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Locked away: Egypt’s forgotten Jewish literary heritage

Helmy al-Namnam, Minister of Culture

Current Egyptian Minister of Culture Helmy al-Namnam:

 "There is nothing called ‘Jewish books in Egypt,’ the books scientifically should be classified as Arabic, Persian, Turkish, etc.”.

<p>Some of the shelved books date back to 17th and 18th centuries, while Inside a library of a synagogue in downtown Cairo, hundreds of Judaic books dating from the medieval ages to 20th century are shelved, unread and un-indexed.

Despite a center dedicated to their preservation, government ministries have stalled, eschewing responsibility for what would be an expensive project to review and record the manuscripts digitally ... Full article


Responding to Haroun’s concerns about pressures on her by Israel and Jewish organizations, al-Namnam said “the books are Egyptian and no country has right to call for them.”

He also dismissed the idea of Israel could offer financial support for restoration, saying “at the end Israel will not ask and we will not accept.”

The books for now remain shuttered in their cases in the forgotten synagogue tucked into Cairo’s bustling downtown.

Correspondence with Mrs. Magda Haroun

Magda Haroun

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

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

Zonism 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.

Growing Up Under Pharoah   النَشْأة فى ظِلّ فرعون


Heritage Center Jews of Egypt - Israel


והגדת לבינך - יציאת מצריים השניה

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

An Interview

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.


The Movie The Pomegranate of Reconciliation

November 30 has been declared a National Day for the "Commemoration of the Uprooting of Jewish Communities from  Arab countries."

“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

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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)

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.


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


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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

El Nabi Daniel Synagogue Alexandria, Egypt presentation
Les Juifs chez les Arabs-3 parts series
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Egyptian Delegation to the League of Nations


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