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Remember: The HOLOCAUST- 6 million who perished

Wishing You a Happy Holiday of SUKKOT

Wishing you a Happy Sukkot

The Festival of Sukkot begins on the 15th day of Tishri and is the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is a drastic transition from one of the most solemn holidays in the Jewish calendar to one of the most joyous.  ... More


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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. ... More

An Interview

From Cairo to Jerusalem: An Egyptian Historian Visits the Voice of Israel

Dr. Maged FaragDr. Maged Farag talks about Jewish life in contemporary Egypt. Cairo-based historian Dr. Maged Farag, an expert in modern Egyptian history, joins VOI’s Judy Lash Balint in-studio for a wide-ranging discussion on Jewish life in Egypt in the 20th century and Israel-Egypt relations today.


“A Timeline of Jews in Egypt”

Corrections to New York Times “A Timeline of Jews in Egypt”, Published in NYT on June 23, 2015 By Rami Mangoubi (copyright). The New York Times recently published “A Timeline of Jews in Egypt”.

Regrettably, the timeline as given contains serious omissions. In effect, the omissions distort reality, and minimize the suffering and ordeals Egyptian Jews experienced starting in the 1940’s and lasting thru the 1970’s, the decades of their ethnic cleansing; less than a dozen Jews remain in Egypt. ... More

Egypt’s Foolish Lawsuit Against Israel Will Cost Them Many Shekels

The investor and builder of the King David Hotel was Ezra Mosseri. He was a very successful Egyptian Jew who founded a group called Palestine Hotels Ltd specifically in order to build the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.  The hotel, which was opened in 1929 ... Full Article

King David Hotel, JerusalemAn Egyptian government-owned bank has launched a five million shekel (around $1.3 million) lawsuit over its lost shares in Jerusalem's prestigious King David Hotel, which were bought before the establishment of the modern Jewish state in 1948.

Banque Misr, which has 500 branches in Egypt and around the world, filed its lawsuit via Israeli lawyers Ron Yeshayahu and Gil Makov at the Jerusalem District Court calling for the restoration of 1,000 stocks in the hotel, the Calcalist reported Monday.

King David Hotel, which is currently owned by Dan Hotels, is perhaps Israel's most famous hotel, and has hosted visiting presidents and prime ministers on numerous occasions. It was built by Jewish Egyptian businessmen in 1929, and as part of the initial investment Egypt's Zilka Bank purchased 1,000 shares.

Zilka Bank was merged with another bank in the 1960s when then-Egyptian President Jamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Nile state's banks, thereby created the current Banque Misr.

The Israeli government has yet to submit a defense against the lawsuit . . Full Article

Ahmed Zayat, owner of the winning horse American Pharoah, grew up in a wealthy suburb of Cairo, where his father was Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s doctor.

Ahmed Zayat’s Journey: Bankruptcy and Big Bets Before his name was on the lips of horse lovers, American Pharoah was known simply as Hip No. 85 and was drawing attention two summers ago for all the wrong reasons.  Full Article

American PharoahELMONT, New York - American Pharoah entered the pantheon of US thoroughbred racing's all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted Triple Crown in nearly four decades.

In winning his seventh straight race, American Pharoah becomes the 12th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and the first since Affirmed in 1978.

According to JTA, a win was a triumphant stand for Ahmed Zayat, an Orthodox Jew from Egypt who has become one of the biggest forces in horse racing but has mostly tasted bitter defeat in recent years ... Full Article

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Daniel Bivas shaking hands with general Mohamad Naguib president of Egypt

President Mohamad Naguib shaking hands with Daniel Bivas at La Bourse (stock exchange)Cairo, Egypt President Mohamad Naguib with Mr. Daniel Bivas at the La Bourse Cairo, Egypt President Naguib greeting Rabbi Nqahum Effendi in the Shaar Ha Shamayim Synagogue Cairo, Egypt In the photo at the synagogue Sha’ar Hashamayim a/k/a Ismaelia, Chief Rabbi of Egypt Rabbi Hayyim Nahoum Effendi and Mr. Daniel Bivas in his capacity of Vice-Presisdent or President of the Jewish community welcoming General Mohamad Naguib President of Egypt, on Yom Kippour at that synagogue. (© Photo presented by Mr. Albert Ibrahim Bivas Son of Daniel and Dora Bivas nee Khafif)    

Mr. Daniel Bivas shaking hands with president of Egypt, general Mohamad Naguib. Mr Daniel Bivas is welcoming President Mohamad Naguib at the "Bourse des Valeurs du Caire" © Albert Ibraim Bivas

President Mohamad Naguib with Chief Rabbi Nahum Effendi at Shaar Ha Shamayim synagogue a/k/a Ismaliya  © Picture provided by Mr. Albert Bivas

In the photo at the synagogue Sha’ar Hashamayim a/k/a Ismaelia, Chief Rabbi of Egypt Rabbi Hayyim Nahoum Effendi and Mr. Daniel Bivas in his capacity of Vice-Presisdent or President of the Jewish community welcoming General Mohamad Naguib President of Egypt, on Yom Kippour at that synagogue. (© Photo presented by Mr. Albert Ibrahim Bivas Son of Daniel and Dora Bivas nee Khafif)

Correspondence with Mrs. Magda Haroun

HSJE Congratulates Mrs. Haroun upon her nomination to the presidency of the Jewish community of Egypt. Magda Haroun

 We withheld publishing the letters pending a reply from her, but unfortunately none has been received as of Today. The letters are written in English, French, and Arabic

Egypt’s Jewish community head calls Zionism racism

“Zionism is a racist movement,” the new leader of Egypt’s Jewish community declared in a recent interview.

“The failure to draw a distinction between Judaism as a religion and the Israeli state is the result of ignorance,” Magda Haroun continued, according to the transcript of the interview published on the Egypt Independent news website.

The Egyptian Jewish Community Council in April unanimously chose Haroun as its new leader, after the passing of the community’s former head, Carmen Weinstein.

Interview with Levana Zamir President of of WCJE and IAJE حوار اليوم- مع ليفانا زمير

In this outtake from The Story of the Jews, Simon Schama speaks with Levana Zamir, President of the International Association of Jews from Egypt, about her family’s journey from Egypt to Israel.

“We were not Zionist. My parents were not Zionist at all… They came only for us, for our future, to be with Jews like us. It was their hope for a better future for us. For them, it wasn’t good. For them, if we were staying in France he, my father, would work and they could begin another new life, perhaps not like in Egypt but almost. Here, we came and we went to another refugee camp, the marbara. You know what the marbara is? The marbara is a refugee camp.”


فراس حامد يحاور ليفانا زمير، رئيسة الاتحاد العالمي ليهود مصر

Published on Apr 27, 2015
 حول التواصل بين اليهود في اسرائيل واقرانهم في مصر





Siddur Farhi

  Daily Prayers - Hebrew with Arabic Translation
Authored by Dr. Hillel Yaacob Farhi 
Edition: Fouth Edition of the 1917 Prayer Book

Siddur Farhi

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

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, ....

The Abyss

Bridging the Divide between Israel and the Arab World Hardcover – May 5, 2015
by Eli Avidar

The Abyss

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.

 My mother tongue is French, but I prefer to read in English. I have lived in Brazil since I was eight, but I speak Portuguese with an accent as incorrigible as it is undefined: it gives no clue to my origins as it is typical of no place. In Brazil, I studied at the English school, graduated as an Engineer at the University of Sao Paulo, chose the Brazilian nationality and obtained a Brazilian passport. Here I settled and created new roots. So this book of memoirs is a complex answer to that simple question.


(Orion, 2014, 408 pages).

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Les derniers juifs d'Alexandrie

29/09/1992 Année de production. Résumé Pendant plus d'un siècle, Alexandrie a été la plus européenne des villes du Moyen Orient, unissant langues, religions et cultures dans un commerce amoureux et financier.

En 1956, la nationalisation nassériste entraine la fuite de différentes communautés et en particulier celle des juifs, groupe ethnique installé en Égypte depuis Alexandre Le Grand. Le reportage d'Antoine Mora donne la parole aux derniers survivants de ce cosmopolitisme, représentés par Joe, dernier commerçant juif de la ville, qui tient une mercerie. En français, il parle de sa vie quotidienne, de son amour pour sa ville, du passé, réunit quelques derniers coreligionnaires dans la synagogue pour célébrer shabbat ...


Interview with Levana Zamir President of of WCJE

 حوار اليوم- مع ليفانا زمير

Published on Apr 27, 2015
فراس حامد يحاور ليفانا زمير، رئيسة الاتحاد العالمي ليهود مصر حول التواصل بين اليهود في اسرائيل واقرانهم في مصر

Egypt Is on a Quest for Normalcy.pdf

David Sultan is a native of Cairo. He joined Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1964
and served there for some forty years. Among his various posts, Ambassador Sultan headedthe Middle East and Peace Process Department (1989–1992). Abroad, he served as consul general in Milan and as ambassador to Egypt (1992–1996), Canada (1996–2000), and Turkey (2001–2003) respectively. Ambassador Sultan is the author of Between Cairo and Jerusalem: The Normalization between Arab States and Israel—The Egyptian Case.

Levana Zamir Speech to the United Nations - 21.11.13

A Lista de Nasser from Alain Bigio on Vimeo.

Family search


- Brazilian immigration cards given to Jews from Egypt in the 1950s.   A Lista de Nasser from Alain Bigio on Vimeo. Brazilian immigration cards given to Jews from Egypt in the 1950s. Extracted from the site:  

"My life in Abuzaabal and Tora" introduced by Elie A. Kheder


Growing Up Under Pharoah


Rabbi OvadiaYosef

Tribute to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Visit to the Ahaba ve Ahva Synagogue in pictures 1975

First Egyptian Righteous Among the Nations honored


The Forgotten Refugees

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Egyptians in the Shadow

A 3 part documentary of the Second Exodus filmed in Egypt by an Egyptian.

An excellent 3 parts clip video from Egyptians view points. Series narrated in Egyptian Arabic, a perspective from an Egyptian. Please note that many of the still photographs come from the Historical Society of Jews From Egypt (HSJE) website. unfortunately no credits were issued by the reporter

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