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Marriage Database from Aleppo, Syria

by Sarina Roffe



Introduction

Jews have lived in Syria for over 3,000 years. Most lived in one of the two main centers along the caravan routes, Damascus or Aleppo (Aleppo is also known as Aram Soba or, in Arabic, Haleb). As is typical of other regions of the Ottoman Empire, Aleppo had no official birth, marriage, or death records. Some records were kept by various rabbis and a few of these have survived and are located either in manuscript or on microfiche in the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem. To examine these records, please visit or contact:
Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts
Jewish National and University Library
POB 34165
Jerusalem 91341
tel 972-2-6586233
fax 972-2-6511771

The database includes 1,354 records from the transcription of Register 43741 and marriage contracts (ketubot) that are part of NLI databases. The Aleppo Marriage Database covers several periods and there are major gaps in the information. For the most part, the data covers 1847-1850, 1868-1877, and 1893-1934. However, we included a few records found in 1811and 1855 that were derived from Ketubot manuscripts.

Transliteration
These records have been translated and transliterated as part of the Sephardic Heritage Project, with donations from members of Brooklyn's Syrian Community, under the supervision of Sarina Roffé (Brooklyn, NY). The original records were written in a Hebrew Rashi special Aleppoan script as well as Judeo-Arabic. They were translated to Modern Hebrew by Rabbi Abraham Ades of Bnei Brak, Israel. Then under the supervision of Galit Mizrahi (Jerusalem, Israel), the records were translated into English and converted into a database. Then they were edited by Sarina Roffé. Since the records have been through so many versions, it is possible that we made mistakes. Original versions of these records can be accessed in the sources provided in Israel.

The records are from the following sources.

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