The Jewish community in Alexandria no longer runs its own affairs, a Jewish visitor discovered on a visit to Egypt in March.
Point of No Return has learnt that the Muslim former doorman of the Nebi Daniel synagogue has taken over the leadership of the community from Yousef Gaon. Abdel Nabi collects the community’s rents, has a new car and is living well.
A visitor from England went to the Nebi Daniel synagogue in order to ask for the death certificate of a relative. Abdel Nabi intruded into the visitor’s conversation with Gaon and asked to see proof of his relationship with his relative.
The visitor then showed him his family’s successoral document.
– Ah ! Abdel Nabi said without even reading the document, this is a copy, I need the original.
Gaon later offered this explanation: “Ah!” the erstwhile leader said, “I am nothing now in this office. Abdel Nabi is the government’s eyes and ears. He directs everything and I can’t say anything. I have resigned but the powers that be don’t accept my resignation.I’m sorry, I cannot help you.”
Yousef Gaon, a Jewish convert to Islam, had himself caused controversy when he became head of the community. The Nebi Daniel synagogue is the flagship of the Jewish community of Egypt. The affairs of the Jewish community in Cairo are managed by Mrs Carmen Weinstein, who is in her eighties.
The Alexandria community: 20 women and three men
Crossposted at Elder of Ziyon