Middle East Mediterranean Basin Project

Aim of this Project

The aim of this project is to add to the All Israel Database (AID) Collection materials of genealogical interest for North African Jewish communities, and the Jewish communities in countries of the Middle East such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and others. The project will be mainly based on materials in archives in Israel such as the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP), the Central Zionist Archives (CZA), the Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities of Jerusalem (part of the Jerusalem Municipal Archives), the National Library of Israel, the Historical Archive of Rehovot, Yad Ben-Zvi, the Montefiore Endowment in London, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and a database of Britot in Allepo donated by Sarina Roffe.

Projects dealing with these communities Sephardic and Mizrachi genealogy in Eretz Israel already in the IGRA AID collection

  • Montefiore Censuses Index 1839. 1840, 1849, 1855. 1866, 1875
  • Britot in Allepo, Syria 1868-1945
  • Nufus Jerusalem 1890
  • Nufus of Baghdad 1892 of the males paid a tax because they didn’t serve in the army – from the National Library of Israel
  • Nufus Jerusalem 1910 of the Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities of Jerusalem
  • Marriages in Saloniki  Index 1900-1918
  • Yemenites in Rehovot 1914
  • Goods – Customs agreement between Palestine (Eretz Israel) and Syria 1929
  • Alliance Students in Morocco (A portion done by Mathilde Tagger before her death).
  • Immigrants to Palestine via North Africa 1945 (together with the JDC)
  • On Eagles’ Wings 1949-1950 (together with the JDC)
  • Tombstones of the Jewish Cemetery of Salonica Index
  • Information on people who immigrated from the countries around Palestine (Eretz Israel) through 1948

Projects for the Future

  • Alliance Students in Morocco (a work in progress).
  • Alliance Students in Tunisia
  • Alliance Students in Iran

Volunteering for Transcription

To make these documents available, IGRA needs your help! Most of the projects will be transcribed with the use of the website of Crowd Sourced Indexing. An explanation can be found here. If you are interested in transcribing please contact us.