Turkey: Only 24 members remaining of Ankara’s Jewish community that can be traced back to the biblical period

“The Jews of Ankara are so far and few between that I can fit them all around my dining room table,” says Israel’s ambassador to Turkey, Eitan Na’eh, to Haaretz as he surveys the congregants for Yom Kippur services in the nearly empty synagogue.

The Jewish community of Ankara can be traced back to the biblical period but now Ankara’s Jewish community now numbers a mere 24 people, and that includes the Jewish members of the diplomatic corps and UN officials posted in the city, as the Israeli newspaper denounces.