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Katharine Halls Email

City Cairo

State Cairo

Country Egypt

Dear all,

I am a student at the American University in Cairo and I am writing my thesis about the events of 1967 in Egypt. I understand that on the first day of the war, Jewish men were arrested and taken to prison, and only released when they agreed to give up their Egyptian citizenship.

I am interested in speaking to anyone who has any memories of this event, which deserves to be documented and remembered. Please contact me by email at katie_halls@hotmail.com if you would be willing to speak to me.

Best wishes to all,

Michel G. Rabbat 

City Holiday

State Florida

Country USA

I am looking for friends from school: St George's College , Heliopolis , Cairo, Egypt : Joseph and Albert Setton...Elie Cohen Mizrahi...Joseph Bianco

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joseph sabet Email

City montville

State NJ

Country USA


Danielle Souery Email

City Melbourne

State Victoria

Country Melbourne

My name is Danielle Souery.
I have numerous recollections,( like a ghost )of the many times my father Maurice Souery, spoke of how he fled Cairo Egypt as a young boy, his head covered, he was a red head, jewish, with his mother, Sarah Shalem Souery.
My paternal Grandmother Sarah was a seamstress of Haute Couture, in Egypt and in Australia.
My father has very bad memories of the event. When I was my sons age, approx 7 years, he would speak of seeing people thrown out of windows being stabbed and murdered.His father Clement, was waiting for them at the boat out of Egypt. For years I had wanted to know more of my Middle Eastern Heritage, which my father did not embrace.
Maurice, my father said he did not speak arabic, however my mother an Ashkenazi Jewess said she did not believe it.The denial was because he didnt want to identify with Egypt, due to his circumstance.
His father Clement Souery, brother Edward Souery and Nick Souery, opened the first Sepharadi Synagogue in Melbourne Victoria Australia. I feel extremely sad for my father, his father who had his 1st heart attack before leaving Egypt, a bank manager who was offered a new and better position than his previous one and took it, before the revolution and having to flee with his family and told all  his assets were frozen, they could take nothing out of the country.
My father was educated in France, and as most Europeans in Egypt, and other colonies, spoke numerous languages including French, which they- all his family and still speaks
My father Maurice Souery is now approx mid to late 70's and not in perfect health
I had not met his father, my Grandfather Clement Souery, who rowed daily along The Nile, before he went to work, in Egypt. Clement died in Caulfield Hospital  of a 2nd, heart attack in my fathers arms after fleeing Egypt in Melbourne Australia. If anyone has information please let me know of history. Many Thanks for Website. Danielle Souery

Elizabeth Cohen Email

City South Jordan

State UT

Country USA

Hi! I'm Ellie, I came across this website while researching my family history.  My great-great grandparents and their children were born in Alexandria and I have been having the hardest time finding more information about their family tree, especially with my great great grandmother's last name, Banoun, which seems to be really uncommon.  If anyone has any information please email me!

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Isaac Mosseri Email

City Ein Hahoresh

State Israel

Country Israel

I was born in 1939 at Alexandria and make Aliah to Israel via Italy at 1949. From that time i am living in Israel in a Kibutz.
I make a family tree but it missed my father ancestors.
I look for a relatives of my father Marco or Marc Mosseri that lived in Alexandria until our Aliah at 1949. ilook for my grandfather and grandmother of my father side, don't know their names, born date and other informations. may be we have relatives in the Mosseri Cairo branch.
please i would apreciate any help or informations.

Susannah Lewis 

City Cercedilla

State Madrid

Country Spain

I am currently trying to research my great-grandmother ESTHER MENASCE in order to find out if there is any way I can authenticate her sephardic background. Her daughter, my grandmother, Renée Chamay was born in Alexandria in 1907 and I have a document signed by Prof. Raphael della Pergola in 1912, who was the GRAND RABBIN at the time, to certify the register of her birth (and naming her mother, my great-grandmother) within the Communauté Israelite á Alexandrie. I would be very grateful indeed for any advice and would happily make a donation to the historical society that can help me authenticate Esther's membership of the Sephardic Community and also Rabbi della Pergola's status.

Robert Khalifa Email

City Montreal

State Quebec

Country Canada

I accidentally came across some pictures of the Vitali Madjar synagogue in Heliopolis. I felt like someone gave me an electric shock when I saw those pictures. I felt both happy and sad at the same time. We were living in the house located at the back of the court yard between the synagogue and the school [Abraham Btesh or Abram Btesh]. I went to that school for my elementary schooling until October 1956 and in March 1959, I had my Bar Mitzvah at that synagogue. We left Egypt in August 1963 and I always dream of our time there. I make it a point to describe life there and talk about these days to my daughter and grand children.

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victor moustaki 

City fort lauderdale

State fl

Country usa

Expelled from Egypt with my family in 1956.  On the first ship of refugees out of Alexandria.  Arrived in Venice and then to Paris, all without a home or work permit.  Finally to the US in 1960 - home.

Isaac Zafrani  Email

City Brooklyn

State NY

Country USA

My father was born in Cairo, my great grandfather with his children and grandchildren left Egypt to Israel, his name was Joseph Zafrani. He was very famous for being extremely wealthy and having two wives which from one he had 10 children and the other 9. They arrived to Israel with 70 siblings, the prime minister then Ben gurion came to great them and all the media, I have rare pictures of those moments. They all received apartments in Ramat Gan. Some stayed in Israel some came to NY. B"H in both countries we have seen success both spiritually and financially. Blessed is our ה' that always watches over us. הנה לא ינום ולא ישן שומר ישראל. Currently we pray in the famous Egyptian synagogue Ahaba V'ahva in Brooklyn NY.


City São Paulo

State SP

Country Brazil

I´ll write in french !

J´aimerai connaitre des personnes venues d´Egypte et qui habitent à S.Paulo ! C´est drôle, pour les egyptiens
qui frequentent le fameux club de luxe A Hebraica, chacun se sent superieur à l´autre ! Par ex. ceux qui habitaient à Haret el Yahoud, ici, ils sont devenus des Messieurs !!
Comme j´habitai le Caire, tout juste à côté du temple
Ismaiilia, Shaar al Shamaim ! c´etait beaucoup mieux! 
Je suis ici depuis Novembre 1957.


Netanel Cicurel 

City New York

State New York

Country USA


Hi. I am jew.


Me too, thanks.


City Cairo

State N/A

Country Egypt

Hello, like the idea of a website for perserving Egyptian jewish heritage. And I hope one day they may return to their home country Egypt.

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Charles Gattegno 

City North Bondi

State New South Wales

Country Australia

Seeking information on the Births deaths and marriages of Jews in Alexandria and Cairo

Dahlia Krouk  Email

City Portland

State ME

Country USA

Lived in Alexandria till 1949 and was seven. Would like to read more personal stories. Am writing a memoir for my grandchildren and need more information. Would like to find the friends I knew in Alexandria.

pete gomori 

City brooklyn

State ny

Country 11218

Just finished the book: City of the Sun by Julian Maio published by Greenleaf Books, 2014 and was inspired.

I would like to know more about the rich history of the Jewish people of Egypt.

greg Email

City new york

State ny

Country usa

hello, nice site my email is gbreezy820@gmail.com

Kathleen Cullen Todora Email

City Sun City

State Arizona

Country USA

My maternal family surnames are listed along with many others to the Gormenzano descendants.....including Cullen, Elliott, Davis, Case and Cox.   My daughter and I are returning Sephardic Jews and wish to know more about our heritage.
Thank you, Kathleen

Marcia Levy 

City Larchmont

State NY

Country Westchester

My late husband, Alain Levy, of blessed memory, was born and grew up until age 16 in Alexandria.
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