Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Scholarship fund in the name of the Jews of Egypt

The Jews of Egypt will not be entirely forgotten by generations to come.

Fifty thousand US dollars are to be donated to start a scholarship fund at Haifa University for the study of the Egyptian Jewish community and its past.

Joe Barda of Australia made the pledge - one of the many positive developments to emerge from the five-day World Congress of Jews from Egypt held in Haifa in July 2006.

The Nebi Daniel Association will repair the cemetery in Alexandria and rebuild the crumbling walls. The Bassatine cemetery in Cairo will also receive attention to prevent the marble tombstones being stolen for building materials.

But the most pressing matter is the future of Adly Pasha Geniza. Like Cerberus, Mrs Carmen Weinstein jealously guards these precious sacred texts stored at the synagogue in Adly Pasha St, Cairo, without even allowing photocopies to be made. The Congress voted to construct a Jewish Museum in Cairo.

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