.
Now Şalom, still a weekly, publishes 20-plus pages in each edition, up to 28 during the High Holidays. It has a website, a Twitter feed and a Facebook page. Volunteer writers, who range from university students to professional authors, contribute articles on a variety of topics, from community news and child care to technology and sports. Şalom, which means and is pronounced “Shalom,” also publishes a monthly Turkish magazine, Şalom Dergi (Shalom Magazine), and distributes a monthly Ladino supplement, El Amaneser (The Dawn), produced by the Ottoman Turkish Sephardic Culture Research Center, an institute based in the same building.To this day, every week, one of Şalom’s pages is written in Ladino, making it the only newspaper in the world that still publishes in the language.
OR YOM OLD AGE HOME
One of the most important social welfare institutions of the Turkish Jewish Community is « Or Yom » located in Galata district, which is a home for more than 100 Jews who need personal care. Due to the economical reasons, the 2 old age homes in İstanbul ( Barınyurt and İhtiyarlar Yurdu) were united 2 years ago in one building in Galata under the umbrella of « Or Yom » and today they are giving personal and medical care together every day with the support of many volunteers and professionals as well. The Or Yom project was very succesfull, today Or Yom has become one of the best old age homes in İstanbul with its pyschical conditions and with its selective organisation team. For the mental and physical health of their members, Or Yom organizes many activites weekly such as Cinema,theater,yoga classes,festivals and concerts as well.
The Chief Rabbinate of Turkey has appointed Denet Gıda A.Ş. as the only official coordinator of the Kosher supervision process in Turkey. The Kosher Certificate logo allows the companies to be recongized internationally within the worldwide Kosher marketplace.