The last issue (# 84) of our Revue is off the press. Here is the Summary, for your
pleasure and consideration.
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Jean-Pierre Kleitz has found the documents preparing the 1784 Census of
the (Alsatian) Jews deposited at the Haut-Rhin archives. They contain
richer information than the published final census, family names, birth
dates and places of the family members/,/ titles and trades, estimated
assets, links and rights between the individual and the sire (taxes,
etc.). Few documents of this type have survived. We have already
published those for Rosheim, Odratzheim and seven villages of the
Hanau-Lichtenberg County (all in Bas-Rhin).
The Memoirs of Jules HAYEM (1856-1947) recall the life of his family in
Metz, Longeville, Vallieres, etc. starting at the beginning of the 19^th
century. They are based on accurate memories of the religious
celebrations and the interface between Israelites and Christians. While
the full text is restricted to his family, an abridged version has been
written by Philippe LEVET, his recently deceased great-grandson. This
document provides an insight into the private and social life of several
families in Lorraine villages.
Didier Amar has been collecting for a long time data about the Allatini,
Amar and related families. Here he brings unpublished complements to the
article by Pascal Faustini published in our issue 82.
Claude Sabin Nadjari tells the history of the Or-Ahaim hospital in
Istanbul. During the 19th century, it became a significant foundation,
through the perseverance of several Jewish benefactors as well as of the
local powers. This well-documented article gives the names and for some,
a picture, of the many individuals who contributed to the success of
In "The tools of Cay Vidal, a /mohel/ in Nimes" Eliane Roos-Schuhl
sketches the life of one member of the Vidal family >from Carpentras, one
of the four "/carrieres/" (ghettos) where the Jews were permitted to
live in the Comtat Venaissin. The author shows the circumciser's
operating kit and deciphers the inscriptions on each tool, while
stressing certain ambiguous terms leading to different interpretations.
Georges Graner, in ">from the webmaster", introduces the revamped
website, with a new homepage, unpublished pages about "Jewish surnames",
"Research in Alsace" and "The deportees", and how to use "Q & R" as well
as the "Member's corner".
Bernard Lyon-Caen reports about the visit of the Alsace SIG to "/Jardins
Kahn/". He also reports his discovering in a 1989 bulletin of the
Reichshoffen Historical Society a list of town citizens in 1793 >from
which he cites those whose name is followed by "/Jud/" (Jew).
Ernest Kallmann Paris