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Odin Ozdil grew up in the the United Sates. However, he is part of a family who has a history in Turkey which reaches back hundreds of years. Unfortunately, relations in Turkey have been deteriorating with its Jewish population for some time now. As a result, many people in the region are becoming less open about sharing the fact that they’re Jewish. Odin has observed that some families keep their Mezuzahs indoors, so as not to advertise their Jewish faith. In the past, there were as many as 80,000 Jews living in Turkey, now there are as few as 17,000 — a number which regularly varies. Despite the exodus of Jewish residents, Odin remains optimistic regarding the potential that things could improve for those who have chosen to remain in the country.
Odin graduated with a MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Additionally, he was a participant in the New Leaders Program, run by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. After finishing school, Odin worked as a writer, producer, and director. At the present time, he resides in California and serves as the Los Angeles Program Coordinator for Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA).