Ex-Israel envoy reveals forgotten Jewish surnames in Alexandria, Egypt

2021-06-21 06:53:29

The previous Israeli ambassador to Jordan Jacob Rosen revealed probably the most exhaustive English language checklist of misplaced Jewish surnames from the Egyptian metropolis of Alexandria.

In an interview about his new examine with The Jerusalem Publish, Rosen mentioned that “Alexandria is sort of effectively documented”  due to sourcing developed by former members of the group, in addition to documentary information.

Rosen first revealed the checklist of surnames on the web site Avotaynu On-line, which conducts “analysis into the origins and migrations of the Jewish individuals.”

The previous ambassador, who’s fluent in Arabic, wrote that “the group in Alexandria grew from only some thousand souls on the finish of the nineteenth century to a vibrant group of roughly 40,000 members by the point it peaked in 1948.”

Rosen talked about among the extra well-known Alexandrian-born Jews, starting from Haim Saban, the Israeli-American businessman, to the literary professor and novelist André Aciman to the songwriter Georges Moustaki (born Giuseppe Mustacch).

One key supply for Rosen, he mentioned, was the “ledger of circumcisions” that contained over 3,000 names. In response to Rosen’s article, the register of the Mohel , Maatuk Dabby, ”particulars the identify of the daddy, the maiden identify of the mom and the identify of her father. Though he was not the one Mohel within the metropolis, he left behind him a mine of important information.”

Rosen mentioned that “social media brings them [surnames] to the fore.” Rosen wrote that “There are a number of energetic FB [Facebook] teams of Egyptian Jews all around the world the place the language of communication is English, Hebrew, French, Portuguese (the diaspora in Sao Paolo, Brazil) and Arabic.”

He cites extra sources, together with three Egyptian enterprise and occupation directories from 1913, 1925 and 1941. The 4  Egyptian Jewish weeklies which had been revealed in French (La Tribune Juive, La Voix Juive, and L’Aurore), served Rosen’s genealogical work.

Rosen wrote about his analysis that his “sources yielded up to now 1,618 surnames. That is in no way an entire checklist and extra can be added or deleted after remarks, corrections and additions can be acquired from the general public at massive.”He added that “Most of the surnames have a couple of spelling so looking for a sure surname could require nearer scrutiny.”

Rosen’s index incorporates a wealthy number of surnames. A pattern reveals surnames similar to: Abadi, Abbo, Abner, Abou Chouch, Abramovitch , Ben-Dahan, Benbassat, Elalouf, Eisenberg, Gallico, Habbaz, Habib, Khayat , Kahn, Leghrabli , Lessing, Malki, Nacamuli, Nadler, Ottolenghi , Papolla , Rahmani, Rabin, Saada, Sabbah, Tawil, Tazartes, Vitali, Wahabe, Wannounou , Yaccar  , Yanni, Zaccar , and Zimmerman. 

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