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Malka Family in pre-Expulsion Northern Spain
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Jeffrey Malka



Date
Name
Location
Text
Source
1282 Jaffia Avimelca (=BenMalka) Inhabitant of Lleida, Catalonia Recaudador (tax farmer) for the parish of San Juan, Lleida -Romano, David. Judios al servicio de Pedro el Grande de Aragon (1276-1285). Universidad de Barcelona, 1983
-Reg 46, fols 85 v-2 y 85 v-3 (ambos del 28-4-1282)
1315, Sept 27 Jucef Avinmelcha Inhabitant of Lleida, Catalonia One of the 145 Jews voting to elect Mosse Juniç cantor of the synagogue of Lleida ARB, Canc, Cartes Reiales Jaume II, Caixa 43, num 5.313
1317, Feb 18 Ines Melcha Inhabitant of Monzon, Aragon   Cathedral Archive of Lleida
1328 Abraham Melcha Viana, Navarra1 In Viana, Juan Amador, Notary of the concejo de Viana, declared that he and other inhabitants of Viana had taken some wheat from Abraham Melcha’s home: “tomaron de la casa de Abraham Melcha, judio de Viana, 99 cueles de trigo, mesura de Viana Reg. 24, ff. 117-148, 1512
1366 Haym Melqua Viana, Navarra List of “Heads of families who lived in Viana, Navarra in 1366” Arch General de Navarra click for document
1381 Gento Melca Viana, Navarra The inventory shows that one of the boundaries of the Hospital of the Jews that existed inside the city’s walls was the house of Gento Melca 3 A.G.N. Comptos, caj. 37, nº 28, fol. XIVv.
1387, June 19 Haym Melca Viana, Navarra [12] Item, sieylle una carta de Haym Melca, judío de Viana, en que... 4 CARRASCO, Juan. Los Judíos del Reino de Navarra. Registros del Sello, 1364.
1392 Haym Malca Viana, Navarra “Haim Malca, a Jew of Viana, excommunicated and fined 50 florins” Beatrice Leroy. The Jews of Navarre in the Late Middle Ages, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1985 Arch Nav R.C. vol 216, fol 10)
1392 Haim Melca 5 Viana, Navarra In 1392, Rabbi Josef Orabona is collecting the money the Jews owed to the government. One of the government debtors was Haim Melca, Jew of Viana. He had been excommunicated, and had to pay for several reasons and also because of a homicide. BEINART, Haim. Exilio y Diáspora: Estudios sobre la historia del pueblo judío, en homenaje , page 46.
1397 Juce Melca Monzon, Aragon List of Jews of Monzon who contributed to public funds in 1397. (Follows the 1931 massacre and persecution of the Jews of Monzon). - Pita Merce, Rodrigo. Una lista de judios de Monzon en el ano 1397. Ilerda 44(1983), p.287-304.
- Lascorz-Arcas, F.A. La Aljama Judia de Monzon “la Recordada” Certeza 2003
1414, Feb 16 Davi Melca Alcolea, Aragon Fernando I oredena a todos los oficiales del reino de Aragon detenir y custodiar, hasta nueva orden, a Davi Melca y Davi Vincala, Judios, y a Bernat Milera, del lugar de Alcolea, acusados por Pere Bartomeu, habitante de la villa de Morella, de diversos delitos y crimenes contra este ultimo. -A.C.A., C, Reg 2368, fol. 63v. Latin.
- In: Hispania Judaica. Sources for the History of the Jews of Spain -6: The Tortosa Disputation Regesta of Documents from the Archivo de la Corona de Aragon. Jerusalem, 19.., #198
1414, Nov 27, Zaragoza Salomon y Saul Avimelqua Alcolea de Cinca, Aragon El principe Alfonso comissiona a Pedro de Abella, justicia y baile de la villa de Alcolea de Cinca, para conocer y dar sentencia en todas las demandas presentadas en su corte por Salamon y Saul Avimelqua, judios de Alcolea. A.C.A., C, reg 2445, Fols. 232r-v, Latin. In: Hispania Judaica. Sources for the History of the Jews of Spain -6: The Tortosa Disputation Regesta of Documents from the Archivo de la Corona de Aragon. Jerusalem, 19.., #436 click for document
1414, Dec 2, Montblanc Saul Avimelque y a su hijo Salamo Avimelque Alcega, Catalonia Fernando I ordena al baile de la villa de Alcega, en el condado de Urgel, vigilar y custodiar a Saul Avimelque y a su hijo Salamo Avimelque hasta que Fernando Bardaxi llegue a la villa para inquirir contra dichos judios. A.C.A., C, reg. 2386, Fols, 79v-80r. Catalan. click for document
In: Hispania Judaica. Sources for the History of the Jews of Spain -6: The Tortosa Disputation Regesta of Documents from the Archivo de la Corona de Aragon. Jerusalem, 19.., #451
1421, April 29 Juce el Rey Tudela, Navarra Document describing land boundaries. One of the pieces of land that is mentioned belonged to Juce el Rey Archivo Municipal de Tudela. Protocolos Notariales de Tudela Garceiz Costal, Martín Fol. 195-197
1478 Salamo Avimelcha Monzon, Aragon Loan agreement F Asensio 1478 7r-v, Latin click for document
1478 Mosse Melqua Monzon, Aragon Received money in deposit F Asensio 1478 58, Latin click for document
1479 Salamo Melcha,
Jeffuda Melcha
Monzon, Aragon Received money in deposit F Asensio 1478 53v, Latin click for document

Footnotes
1. From Goñi Gaztambide, José, MI, Dr, pbro, La matanza de judíos en Navarra, en 1328, Hispania sacra, 12:23 (1959:enero/jun.), from Menéndez Pelayo, M. Historia de los heterodoxos españoles, Santander 1947, T. II, p. 467: "In 1328, the Jewish quarters of Navarra were attacked by the Navarrese people. Those of Tudela, Viana, Estella and others were burnt. Because of the attacks, 10,000 Jews died. When the Jewish quarters were restored, many of their stolen properties were returned by the guilty parties".
2. Goñi Gaztambide, José, MI, Dr, pbro, La matanza de judíos en Navarra, en 1328, Hispania sacra, 12:23 (1959:enero/jun.) p.5
3. Carrasco, Juan. Juderias y sinagogas en el Reino de Navarra. Estudio financiado por la UE, Culture 2000. pag. 136 [24], nota 82. Navarra Judaica, 3**, doc. 769, 18 de septiembre de 1381, p. 419.
4. Haym Melca, Jew of Viana, is mentioned as a creditor of Miguel García Garanno: "[12] Item, sieylle una carta de Haym Melca, judío de Viana, en que es obligado Miguel García de Garanno, en quoantía 6 libras, 6 sueldos prietos. Plazo ha un anno seguient. Fecha, en Viana, 2º dia de jullio, era de 1424 aynnos".
5. The Melca family seems to have left Viana by the end of the 14th century, as no further documents were found showing any of its members still living there. (From Mirones Lozano, Eunate. Los judíos del reino de Navarra en la crisis del s.XV. Page 178).


Monzon. Left: Castle and Jewish cemetery, Right: old Town square

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