Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will recount it to thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. (Deuteronomy 32:7) This organization shall be known as HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF JEWS FROM EGYPT, and not of Egypt or of Egyptian Jews, but FROM EGYPT
Enfants Heureux 1959
Shaar Ha Shamayim Synagogue. a/k/a Ismaliya
Ecole de la communauté Israelite du Caire "Staff" early 1940's
For Egyptian-born Jews, the current
crisis elicits a mix of emotions—from nostalgia for an idyllic existence
under the monarchy to the terror of being chased out to calls of ‘kill
On a Saturday night in late January 1952, Sidney Miraz and his family gathered in his uncle’s apartment in
Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo. Then, as now, angry crowds swarmed the streets demanding the removal of
Egypt’s leaders. Though his parents tried to keep him away from the window, Miraz, a young boy, could see
a large blaze glowing in the sunset. The commercial district of Cairo was engulfed in flames. An uncle who
lived in the city called every 15 minutes, updating the terrified family.
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"Aimée Israel-Pelletier examines the lives of Middle Eastern Jews living in Islamic societies in this political and cultural history of the Jews of Egypt. By looking at the work of five Egyptian Jewish writers, Israel-Pelletier confronts issues of identity, exile, language, immigration, Arab nationalism, European colonialism, and discourse on the Holocaust. She illustrates that the Jews of Egypt were a fluid community connected by deep roots to the Mediterranean and the Nile. They had an unshakable sense of being Egyptian until the country turned toward the Arab East. With Israel-Pelletier's deft handling, Jewish Egyptian writing offers an insider's view in the unique character of Egyptian Jewry and the Jewish presence across the Mediterranean region and North Africa
The Sad case of our Cemeteries
Egypt expelled the Jews, now they wish to eradicate the dead's legacy
Interview with Dr. David Marzuk and Albert Gamill
Siddur Yesharim 1954
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It was 30 years for Jeannine (my wife) and 18 years for me since
we saw Cairo for the last time. For my daughter, Sabrina, it was a trip
she dreaded as she did not want to spend her Easter vacation with her
parents alone and further more in a country that did not mean anything
to her. All the Egyptian cooking of her mother, aunts and grand mothers
did not count for much. She considered herself a real American with the
French, Jewish and Middle Eastern culture being just a natural diversion
in her way of life.
It was August 2003 and Haim Saban was awaiting word on a deal to acquire a controlling stake in ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Germany’s largest broadcasting group, that country’s approximate equivalent of owning ABC, CBS, and CNN.
What are popular, totally secular Egyptian songs doing in and to the synagogue? Liturgical poet-musician Moshe Habusha, Rabbi Ovadia
Yosef's cantor, says Israel's European-dominated culture has much to
learn from the late great Arab singers.
Like their Biblical forerunners, the Egyptians of the twentieth century
temporarily played host to the Jewish people — close to 80,000 of them
by the early 1940s. And like their Biblical ancestors, the Jews of
Egypt eventually left the country in a hurry,
though without the great wealth and miraculous wonders that had
accompanied their nation over 3,000 years earlier. Here Inyan presents
a kaleidoscope of proud shomrei Torah u’mitzvos who share
memories of their lives in Egypt and the modern-day exodus they
When the State of Israel was declared in 1948, Jews in Arab lands became scapegoats. Mobs in Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt vented their frustrations against their Jewish neighbors, most of whom they had been living with peacefully for generations. It resulted in a great exodus of Jews, some 850,000 by most estimates. In comparison, the events of 1948 created about 726,000 Arab refugees from "Palestine."
My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilization, and my presence was felt from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent — but I barely exist today. You see, I am a Jew from the Arab world. No, that’s not entirely accurate. I’ve fallen into a semantic trap. I predated the Arab conquest in just about every country in which I lived. When Arab invaders conquered North Africa, for example, I had already been present there for more than six centuries.
Egyptian Jews belong to a very ancient culture. In biblical times, when Jacob and his family fled from the famine besieging the land of Canaan, Egypt opened its doors. It was in Egypt that the children and grand children of Jacob-Israel multiplied and became a people of twelve tribes.
It was also in Egypt that my family was forced to repeat the biblical exodus of Moses’ time. Like thousands of Jews (an estimated 75,000 in the 1950’s), they had to leave behind a lifetime of friends and possessions. I experienced this exodus as a child. I was forced to grow up in an alien culture, longing for the land and the time that my grandparents had lived in.
A DOCUMENTARY FILM A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT THE CAIRO GENIZA
"The Geniza gave us a kind of video on life a thousand years ago that is totally unique. Every aspect of life
is represented there." --Stefan Reif, Cambridge University Library (Emeritus).
Cairo to the Cloud tells the captivating story of the Cairo Geniza, a vast treasure trove of manuscripts discovered in the “geniza,” or sacred storeroom, of an ancient synagogue in Old Cairo.
The Geniza is not only the largest cache of Jewish history ever found, it is a window into a vanished civilization, with over 350,000 documents illuminating over a thousand years of Jewish, Christian and Moslem life in the heart of the Islamic world.
““The Genizah...is ““The Genizah...is an old Jewish institution. The word is derived from the old Hebrew verb “ganaz,” and signifies treasure-house or hiding-place. When applied to books it means much the same thing as burial means in the case of men. When the spirit is gone, we put the corpse out of sight to protect it from abuse. In like manner, when the writing is worn out, we hide the book to preserve it from profanation. The contents of the book go up to heaven like the soul” ”
— Solomon Schechter, 1897
Have you noticed that the voices of Holocaust denial are
getting louder and more frequent? In Iran, in Arab countries, in other
Islamic countries, in the West -- they seem to proliferate everywhere. Why
do you think that is so? Simple: Holocaust survivors are dying out.
Witnesses to man's inhumanity to man will soon completely disappear and will
no longer be able to confront the liars face to face. Then -- who knows --
the lies may well become established history. The same will happen to Jews
from Arab countries. We, too, are dying out. For almost forty years, since
the Six-Day War of 1967, Arab countries have been essentially "judenrein" --
devoid of Jews. The youngest among us who still remembers anything is in his
early fifties. enter"
Records of the Jewish Community of Cairo, 1886-1961
AbstractConsists of account books, by-laws, case files, certificates, correspondence, legal documents, minutes, photographs and reports from the Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish communities of Cairo. Also contains minute registers of two lodges of the International Order of B'nai B'rith in Cairo, which provide information crucial for understanding the modernization of Egyptian Jewry that took place in the early decades of the twentieth century.
The records of the Sephardic Jewish Community are divided into five series: Jewish Community Council
Administration of Synagogues
Administration of Jewish Schools
The Jewish Community of Cairo in the Twentieth Century
Egyptian Economics and Politics (1869 - 1936)
European colonial intervention in African affairs in the mid-nineteenth
century had its strongest impact on Egypt. French engineer Ferdinand de
Lesseps built the Suez Canal (1869) and British engineers built the
country's first railroad system. With French and British influence growing
in the country, Egypt had to respond to international demands and
pressures which destroyed its traditional economic structure. ...
Within a short period of time, fewer than sixty years, Egyptian society was completely transformed. Rapid changes affecting the economy and shifts in the political system had serious repercussions for the Jewish community. Modernization forced Egyptian Jews to reconsider their established customs and practices, and introduced western ideas into their culture.
There is no census of the Jewish population in Egypt until the end of the nineteenth century when an estimated 25,000 Jews lived in the country. The Jewish population increased to more than double between 1897, the year of the first available census, and 1917, when it was estimated at 60,000. This figure remained stable until the mass emigration of 1947. Today, only a few hundred Jews are left in Cairo and Alexandria.
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VIDEOS BY VARIOUS CONTRIBUTORS
Brazilian immigration cards given to Jews from Egypt in the 1950s.
« Les Chemins de la poésie » se font tortueux, pleins de virages inattendus, explorant tout autant les émois passionnels que les coins dun globe soumis, encore et toujours, à lintolérable Appel à léveil des consciences et de la mémoire, odes à la paix et à la réconciliation, hommages aux abîmés et traumatisés forment ainsi le matériau dans lequel est coulée une uvre dont les notes rappellent autant le Qaddish que lhumanisme
Daily Prayers - Hebrew with Arabic Translation Authored by Dr. Hillel Yaacob Farhi Edition: Fouth Edition of the 1917 Prayer Book.
Daily prayers, Shabbat prayers, Special prayers, Minor Holidays prayers (except Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), Supplications, Blessings and Hymns from Syria and Egypt. With Arabic translation of each facing Hebrew page.
Growing Up Jewish in Alexandria
Lucienne Carasso grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. Her cozy, secure and settled world was shattered by the Suez Canal Crisis in November 1956 when her father and uncle were interned by the government of Gamal Abdel Nasser. This marked the beginning of the end of the century-long sojourn of her extended Sephardic family in Egypt. In her memoir, she shares the magical world of her childhood in the rich, multifaceted city of Alexandria,
Bridging the Divide between Israel and the Arab World Hardcover – May 5, 2015 by Eli Avidar
Eli Avidar looks into the abyss that divides Israel from its Arab neighbors, in order to understand the inherent flaws, prevailing misunderstandings, and tragic mistakes that characterize the relations and bloodletting, and how, if at all possible, to bridge the differences. In doing so, he offers a new perspective about the reality of the Middle East and all the clichés that have transformed the Hebrew-Arab lexicon into a complex and hopeless minefield.
The Journey: From Ismaeleya to Higienópolis - The story of an Egyptian Jew
Whenever I am asked: "Where are you from?" I feel insecure and hesitate to answer. Strange as it may sound, for me the answer is neither simple nor direct. I was born in Cairo Egypt, in 1944, yet I don’t have an Egyptian nationality and can hardly speak the national language, Arabic. I have a French nationality, without ever having lived in France. Although my surname sounds Italian, I don’t speak the Italian.
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