Throughout the years, I’ve moved to and worked in different countries (Greece, Turkey, USA, Barbados).
Different work environments have brought me in touch with diverse groups of people. This has necessitated that I develop three essential values: Respect, flexibility, adaptation.
- Respect for every and any culture (at the individual or collective level).
- Flexibility to adjust one’s own ways when they are not applicable to different settings.
- Adapting to new requirements, leaving behind beliefs, prejudices, and stereotypes.
Here is some of my work:
- Archival processing
- Records disposition
- Arrangement and description
I have performed the above in the following institutions:
Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project, Barbados, West Indies
During 2016, I processed and digitized the records of the non-profit Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project (BSRP) that span approximately 40 years and reflect on its activities during that time, namely a) restoration of the synagogue, b) conservation of the cemetery, c) establishment of a museum, d) discovery of a ritual bath, and e) rehabilitation of the surrounding block.
My work consisted of a) arranging and describing these records, following international standards, b) digitizing the whole of the collection, c) uploading ‘records of archival value’ to the Digital Library of the Caribbean, and d) transferring the physical records to the Barbados Archives Department. You can see this digital collection here.
Dating back to the early 1600s, the history of the Jews on the island is a prime example of diasporic dispersion and is closely intertwined with European, North American, and Latin American/Caribbean history. Through the community’s ethnic and kin relationships, a vast, transatlantic network of people and goods can be traced in archival documents that exist in collections worldwide.
iSchool, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Processing the departmental records of the iSchool according to UMD records schedule. Transferring those of archival value to UMD Archives, disposing off the rest.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC, USA
Developed the Finding Aid for record group RG-43.058M, “Selected Records from the Departmental Archives de la Haute-Garonne” (in French). The collection consists of 18 reels of about 36,000 pages of microfilmed material. Please see here.
EXHIBITS AND MUSEUMS
- Collection management
- Temporary and permanent exhibits
- Conceptual design and content development
I have performed the above duties as a curator in the following museums:
Jewish Museum of Turkey
The museum, in its making since 1998, opened its doors to the public in December 2001, with the financial backing of Mr. Jak Kamhi and the Kamhi family. It was founded by the 500th Year Foundation, and was housed in the historic Zulfaris Synagogue (known as Kahal Kadosh Galata). The building was used in that capacity until 2015, when it was moved to the Neve Shalom synagogue.
The museum opened thanks to the vision and dedication of Mr. Naim A. Güleryüz, who served as the coordinator during the process of establishing the museum. As the curator of this project, I developed the conceptual design and exhibits layout; wrote the panels for the liturgical objects section and the ethnography section, as well as the objects' captions; and worked together with various contractors in order to design and install the exhibits.
- B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum and Philip Lax Archives, Washington DC, USA
- Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach, FL, USA
- Schneidertempel Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING
- Events and conference planning, organizing, and implementing
- In museums
- At the university (during my graduate assistanships)
- Lecturing and teaching
VOLUNTEERING AND SERVICE
- Member, Genealogy Fair Committee, Archives Department, Barbados
- Archival volunteer, Shilstone Library, Barbados Museum, Barbados
- Reviewer, NEH grants
- Co-moderator and website development, Sephardi Mizrahi Caucus of the Association for Jewish Studies (2010-2014)
- Member, Committee for exploring the feasibility of developing an American Hellenic Museum, American Foundation for Greek Language and Civilization (AFGLC), Tampa, FL, 2002