Trikala (Terhala)
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Trikala(Tur. Terhala), a town in western Thessaly,  is now part of Greece but was under Ottoman rule from the 1390s until 1881. It may have had a Jewish presence in antiquity, and Byzantine sources of the fourteenth century mention Jews on the outskirts of the town, but the earliest tangible evidence of Jewish life dates to the first half of the fifteenth century. Between 1421 and 1451, there were 387 Jewish families in the town and the surrounding area, mostly Judeo-Greek-speaking Romaniots. After the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453, some of them were relocated to the …

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Yitzchak Kerem, “Trikala (Terhala)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 March 2017
First published online: 2010



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