Records from the Nablus/Shkhem Jewish institutions 1850–1890 #records


I hope you are safe and well.

I am writing to ask for indications that may lead to the records of the 1800s Jewish institutions in Shechem. If these records exist, would you know if/how they may be accessible?

I am looking for records that may mention my family members (especially birth records bar/bat mitzvah's, etc.). I am looking to find documents from my family members, specifically, my great-great grandmother who came from Schechem to Colombia. I am looking for vital records that mention her. I can provide more information if this is helpful. I believe that her family may have now settled in Acre, Tiberias, and/or Safed.

My hypothesis is that my great-great grandmother is the daughter of Salah Azari, see ID 3979 and ID 3881 in the Montefiore Censuses. I want to prove or disprove this (but most, importantly, to find sources that mention my great-great grandmother):

Please see the institutions I am looking for in the Montefiore Censuses link below, which can give you a clue of what I need:


I would be most grateful, in case you know who could help me with my enquiry.

Thank you for your time.

Manuel Macía



The Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem have many collections and documents regarding various Jewish settlements and communities in 1800s and early 1900s Palestine. That might be a good place to start.

Good luck,

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ, USA (originally from Israel)

Researching: Israelit (Novogrudok, Belarus and Riga area in Latvia), Rabinowitz (Dyatlovo, Belarus), Pruss (Ukraine/Israel) and Koifman (Ukraine)