There has been some interest in this subject on JGSGB Discuss.
One of our members is looking into the background of some cousins who were Egyptian Jews living in Cairo and were directly descended from the famous chief rabbi of Baghdad, Rabbi Eliyahu Mani (died 1899).
Our member is at present trying to find the ketubah of the marriage of Dr. Baruch Mani (personal physician to the King of Egypt), and his first wife, Fortunee Mani. This marriage took place in Cairo probably in The Great Synagogue in 1919.
Would anybody know where the Jewish marriage records, including ketubah records, of Cairo Jewry of that period were kept? And where would one find such records today if indeed they still exist?
The advice so far received is that unfortunately the marriage records in Cairo are now considered the property of the Egyptian state and Jews are not permitted access. A very sore point…. Yves Fedida <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the expert on this subject. Also Alain Farhi email@example.com has an extensive genealogical records of Jews from Egypt (Les Fleurs d’Orient website)
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