BASSATINE NEWS  the ONLY Jewish newsletter reporting directly from Egypt
A Community Chronicle put out by the Jewish Community Council (JCC) of Cairo since 1995




Date April 16, 2013, 05:24 pm
Name Ruth nee Goldstein
last address in Egypt Heliopolis
present address Los Angeles

Left in 1952 and my parents left in 1957. Like others, we are scattered to various countries: UK, France/Israel, and USA. Went to Le Lycee Francais de Heliopolis. We were members of Heliopolis Sporting Club. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Date April 15, 2013, 08:09 pm
Name Peter L Rothholz
last address in Egypt Heliopolis
present address 315 Montana Ave.#406, Santa Monica,CA 90403 USA

Together with my wife, Barbara, I was posted in Cairo from February-April 1999 as an IESC(USAID) volunteer executive assigned to South Sinai Travel.
The highlight of our stay was a seder at the residence of the Israel Ambassador where wwe met Mrs Carmen Weinstein and other members of the Jewish community. The following day, we joined them for lunch at the Adly Street Synagogue. Experiences we shall never forget!
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs Weinstein and to the Jewish community of Cairo on the passing of a wonderful, brave woman. She will be missed not only in Egypt but throughout the world. May her memory be for a blessing.

Date April 15, 2013, 01:00 pm
Name raymond levy
last address in Egypt 11Sh Abul Feda,Cairo
present address 4 Hillsleigh Road London W87LE,UK

Allah Yerhamek Ya Carmen

Date April 13, 2013, 10:27 pm Name Karim Nagi
last address in Egypt Haram ST
present address EGYPT
relation between god and me , is not important for any one only me and i have to treat every one on his behavior not anything else.i am trying to read any document about the jews in egypt and to collect info about an important part from the egyptian history.really after some years from studying the jews in egypt i can say that we lost good people who really loved this country and who really affect in the historical and economical and artistic life in egypt during the last decades
Date April 6, 2013, 12:43 pm
Name Serge Kay (Kasarnovsky)
last address in Egypt Malika Nazli Street, Cairo
present address Bal Harbour, Florida

I recently came across this site which took me back to my childhood. I was born in Cairo Jan 31, 1943. My father was a Russian (Charles) whose father and siblings escaped the Bolsheviks and settled in Cairo in the late 1920's. My mother (Vicky Hara) was born in Tanta. Her brothers lived in Alexandria. I first went to College de la Sainte Famille and later to English Mission College. We were expelled from Egypt in 1952 and lived in Paris for a year. From there we immigrated to Montreal where I lived my life. Three years ago a few months prior to the "Revolution", my wife Claudine ( also born in Egypt) raised in Israel, and I visited Cairo and Alexandria each for a day as we were on a cruise ship. It was my first time back since 1952 and it brought tears to my eyes. Anyone who may have known my parents, please contact me.

Date December 23, 2012, 10:42 pm
Name Cleolette Rosenberg
last address in Egypt Cleopatra, Alexandrie
present address 249 E 48th st, 6D, New York,

J'essaie de retrouver des ami de ma jeunesse a Alexandrie

Date December 19, 2012, 09:16 pm
Name Elie Cohen
last address in Egypt Rue toursina Daher and Sakakini Abbassieh Cairo

present address Newport RI USA
Attended Moise Cattaoui Pacha School Daher 1937-1947.Looking for Azoulai,Tantawi, Kodsi, Michaali, Peron, Choueka and others.

Date December 7, 2012, 12:38 am
Name Moussia (Marylene) Schenouda/Farley
last address in Egypt 14 sharia comboni Zamalek Cairo
present address Montreal (Kirkland) CANADA

I wrote in 2011 searching for Racheline Israel, I found her but I have given a wrong e.mail address can you please correct it...I will be glad to get back on track and reunited with my old friends and neighbours from zamalek cairo egypt...Looking for Sally Chammas who left in 1956 to Sao Paulo, Nessia Mitchnick, David Mitchnik. Claudine 7 Guy Leoble. from camboni street........

Date October 16, 2012, 09:58 am
Name Dolus Baxter

It is wonderful to view all the warm memories that this site has generated amongst the Egyptian populace

Date September 23, 2012, 12:07 pm
Name viviane Sicouri Farhi
last address in Egypt 306 rue Port Said Alexandria

present address Paris France
Shana Tova Mrs Weinstein and thank you for what you do to preserve our identity.

Date September 21, 2012, 04:11 pm
Email HR64365@GMAIL.COM
present address HAIFA,ISRAEL


Date September 21, 2012, 01:44 pm
Name vivianne Delia Ghelman
last address in Egypt heliopolis
present address Caracas,Venezuela

I was delighted to discover this page and actually read a note from writer Lucette Lagnado! I was born in Cairo Jan 6, 1949 and emigrated to Venezuela via Italy in 1958. I was astonished to find out there is still a community in Cairo. Shana tovah to all

Date September 21, 2012, 12:50 pm
Name Norm Kaswell
present address 39 Loring Drive, Framingham, MA 01702

So interested to read more about your synagogue and families. So glad one of my true friends sent this link to me. Happy and Healthy New Year to all.

Date September 4, 2012, 10:33 am
Name Viviane shammas souss
last address in Egypt Zamalek cairo
present address Sao paulo brasil

shaba tovah imetuka
Happy to find
So many memorirs

Date August 28, 2012, 08:44 pm
Name Victor Argy
last address in Egypt 15 Rue Memphis, Camp de César, Alexandrie
present address Paris - France

Despite old age, 72 already this year, memories are still alive. Ecole Jabes, Lycée Francais d'Alexandrie... old friends, where are you today ? love to you wherever you may be.

Date July 15, 2012, 08:54 pm
Name Sue
last address in Egypt 41 Rue Aly El Leisse, Alexandria
present address United Kingdom

Does anyone recollect any of my extended family called Shama who lived at 41 Rue Aly El Leisse, Alexandria during the 1940s. There was Ida, Ginette and her baby son, Reginald Isaac who was born at International Maternity Hospital, Alexandria on 16th December 1946.
I would love to hear from anyone who knew them.
Kindest regards Sue

Date July 2, 2012, 11:51 am
Name Adel Makkar

Would relish the chance to connect WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING FRINEDS

Date June 8, 2012, 04:54 pm
last address in Egypt 4 Rue Amir Helmi Zamaleck
present address Petropolis

I wish to find old friends of the Tewfick Tennis Club. I left Egypt end lof 1957. I am now living in Brazil. Would like also to find friends from school. I studied at Alvernia English Convent School. up to 1950, the whent to The Franciscaine in Mazpero street up to 1956. Hope I can still find someone still alive.

Date March 8, 2012, 08:07 am
Name erik braha
last address in Egypt cairo
present address kfar saba isreal

my name is erik (leon) braha, my parents were born in cairo . my mother name is victoria braha ( born wahba 1922), my father name was albert braha born 1916. any help in having info about my family will be great

Name: Eastman, Richard
Last adress in Egypt: 19 Adly St. (ex Adly Pasha)

Present address, 219 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach, CA (suburb of Los Angeles).
email address: (

Comments: Coming across the Bassatine Newsletter was very exciting. My mother Rachel, sister Doris and I came to Cairo in 1936, after the death of my father Leon in Wisconsin. We lived not far from the synagogue on Adly Street. We lived in Egypt to be near our father's family, the Mizrahis and my mother's, the Banouns. We returned to the USA in 1945 when sea travel was relatively safe from U-boats. I am searching for fellow-students Valentin and Svetlana Kassessinoff, who left Egypt and moved to England around that time. Svetlana studied ballet at the Legat School in Tunbridge Wells. I am also looking for cousins Marc, Raymonde and Mireille Banoun, who emigrated to Israel from Cairo with their parents Nathan and Marguerite in the late 50's or early 60's. If anyone knows the whereabouts of either these family members or friends, I would be very grateful to hear from them.
Thank you.

Date: February 28, 2012, 04:26 pm
Name: Bernard Perlman
Email: bperlman@
last address in Egypt: Heliopolis
present address: Italy

My Name is Bernard Perlman born in Egypt on 06/07/1949 , my father was Henry Perlman. My mother Nelly Vella. Parents' passed away when was a Kid and could not trace any info. The few note that I remember are - that as my father was born in Alexandria, my Grand Pa Name Bernard Perlman was a Rabbi in Alex he was married with Makala Greenberg, an Uncle was David Perlman who left to USA. Please help me to collect as much as possible about my ancestry... any doc. pics ... any details or note available will be very much appreciated Many thanks in advance for your kind help.
B.Perlman Italy

Date: February 24, 2012, 06:32 pm
Name: Emma Murphy
last address in Egypt: Al-Shabat, Cairo
present address: Shal-Al_Aqrea, Cairo

Love the site.

Date: January 26, 2012, 11:32 pm
Name: Karen Skinazi
present address: Princeton, NJ

It is fascinating to read all these snippets of lives in the Levant. My father, Isaac, was born in Cairo in 1935. He has two sisters, Clara and Esther. His parents were Nessim and Fortunée Skinazi--all quite popular
Names for Egyptian Jews, as far as I can tell. My grandparents were married at Temple Hanan (Daher) in 1929. I know little else, though I visited my father's area when I went to Egypt in 1995. I have read Lucette Lagnado's first memoir, and I am reading André Aciman's at present. Any other recommendations for reading about this time/place would be welcomed! Best, Karen

Date: November 22, 2011, 05:32 pm
Name: adel safe
last address in Egypt: Talaat Harb street (Sulaiman Pasha) cairo
present address: saudi arabia

It is not shame to me that my family was egyptian jewish , I spent few yaers studying in "Goutte de lait" Jewish school in Suliman Pasha street in cairo.

Date: November 13, 2011, 06:51 am
Name: youssef amin
last address in Egypt: 4 king faisal blvd, pyramids Cairo
present address: P O Box 6906 Beverly Hills CA 90212

I pray that within my lifetime I will see Egypt restored with its Jewish population. They should have never left. Love must be the way of life between all religions. that is how I was raised.

Date: November 12, 2011, 10:12 pm
Name: Sue Rounsley
present address: uk

Searching for information concerning Ginette Shama (born 22 Oct 1917 at Alexandria) who married Frederick Charles Rounsley at St. Mark's Church in 1944. Ginette gave birth to a son, Reginald Isaac Rounsley in 1946. Any information would be so much appreciated. Kind regards from Sue

Date: July 8, 2011, 04:03 am
Name: Jacqueline GREENBERG (NEE COSTI)
last address in Egypt: Rue Soliman Pasha
present address: Hollywood - Florida

Attended les religieuses franciscaines school and would like to get in touch with anyone who went to this school (rue Kasr El Nil) and graduated in 1957-1958

Date: May 8, 2011, 09:07 am
Name: Isaac Rosenbloom
last address in Egypt: 11 Rue Doubreh, Cairo
present address: Leon Blum Street No. 28 Flat No. 15 ~ Haifa ~ Israel

Je cherche à contacter des camarades, garçons et filles qui on quitté l'Egypte en 1949 pour la France en direction d'Israel. Voici quelques points de repère:
-Groupe de jeunes: Hehaloutz anciens, Maccabi,le Caire, Alexandrie.
-Depart d'Alexandrie Novembre 1949
-Séjour Villa Gaby Marseiiles, Draguignan (?)
-Aliya Kibboutz Afikim (1950)
Isaac Rosenbloom
Impatient de renouveller contact

Date: January 24, 2011, 05:18 pm
Name: Jan Cohen
present address: New York

Visiting Cairo this Passover. Please advise of any info regarding a seder. Todah Rabah

Date: December 21, 2010, 11:46 am
Name: Jonathan Katz
last address in Egypt: Hotel Semiramis
present address: South Africa

I visited Ben Ezra synagogue and was very emotional to be in this very old synagogue. It is hard to believe that there was once a strong jewish presence in Cairo. I also tried to visit Shar Hashamayim in Addly street but was unable because the police wanted to see my passport which was at the hotel. I am proud of the work done by the remaining Jewish brothers in Egypt to restore the glory of the faith. Baruch Hashem le'kullam.

Date: October 14, 2010, 08:03 pm
Name: Henriette Hakim
last address in Egypt: 20 rue d'Alexandrie Heliopolis
present address: Ramat-Hacharon Israel

j'etais au lycee Franco-Egyptien de 1939 a 1951 recherche: Arlette Dana, Therese Wiett autres copines qui etaient chez les Eclaireuses au camp d'Heliopolis. Amities.

Date: October 2, 2010, 08:25 pm
Name: Bruce Carmona

I am the grandson of Guido Carmona,the architect in egypt. My father was Jean Pierre A Carmona. I just wanted to say that I liked your site and have learned more about family history. My grand mothers sister (Emma Argi) was Denice Argi.

Date: May 27, 2010, 10:10 pm
Name: Victor Snitkovsky
last address in Egypt: Hotel Horizon, Kairo
present address: Boston, MA USA

My wife and me were very blessed to visit your famous Synagogue. Unfortunately you didn't give me right to make pictures for my newspaper inside the Synagogue. Sincerely yours
Senior Writer of "Jewish Word" - Jewish newspaper in Russian, New York (

Date: April 30, 2010, 06:11 am
Name: S. A.
last address in Egypt: Champollion Street in 1954
present address: Canada

born across from the Mazarita Cemetery in the 1950 Comments: Born in the 1950s across from Mazarita Cemetery. Travelled across Europe and settled in Canada. I have a collection of old photos with
Names from the British Boys school to the Lycee Lunion Juive , Jewish School at Moharram Bey, to Ecole Aghion 1940-1950. Contact me if u wish to see the names and photos.

Date: April 5, 2010, 04:07 pm
Name: Raymonde (Setton) Nahon
Email: remy_n@netvision
last address in Egypt: 10 Borsa Tewfikyeh street
present address: Israel

Looking for Yorgho who was working in a garage near Cinema Rivoli

Date: April 2, 2010, 06:50 am
Name: Farid Achkar
last address in Egypt: Daher
present address: 918 Encanto Dr,Arcadia, CA 91007 USA

J'etais au College De La Salle Daher, classe de 1970. J'ai quitte' l'Egypte en 1980 pour La Californie. J'aimerais etre en contact avec les amis d'enfance.

Date: February 26, 2010, 02:23 am
Name: marc khedr
last address in Egypt: 166 rue tahrir bab el louk
present address: usa

left egypt 1971

Date: February 20, 2010, 04:51 pm
Name: George Boghossian

I congratulate you for your outstanding effort in helping all of us who still cherish the memories of our past childhood in beautiful Egypt

Date: February 13, 2010, 02:08 am
Name: Danielle Haski
last address in Egypt: El Khalifa El Mamoun, Heliopolice
present address: Sydney Australia

Hello, I am looking for anyone who may remember my father's family - The Haski and Poppel families - from Heliopolis. Most of them left around 1948 and went to Israel, Italy and Australia. I will be in Cairo at the beginning of October and hope to trace more information about them. Many thanks

Date: February 5, 2010, 08:59 pm
Name: Hani Badawi
last address in Egypt: Marshall Allenby (later Kaft Abdou) Street, Roushdy, Alexandria
present address: Santa Clara, CA

I visited your website and found it very interesting and fascinating. What a shame that the harmony that once existed in Egypt was disrupted by a senseless and uneducated group of people in 1956! My late father Kamel Badawi, partnered with Haim Dorra in creating the first Cast Iron Factory in the Middle-East. The factory which was located in Alexandria was nationalized in 1963 and was run into the ground since and fnally demolished!

My brother's engineering school colleague (in Alexandria, Egypt),
Namely Victor Pracha, left Egypt with his family in 1956/57 when he was only one year away from his graduation! Before leaving Egypt, Victor lived with his family in Alexandria. My brother, Wagih Badawi, would be delighted to reconnect with Victor (whom I hope is alive and well). Victor would be around 75 years old.

In the Roushdy district where I grew up, the Ismailoun family were our neighbors and friends. Paul Ismailoun was 2 years my senior and he left Egypt in the early 60's and I would love to get in touch with him after all these years!
Best regards,

P.S. It was great to see that my uncle's
Name (Abdel Hamid Badawi Pasha) was listed in the people who sent messages of condolences to Grand Rabbi Haim Nahum following the death of his daughter Marcelle - See Bassatine News Issue No. 11.


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