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Réna Shémés, spouse of Habib Shémés

Réna Shémés, spouse of Habib Shémés

Réna Shémés, spouse of Habib Shémés. Her ladino first name ‘Rena’, says she is a descendant of an ancient Sephardic family in Egypt. Her head is covered by decency as well as by coquetry, with an Egyptian ‘Mandil be-Oya’, which is a fine colored silk kerchief, crocheted all around its border with a fine and […]

Rab Haim Capussi Synagogue

Rab Haim Capussi Synagogue

Rab Haim Capussi Synagogue, at the Jewish quarter of Cairo, built after Haim Capussi death in 1631. Rab Haim Capussi was a most venerated Kabalist, renowned for his miracles. Student of the Egyptian Kabalist Ibn Fodeila, and disciple of Rabbi Itzhak Luria from Safed. Since 1987, the Synagogue is registered as a Jewish Egyptian Antiquity. […]

Rabbi Aaron Angel

Rabbi Aaron Angel

Rabbi Aaron Angel, Vice Chief-Rabbi of Alexandria (on the right), and Salomon Khadour, Director General of Cicurel-Alexandria in the 1950s (on the left), at a ‘Brit Mila’ (circumcision). (From the book “The Golden Era of the Jews of Egypt” by Levana Zamir)

Habib Shémés

Habib Shémés

Habib Shémés, a wealthy autochthonous Egyptian Jew from Haret el-Yahud at the end of the 19th century. Shémés family is renowned as living in Egypt from the beginning of the 1st century, if not before. Shémés is mentioned by Greek Alchemists in Alexandria in the 4th century, as a Jewish Prophet and the mythological founder […]

Egyptian Passport issued in August 1950 in Cairo

Egyptian Passport issued in August 1950 in Cairo

Egyptian Passport issued in August 1950 in Cairo, to Ezra Behor Youssef Belboul. (From the book “The Golden Era of the Jews of Egypt” by Levana Zamir)

All boys classroom of the Jewish Cattaoui School

All boys classroom of the Jewish Cattaoui School

All boys classroom of the Jewish Cattaoui School, Cairo – 1937. (David and Joseph Vidal private collection)

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