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The Donmeh is a Jewish community in Turkey numbering several thousand people who are descendants of the followers of the false messiah Shabtai Zvi. One of the group's members recently returned to Judaism in a ceremony in New York....

The Jerusalem Post Recently, at a small synagogue in New Jersey, a Jewish tragedy more than three centuries old came to an abrupt and long-awaited end. Standing before a rabbinical court, a “hidden Jew” from Turkey closed an historical circle by emerging from the shadows of the past and formally returning to the Jewish people. The young man in question, who now goes by his Hebrew name of Ari, is a member of the Donmeh, a community numbering several thousand people who are descendants of the followers of the false messiah Shabbetai Zvi.