this article is found at http://new.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=213527
here is an excerpt:
The emergence of Turkey’s hidden Jews
By MICHAEL FREUND [ Shavei Israel Chairman]
Fundamentally Freund: the Donmeh community, numbering several thousand people, descends from followers of the false messiah Shabtai Zvi.
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The Jewish people are currently facing a demographic and spiritual crisis of unprecedented proportions. Our numbers are shrinking, Jewish commitment is waning, and more and more young people are leaving the fold.
And yet, simultaneously, an extraordinary awakening is also taking place. From northeastern India to southern Spain, from the coast of Portugal to the shores of Brazil, countless numbers of people are trying to make sense of their Jewish ancestry, wrestling with profound questions of… (read more)