Next Meeting in Jerusalem Branch of the Israel Genealogical Society #general

Mathilde Tagger <tagger@...>

Hello everyone,
Here are the details of the March meeting of the Jerusalem Branch of the Israel
Genealogical Society (Hebrew Section) in cooperation with the IGS Sephardim SIG.

Date: Wednesday March 16, 2005
Time: 6:00 P.M. Library open
7:15 " Announcements and a very short presentation a new book
7:30 " Hebrew Section Main Program

Place: Beit Frankfurter, 80 Derekh Beit Lehem, Bak'a, Jerusalem

Topic: The Jews of Fez (Morocco) and the Role of the HA-SARFATY Rabbinical

Lecturer: Dr. Vidal Serfaty, Lecturer at the Tel Aviv University

Dr. Serfaty will trace the history of the very old Jewish community of Fez that
for long decades was the capital of Morocco.

The community of Fez absorbed numerous exiles >from Spain after the Expulsion in
1492. The first members of the HaTzarfati family members who settled in Fez were
among the rabbinical dynasties like the Danan or Ibn Danan, the Monsonego, the
Serrero, the Mansano and others, who chose Fez may be because the city got the
reputation of being a rabbinical center since the stay of HaRambam there.

Dr. Serfaty, a direct descendent of one of last Chief Rabbis in Fez, made a
tremendous family research, especially using rabbinical works. He will take us
back to Morocco but also to Spain and France.

For more details, please contact me at:
Mathilde Tagger
Jerusalem Branch
Israel Genealogical Society

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