LOCALITIES ARE LISTED BELOW BENERAL ALGERIAN INFORMATION
Algeria, officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is an Arab state in northwest Africa, with a coast along the Mediterranean Sea and extending to include a large area of the Sahara Desert. Part of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire, from 1518 until 1830, when Algeria was invaded and conquered by France, it was a French colony from 1830 until its status was changed to that of an integral part of France in 1848. Independence from France was achieved in 1962, following a long and bitter guerilla war.
ALGERIA - THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Federation des Communautes Israelites d'Alger
6 rue Hassena Ahmed (formerly rue de Suffren).
Tel: (213) 262-85-72.
Synagogue: 6 rue Hassena Ahmed
Pres.: Maitre Roger Said.
Tel: (213) 349 26 57, Fax: (213) 264 55 36
The Jewish Community of Algeria.
images [August 2009]
journal article [September 2002]
history of Middle Eastern Jews and specifically Algeria. [September 2002]
Synagogues of Algeria. [August 2003]
Algeria's Jewish population went from over 100,000 in 1948, 120,000 immediately before independence in 1962, 200-300 Jews in 2001 (mostly living in Algiers, with a few families in Blida, Constantine and Oran) [September 2002], and less than 50 today [Jewish Year Book 2008]
"Jewish settlement in present-day Algeria can be traced back to the first centuries of the Common Era. In the 14th century, with the deterioration of conditions in Spain, many Spanish Jews moved to Algeria. Among them were a number of outstanding scholars, including the Ribash and the Rashbatz. After the French occupation of the country in 1830, Jews gradually adopted French culture and were granted French citizenship." Source: [October 2000]
BOOK: The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in modern times by Reeva S. Simon, Michael M. Laskier, Sara Reguer