The last Jewess of Cairo

Azza Khattab writes a feature in the May issue of Egypt today about the last Jewish resident of the Cairo Hara. The Jewish Quarter, tellingly, has been renamed the Muslim Quarter since the departure of the Jews.

Searching for Mary in Haret El-Yahud (Jewish Alley), near the Khan El-Khalili’s Al-Moski district, is like looking for a needle in a haystack. All we wanted was to put a face to Mary, a woman often heard of, but rarely seen.

Mary is said to be the last Jewish resident of the Hara, one of Cairo’s most famous neighborhoods and once a center of the capital’s thriving Jewish community, which numbered as many as 70,000 early in the last century, accounting for the majority of what most scholars agree were 100,000 Egyptian Jews in 1948, the year Israel was founded. Read article in full

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