Family Tree Resources

Family Documents Available from our Archives.

Since the founding of the Museum in 1997 hundreds of documents for our archives have been collected relating to the Jewish families of Rhodes. Since then, we have received requests from descendants of those families who are interested in obtaining information relating to their family history. Therefore, this page offers people copies of these various documents in order for them to have some rare artifacts to add to their personal genealogy. Some of these documents give a surprising insight of family history, while other documents are simple in nature yet quite interesting.

Name Date Image
Alhadeff, Abraham 1922 Alhadeff, Abraham
Alhadeff, Behor Rahamin 1922 Alhadeff, Behor Rahamin
Alhadeff, David 1922 Alhadeff, David
Alhadeff, Raphael 1919 Alhadeff, Raphael
Amato, David 1933 Amato, David
Amato, Haim 1931 Amato, Haim
Benatar, Nissim 1941 Benatar, Nissim
Benatar, Nissim Haim 1939 Benatar, Nissim Haim
Benun, Lucia April 22, 1931 Benun, Lucia
Benveniste, Isaac Oct. 29, 1923 Benveniste, Isaac
Capelluto, Salomon 1932 Capelluto, Salomon
Capeluto, Reina Israel Nov. 4, 1941 Capeluto, Reina Israel
Capeluto, Samuel 1922 Capeluto, Samuel
Capouya, Joseph R. 1906 Capouya, Joseph R.
Capuya, Jacob 1922 Capuya, Jacob
Capuya, Rafael 1922 Capuya, Rafael
Codron, Leon 1938 Codron, Leon
Codron, Nissim 1939 Codron, Nissim
Coen, Behor 1922 Coen, Behor
Coen, Rahamin 1912 Coen, Rahamin
Ergas, Giacomo 1921 Ergas, Giacomo
Habib, Saul 1936 Habib, Saul
Hanan, David 1922 Hanan, David
Hanan, Haco 1921 Hanan, Haco
Hasson, Mercado 1919 Hasson, Mercado
Menashe, John 1934 Menashe, John
Piha, Behor 1942 Piha, Behor
Turiel, Isaac 1938 Turiel, Isaac

To obtain copies of these documents please contact the:

Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation

10850 Wilshire Blvd. #750
Los Angeles, California 90024 USA

The Source of the Alhadeff Family Name: This is described in a book about the History of the Alhadeff Family, called “Le Chêne de Rhodes” by Vittorio Alhadeff.  A portion of that book has been translated by Rachel Alhadeff Roditi as follows:

As in all historical research, one must start from a sure and unarguable fact: our family originates from Spain, the country in which it resided for nearly four centuries and which it left in 1492 as a result of the edict of the Catholic kings which condemned all the Jews who refused, to convert to Christianity, to exile.  …

They gave the name Alhadeff to our ancestors.  Why?  Professor Abraham Galante of the University of Constantinople, in his book on the “Jews of Rhodes and Cos,” has established beyond all reasonable doubt, the etymology of our surname, which according to him, comes from the Arabic al-khadif, which means lord, i.e., the Chief.  Let us remember that under the British, the King of Egypt bore the name of Al-khadif.  The mutation to Alhadeff is explained by the fact, pointed out by the erudite Prof. Galante, that Hebrew is a guttural language that also has no vowels.

Alkadif is pronounced Alhadeff in Hebrew.  My father signed in Judeo-Espagnole, in either version.

Some facts must be pointed out.  Firstly, the name Alhadeff is borne exclusively by the near or distant members of our family.  Today all the Alhadeffs, scattered over the world are, in fact, originally from Rhodes and are, furthermore, to a more or less degree, attached to our family by ties of relationship.  We are descended, therefore, ie. all the Alhadeffs, from one common ancestor, one of those Alhadeffs or Alkadifs who disembarked in Rhodes in 1525.

Secondly, we must emphasize the strange and certain fact that there is no Alhadeff in Spain and none anywhere else who does not come from our Island.  This is truly a unique case.  While innumerable members of Sephardi families – Mendes, Cremieux, Lopez, Alvarez, Toledo, etc – scattered over the world and who have an Arab, Italian or French clan name – they do not have in common any family relationship and come from hundred of different places.  The Alhadeffs consist of a well-defined and limited clan; we are all, no matter where we live, in U.S.A., Canada, Australia or South Africa, born in Rhodes or come from there.

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96 Responses to “Family Tree Resources”

  1. January 11th, 2016

    michael botek:

    (from the “Family Tree Resources” page): hello, michael botek here…. living in New York… grew up in LA. I am the son of Rae Calderon (Los Angeles-Seattle), grandson of Katherine Calderon (Seattle-Rhodes), great grandson of Lea Alkana (Los Angeles – Rhodes), and great great grandson of Caden (Surmani) Alkana (Rhodes).

  2. December 12th, 2015

    larry Posner:

    (from the “Family Tree Resources” page): Hi Aron: I note on JewishGen there was a Yahiel Alhadeff tombstone in Rhodes who died in 1873. I gg grandson of Kalomira Alhadeff who was born in 1848, whose father was Yahiel Alhadeff. Looking for a possible connection.

  3. July 13th, 2015

    Davide Giordano Hazan:

    Hi, im try to connect my ancestors. My grandpa Giacomo Hazan ( he said that was born in Rhodes), he was born in the 1900 or near this years and death in 1977. He was moving in Italy, Bari. He said that the father Isacco Hazan was an shipowner and after the first global world he lost everything. i want to know if i have parents in Rhodes or parents around the world or information about the story of my family, every information will be and pleasure. Thanks a lot!

  4. June 28th, 2015

    Pascal Cziborra:

    Dear Mrs. Rosy Capelluto: please contact me on behalf of your mother Matilde Hanan. She could have been a prisoner of concentration camp Wilischthal (KZ Flossenbürg) and liberated at Theresienstadt. You will find me probably on facebook or ask the Museum for my email.

  5. March 5th, 2015

    Iris Planamento:

    My Grandmother, Victoria Angel, was born in 1896 in Rhodes of Behor Isaac Angel and Giamilla Alhadeff. Giamilla was born of Hiram Nissim Alhadeff and Hanulla Berro (Tarica).
    Behor Isaac Angel was born of Yehuda Angel and Signora Alhadeff. Yehuda Angel was born of Moshe Angel and ?. Signora Alhadeff was born of Haim Alhadeff and Fortunee Tarica. A lot of Alhadeffs on both sides. I hope this helps someone and if anyone can fill in any information for me, it would be much appreciated.
    My grandmother, Victoria, emigrated to the U.S. and lived in the Bronx, NYC for most of her life. After emigrating she married Baruch Cohen of Tichloron, Turkey. They had 6 children, one, Jenny, was my mother.

  6. December 30th, 2014

    David Hubert Roditi:

    My name is David Hubert Roditi, son of Binyamin Roditi, Grandson of Davit Roditi, Great-Grandson of Samuel Roditi, Great-Great Grandson of Davit Roditi.

    My family was given the honour by the island of having it as our family name, Roditi. We emigrated from Roditi to Izmir and from there my family went world wide – Argentina, Brazil, South African and the UK. It was my Grandfather, Davit Roditi, that was asked by his Uncle to move to Argentina also but Davit decided to stay in Turkey so that there will always be a representative in Turkey. Davit Roditi eventually moved from Izmir to Istanbul.

    My father, Binyamin Roditi, is currently head of the family. His father was before him, and his father before him and so on. I am the only son of my father.

    I was told that there was another group that took our surname, but they have nothing to do with us.

    Any information on my family will be very much appreciated. Please contact me on

    Thank you and best wishes.

  7. October 1st, 2014

    Patricia Levy:


  8. June 20th, 2014


    Hi Tom. Yes, I located the Notrica family registration which I’ll email to you. It indicates that Azaria Notrica was born in 1839 and his parents were: Eliau Notrica and Regina Alhadeff. It indicates that his wife, Leah was born in 1856 and her parents were: Isaac Tarica and Miriam Franco.

  9. June 11th, 2014

    tom klein:

    thank you very much for the information on the HUGNU and LEON families.

    would you by any chance have any information on the NOTRICA family (parents: Azaria and Leah Rachel, children: Rosina, Maria, etc.)?

  10. June 10th, 2014


    Shalom! My mother’s grandmother was born in Rhodes and I’d like to know more about her and her family. I’d like to get your help in this matter:

    My Mother was Nina Belaisch. She was born in Alexandrie, Egypt (1948, Egypt – 1983, Israel).

    My Mother migrated Israel with her parents and her sister in 1950. My Mother’s father’s mother was Henriette Esther Belaisch (AMATO). She was born in Rhodes, 1897 – migrated Israel in 1964 and died in Israel in 1973.

    My mother’s father’s mother’s father was Bension AMATO from Rhodes. My mother’s father’s mother’s mother was Clara AMATO from Rhodes.

    I hope you’ll be able to tell me more about my Rhodesli Family. Thanks in advance. Doron

  11. May 31st, 2014


    Hi Avi. There is a list of Alhadeffs and many others who moved to Israel, including a Shemtov Alhadeff. Go to the “Newsletters” section, the 2011 issue, page 4.

  12. May 31st, 2014

    Avi Gabai:

    Shalom, my name is Avi Gabai and i leave in Israel. I am looking for the roots of my family. One of my grandfather’s came from Rhodes. His name was Shem-tov Alhadef and he has arrived from Rhodes at 1844 at age 22. i have read in your site that Alhadef is a name with Rhodes roots but I cannot reach that again. Can you point it for me at the web site. I would like to know the names of his parents and his genealogy. (Shem-tov has son named Haim).
    my Email adress is

  13. May 11th, 2014


    to Rachelle Sacks Mistelman:
    Your great grandmother Ester Touriel is my grandfathers sister, Behor Moshe Touriel. The other siblings were Giamila, merdoched, avener and Jacob. Moshe married hanah Hasson and they moved to Seattle washington when their oldest so son Joesph was 5 They had 3 other children, Rose, Emily and Gabriel. Please see my other posts for extended family info. You may contact me.

  14. March 2nd, 2014

    ingrid alhadef:


  15. March 2nd, 2014


    To Bob Rubin Mayo 12.21.11 post. I found my great great grandfather Behor Moshe Turiel. He died in 1886, “Behor of Rafael Shabetai”. Does anyone have any info regarding that person?

    I beleive Ester Touriel is my great aunt. Her brother may have been Moshe Touriel who immegrated to the USA Seattle with his wife Hannah and there son Joseph. Moshe and Hannah had three additional vhildren. Rose Sherman, my mother. Emily Hart and Gabriel Touriel. That generation stayed in the Seattle area. My generation is scatteted all over the USA. Youmay contact me at

  16. February 23rd, 2014


    Morris Touriel left the island of Rhodes when he was 16 shoveling coal on the ship to earn his passage. He eventually returned to Rhodes. He married Hannah. They immigrated to Seattle with his son Joseph. Joseph married Mary and they had four girls Anne Gordon, Marlene Gumbiener of Denver, Elaine Ross of Buffalo Springs Illnois, Sandy Korb of Seattle. Morris and Hannah had 3 other children Rose Sherman, Emily Hart and Gabriel Touriel. Rose married William Sherman and they moved to Tacoma Washington during WWII.They had 3 children. Dr Robert Sherman of Hamstead North Carolina, Mike Sherman of Lake Oswego,Or and Joni Sherman. Mike Sherman married Karen Gross of Tacoma and they have 2 children. Patrick Sherman of San Jose Ca and Tracy Sherman of Seattle. Morris had at least one brother and one sister. His brother eventually settled in South Africa and his sister in Los Angeles. His sister live to be over 100 years old. Morris parents owned a bakery and Hannah’s a distillery. Morris is considered the unsung hero of the family for having moved to the USA.

  17. November 23rd, 2013

    Meyer Israel:

    Aron, Going through the comments here my eye caught Rivka bluestein’s comment who mentioned Solomon Piha and luna Amato as parents of Cadena.
    My great great grandfather Haim Israel married Miriam Piha and I’m almost sure that Miriam’s parents were Solomon and Luna Piha. I’m wondering if that is the same couple Rivka is talking about.
    Rivka: can you confirm this with your neighbor if her grandmother had a sister named Miriam that married Haim israel.
    Aron: can you email Rivka in case she doesn’t see this comment of mine? Thank you so much.

  18. July 6th, 2013


    Good afternoon! I am inquiring about any information you may have for the family Hazan. We are excited to be visiting Rhodes in August and are anxious to learn more about the family’s past. Thank you for putting this website and resource together!

  19. March 5th, 2013


    Hi Len. Marie’s family name was Tarica, not Cohen. You will locate information of her (and my) family on this website on the “Genealogy” page, “Family Trees & Photos” section (including a photo of her mother Behora Rebecca Tarica), born in 1870. Are you related to her and her children: Lello and Eugenie?

  20. March 4th, 2013

    Len P:

    I’m looking for information on Marie (possibly Cohen). She was born and brought up in Rhodes, and was a teacher there in the 1910s and 20s. She later met and married Abramino Misan and they moved to Alexandria. Any information gladly welcome.

  21. January 7th, 2013

    leah aljadeff de petersson:

    shalom my name is leah aljadeff, my family is fruit of the love of Alberto Aljadeff (Abraham and the spanish translation of Alhadeff) and Leah Aroguette, my grand parents, they meet each other in argentina but both of them born in Rodes and came to Argentine during the italian occupation, and we are looking foward to meet some of our roots, we dont have so much information but we will extremely happy to find our roots!! so thank you in advance… Leah

  22. December 20th, 2012


    Thank you so much for taking care of such valuable information which would be lost otherwise. I am looking to fill in gaps in the Hasson-Touriel family. What we know is Rosulah Alhadeff and Gabriel Hasson married and bore at least one daughter, Hanulah(Hannah). Emiliah Touriel(wife unknown) had at least one son, Moshe(Morris). Hannah and Morris married and immigrated to Seattle before WWI with their son Joseph. Who was Emiliah married to? Are there household regesteries that would show and other children? Any information would be helpful.


  23. December 3rd, 2012

    Rochelle Sacks-Mistelman:

    Thank you Bob Rubin Mayo for answering my question. I have new information to my great, great, great grandparents from Rhodes, Sam Hasson and GiaMila Nachmias were married and had a daughter, Sara Hasson who married Victor Touriel. Does anyone have any information on either Sam Hasson or GiaMila Nachmias? Thank you! Rochelle, Los Angeles, CA.

  24. June 8th, 2012

    Tracy Koch:

    I am looking for information on my great grandmother. I think her name was Bulissa Pelosoff. I was told she died in Rhodes when my grandfather was very young. I find conflicting information. She married Abraham Alkana b.1876 d.1939 and had 3 children Eliau, Laura and Eliezer(Louis). Eliezer is my grandfather. Abraham immigrated to the United States, remarried and had 9 more children. I would like to know any information about her family as do not even know her parents name.

    Thank You. Tracy Koch

  25. February 27th, 2012

    Edna Mor:

    Shalom. Looking for info about members of my family that lived in Rhodes and immigrated to South Africa. Abraham Benatar and his wife Buollisa (maiden name Pisante).They had 2 kids as I know:Olga born 1905 and Rafael Benatar. I’ll be very happy to get info or data about the benatar family and their ancestors. thanks so much.
    Edna Israel

  26. January 9th, 2012

    Rivka Bluestein:

    Dear Aron. Thank you for your wonderful contributions.

    I have found new information for my neighbor I’ve been helping, Katherine (nee Bobo) Beberman (mother’s name Reina Hasson) of Atlanta, GA. Reina’s parents were Cadena Piha (b.c1880) and Joseph Hasson. Cadena’s parents were Luna Amato and Solomon Piha. Joseph’s parents were Emily Capilouto and Samuel Hasson.
    My neighbor, now 80, has thoroughly enjoyed the calendar you sent and hopes to learn more of her family.
    Thank you,
    Rivka Bluestein

  27. December 21st, 2011

    Bob Rubin Mayo:

    Message of Rochelle SACKS-MISTELMAN. Hello Rochelle,

    The husband of Ester TOURIEL was Nathan / Ben MIZRAHI. He took his first name and made it his surname. In addition to their children, Saul and Victor, were Ralph and Emily. If interested, I could put you in touch with Vic NATHAN’s children.

  28. October 2nd, 2011

    Angela Yael Amato:

    Sono Angela Yael Amato vorrei sapere se gli Amato di Rodi avevano parenti in Italia a Napoli e dove risiedevano, e se esistono comunita’ a Napoli e a modiano di Vico Equense che avevano stretti legami con Rodi.

  29. September 4th, 2011


    ciao Emanuela,
    mi chiamo Beniamino e anche io sono figlio di un sopravissuto.
    Le uniche risorse sono possibilmente a rodi stesso o in california a cura di hasson aron curatore
    del museo ebraico a rodi. Il mio email e .
    Abito da molto tempo negli USA.
    Se fosse vivo anche mio padre sarebbe 85.
    Secondo le schede trovate a Mauthausen abitava a via scarampia 23 rodi.
    Forse tua madre conosceva le sorelle.
    Si chiamavano Lucia ,caterina,giulia e felicina.Il nome era Sharhon poi Italianizzato SCIARCON.
    Se posso essere di aiuto potri chiamare o almeno scrivere a Aron se ha qualche informazione sulla
    famiglia Perez. salute

  30. August 19th, 2011

    Anne Alhadef:

    I’m trying to find out info on my grandfather Jack Alhadeff who was born in Rodi in 1900. He came to Los Angeles and married my grandmother in the early 20’s. He left the family and went to Mexico (probably Mexico City) late 20’s/early 30’s. Remarried probably early 50’s and had a son. May have had an engineering company and possibly died 1975/76. Does not appear to have been naturalized in U.S. When my uncle who was assigned as a priest in the Seattle area in the late 50’s Morrie Alhadeff contacted him convinced they were related, but how many generations back they didn’t say. Does anyone have any information?

  31. August 11th, 2011

    Janis Zukow:

    My grandparents were born on Rhodes Moshe Chemaria and Mary Levy. I am coming to Rhodes next month and I am interested in my family who lived there. thank -you

  32. August 11th, 2011

    Rosy Capelluto:

    Hi! My mother, Matilde Capelluto (nee Hanan) passed away recently. She was born in Rhodes and was a Holocaust survivor and hardly told us anything about her past. I am trying to find out as much as possible about her family. Her parents were Chanoch and Rosa Hanan, and her siblings were Rahamon and Samuel. I am also trying to get information about my father’s family. My grandfather was Ghedalia Capelluto who was married to Luna Israel. I know that Luna Israel was killed the day she arrived in Auschwiz. If anyone has any information out there, I would dearly like to hear from you. Many thnks.
    This website is really wonderful!!!

  33. August 5th, 2011

    emanuela giamila acerbi:

    Buonasera, sono la figlia di una ebrea di Rodi, Perez Graziella, scampata miracolosamente all’olocausto. Ora vive a Bergamo in Italia ha 85 anni e’ piena di acciacchi e dice che e’ tutta colpa di Aushwitz. Suo padre era Perez Barouk, la mamma Gomel Giamila. Avete qualche documento con tutti i componenti della famiglia? Non sono riuscita a trovare il posto dove risiedevano a Rodi nel quartiere ebraico. Mia madre ha dei ricordi lontani e ogni tanto si dimentica, lei dice che mio nonno e’ morto ad Auschwitz ma io ho visto nel vostro cimitero che lui e’ morto prima. Vi prego aiutatemi a ritrovare le mie origini. Grazie di cuore. Se riesco scansiono le foto di mia madre e ve la invio. Quello che mi ha detto e’ che abitava in Via Deodato Gozzoni, e’ possibile? grazie per quello che riuscirete a trovare, appena posso vengo a Rodi.
    Emanuela Giamila Acerbi

  34. July 23rd, 2011

    Rochelle Sacks-Mistelman:

    Hello. I talked with my mother, Elaine Nathan Sacks today and she said my great grandmother Ester Touriel came from Rhodes and my grandfather’s name was Saul Nathan. Saul had two brothers, Victor and another. Does anyone know anything of this family from Rhodes? Thank you! Todah. Rochelle

  35. May 29th, 2011

    Rita Pizante:

    to Victor Pisante, re January 24th, 2011 comment on “Family Tree Resources” page: Dear Victor. Thank you for your reply and apologies for delay in my response. My parents and grandparents lived in Istanbul. Beyond this, I have not other information. Maybe we are related?

  36. May 29th, 2011

    Douglas Franco:

    Is there some information about Jewish Franco family in Brazil? Thank you!

  37. April 26th, 2011

    Jeanne Helms:

    I am looking for info on Avraam Alhadeff b. in 1880’s and his wife Caden BenVenista born abt 1893 who immigrated to New York about 1912. I believe they may have been married in Rhodes but am not sure. I think Avrams father was Shumel Alhadeff and his mother Mazaltov Unknown. Caden’s parents may have been Linzar BenVenista and her mother Estrella Unknown. I do not know if the parents came with Abraam and Caden or if they stayed in Rhodes. Any info would be of help. I am doing this research for my two grand-daughters who are descendants of Rhodes.

  38. April 17th, 2011

    Barbara Adler:

    This information is wonderful to see. I was at the synogague many years ago and it certainly has flourished! Thanks for the site.

  39. April 12th, 2011

    Henry franco:

    Looking for family tree, history of family of Heschia, Franco and Vida Touriel Franco

  40. March 17th, 2011


    HI I would like to know if possible please the name of the parents or siblings of my grandfather’s grandmother (Rachel Amato mother of Moshe Franco, father of my grandfather, Aaron Franco).
    Many thanks!

  41. February 23rd, 2011


    I am looking for some information on my grandfathers family. He immigrated to Seattle from Rhodes when he was sixteen, and died when my dad was eight,so the family history does not have a lot of detail. I know that his given name was Isaac Shemaria(changed to William when he immigrated) and his mothers name was Victoria. His father died in a fire in their family business(some sort of store), and I am unsure of his first name. Any insight you can give to names etc. would be greatly appreciated so I can pass on family history to my young children. Thank you!

  42. February 23rd, 2011


    Hi Rachelle. I don’t believe there is a discrepancy. The family household registration does not reveal the whereabouts of all family members, it only lists the the people who lived in the family home at a certain point in time (the time of the registration). For example, if a person in the family moved to the U.S. or Africa at the time of the registration, then that person would not be on the family household list. Also, if a person married and lived with their new spouse in another home then the person would be listed in the registration page of the spouse’s family.

  43. February 22nd, 2011

    Rachelle Conway:

    Hi Aron,

    Thank you so very much for your quick response – it would appear that you have located my family but there are 2 discrepancies:

    1) Isaac’s first wife is SARAH and they had:


    2) When Sarah passed away he married Miriam and they had JACOB, SAMUEL, BENJAMIN & HAIM

  44. February 22nd, 2011


    Hi Rachelle. I have a family household registration document which indicates that an Isaac Alhadeff (born in 1864) was married to a Miriam Shemaria (born in 1878). The children living in the family home included Hasdai, Aaron, Joseph, Jacob, Samuel, Benjamin and Haim. The parents of Isaac were Joseph Alhadeff and Mazaltov Hasson. The parents of Miriam were Jacob Shemaria and Dolsa Hasson. If this is your family let me know and I’ll send you a copy of the document.

  45. February 21st, 2011

    Rachelle Conway:

    I am trying to locate information on my family. My grandfather was Isaac Alhadeff and married to Sarah. He remarried to Miriam when Sarah died. The children included: Hasdai, Aaron, Joseph, Gracia and Jacob?

  46. January 24th, 2011

    Victor Pisante:

    “Family Tree Resources” page: Hi Rita. Pisante/Pizante/Pizanti are all the same name. My family comes from Rhodes. My immediate family did not emigrate. My grand parents moved to Athens Greece in the 1920s while Rhodes was under the Italians. We were given Italian passports (we still hold them today) and in the Italian language there is no single ‘z’ so the name was spelled Pisante. The rest of my Pizante family emigrated to the US and Africa in the early 1900s. One branch moved to Istanbul when Rhodes was still under the Ottoman empire but later moved to Israel and the US. My 2nd great grandfather was Behor Heskiah Pizante, born in Rhodes. Is your family also from Rhodes? Do you have any information on your Pizante ancestors? I am trying to find more relatives but so far I haven’t found any connection.

  47. January 23rd, 2011

    Rita Pizante:

    “Family Tree Resources” page: Hello Our family is Pizante (spelled with a z ). I see there are some Pisante’s from Rhodes including Mr. Victor Pisante here. Could the Pizante and Pisante families be related? I live in Canada.

  48. January 4th, 2011


    Hi Zack. There were a few families in Rhodes with various spellings like Sharhon, Charhon. You will find the names on the maps of the family homes on “La Juderia” page and also on the “Cemetery” pages. Good luck with your search.

  49. January 4th, 2011


    My great grandfather was born in Rhodes in 1896 came to Memphis from Rhodes around 1910. His name was Leon Shahun, although his actual name might be something else, I think Charon. Please help me out if you can find any information about his family’s name.

  50. December 28th, 2010

    Cheryl Codron:

    My father-in-law, Shemtov (Santo) Codron was the youngest child of Isaac David Codron and Rivke (Rebecca) Franco. Santo and his twin (name unkown) were born in Rhodes on the 13th September 1913 – his twin (a boy) died at 7 months of age. In the family there was 1 sister named Allegra Codron. She was the 2nd youngest child in the family and as far as family members I have asked I was told she had died at a young age or in Auschwitz. However, I now have reason to believe she actually married a Rabbi in Izmir, Turkey by the name of Habif (she was his 2nd wife), they lived in South America – Chile and had some children. Are you able to shed any light on this?

  51. December 11th, 2010

    Eric Barnhart:

    My Grandfather came from Rhodes. His name was Albert Abouaf and my Grandmother was Tamar Tourial. Any info on these families would be appreciated.

  52. November 28th, 2010

    Mark Heldreth:

    What a great site, my grand mother, Marie Hasson was born there. I don’t have a lot of info but she should of been born in the late 1800’s. Do you think it would be possible to find anything on her? The names of my Great Grand parents were Gabriel Hasson who married Dora Cordova. They had my Grand Mother Marie, and also Bennie, Joe and maybe total of six kids. Some went to Italy, some went to Buenos Aires, and the U.S. Thanks even if you can’t your work is very much appreciated. Mark Heldreth. Lake Elsinore, Calif.

  53. November 25th, 2010


    We would need the name of your grandparents. In the mean time I know a Berro family which might be your family because one of the children was born in Buenos Aires.

  54. November 25th, 2010

    Guillermo Wajner:

    First of all i want to thank and congratulate this excelent job that you are doing towards jewish genealogy. My name is Guillermo Wajner, since some years i have been working in my family tree and it results that im part of the Berro Family from my grandmother part. If i dont mistake my great great…father is Yousef Berro. Do you have more information about the berro family?? All the information will be really usefull. And if you want after seeing all and if i have more information, i can send you mi information. The berro family that im talking came to Uruguay. Thanks Again.

  55. October 27th, 2010

    Michael Rodgers:

    Hi Aron. Yes it’s my family! Thanks for emailing me this valuable document.

  56. October 27th, 2010


    Hi Michael. A document which I located may be your family. It shows Uriel Hasson (born in 1871) married to Regina Coen (born in 1870), and they had 6 children, the youngest of whom was an Ezra born on April 17, 1908 instead of April 17, 1910. The siblings of Ezra were: Samuel, Giamila, Moshe, Sarota and Mazaltov. The parents of Uriel were: Samuel Hasson and Giamila Nahmias. The parents of Regina were: Moshe Coen and Sarota Benghia. If this is your family let me know and I will send a copy of this document via a separate email.

  57. October 26th, 2010

    Michael Rodgers:

    Hi, I am looking for information about my ancestors from Rhodes. This is what I know: Uriel Hasson married Reina Coen. One of their children was Ezra Hasson born (17 Apr 1910), who moved to Belgium. If you can find anything about them I would love to know! Greetings Michael

  58. October 8th, 2010

    howard franco:

    for Vicki Koslin:if your grandmother is katie hanan she was my dads first cousin..on the cohen side,,sorry to have heard of her passing …but we have a family tree of the cohen family..there are many scattered from ny california to africa. my grandmother behora cohen franco was the sister of avram cohen your grandmothers father…please feel free to email me..aron will forward it to you i am sure,,,since he is connected through another brother haim cohen whose wife matilda was his aunt,, his fathers sister,,,married into this cohen family.. howard franco n.y

  59. August 28th, 2010

    tania Luna Behar Behar:

    I want to find contact to the famili in israel, the brother of my grandpa, is Rahamin Behar Levy, he came from turqui, leved in petah tikva, rehov nordon 62 in a bilding, he married rebeca, and have 2 children, Menahem and palomba, pleace any help will be appreciate, he is only my father living jacobo MOises Behar Behar, we live in habana, cuba. thanks a lot. tania

  60. April 29th, 2010

    Martine Israele:

    Wow – that’s my family! Thanks Aron – Graziella is my maternal grandmother and fortunately left Rhodes for Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in time to escape deportation. She is currently living in Cape Town (where I live) and will be turning 96 this year (please G-d). I would be so grateful for any information you could pass on about any of the children / their parents and grandparents. Thank you once again!

  61. April 29th, 2010


    Hi Martine. I located records of a Michael Menasce (born in Rhodes) who was married to Goia Haim (she was born in Izmir). They had several children: Victor, Sarina, Samuel, Norma (Zafira), Rica and Graziela. If this is your family let me know because I also have the names of the parents of Michael and also of Goia–that would be one generation older/earlier.

  62. April 28th, 2010

    Martine Israele:

    What a great website! I am planning a trip to Rhodes later this year and am looking for information on the following families – Michael Menasce (married to Goia – traded in tobacco and perfume) and a family by the name of di Mayo. Any info would be greatly appreciated as I’m travelling all the way from South Africa in search of my great grandparents’ roots!

  63. April 17th, 2010

    Vicki Koslin:

    Hi, both my grandparents’ families go back to Rhodes at least 8 generations ago. My great grandparents are Hanan, Cohen, and Hasson. I’ve found that my great great grandfather is Hazdai Hassoon (born 1880), my great-great grandmother is Oro “Goldie” Fis born 1852. But that’s where I can no longer find anyone. I know my great, great, great grandparents names on my grandmother’s maternal side are Eliakim Bohor Cohen (Desiada Israel), Mordechai Cohen (Caden Cohen), Elie “Louis” Hasson (Oro “Goldie” Fis), and Nissim Alhadeff (Caden Berro). I know my great great grandmother was Lea Alhadeff, born 1883.

    I guess I’m looking for a needle in a hay-stack but my grandmother passed away Monday and it is my greatest wish to find her family.

  64. April 3rd, 2010

    Malka Ben-Peshat:

    Dear all. Thank you for the opportunity to look for more details about the familly of my grand mother from my late mother. My grand mother’s name is Regina Israel. To my knoledge she was born in Rhodes and traveled to Alexandria, Egypt to get married with Abraham Nachmias the son of the Rabbi David Nachmias. I will appreceate very much to recieve any detail of information about her familly, the Israel familly, that you have in your archives. Thank you again. Malka Ben-Peshat, Herzelia, Israel

  65. March 18th, 2010

    Benvenida Jacoel:

    I would like to know if there is as much information about the Jews of Salonica? And if the Jewish cemetery still exists in that town like the one in Rhodes? Thank you in advance.

  66. March 11th, 2010


    My great-grandparents both came from Rhodes to Seattle sometime around 1910-1920. Their names were Matilda Shemaria and Albert Alhadeff (birthdate May 22 1898). I don’t know much about the Alhadeff side but I believe Matilda’s father, brother, and maybe sisters also came to the Seattle area. Unfortunately I don’t know any other family names at this point in my search. I would love any additional information or clues. Also, are there records in Rhodes of who left on what ship, etc?

  67. March 10th, 2010

    Victor Pisante:

    This message is for Linda Roth: Hi Linda, I am Victor Pisante your 3rd cousin twice removed. I live in Athens, Greece and would love to communicate with you and share all I know about the Pisante family from Rhodes. We are all descendants of Bohor Heskia Pisante. My email address is warm regards, Victor

  68. March 5th, 2010

    Ron Israel:

    Hello cousins/familia one and all. What a joy to see all of this. I will try to gather what I have of my family, scan it, and send it along. I am the grandson of Morris N. Israel of Seattle, WA, who came to the US from Rhodes in the early 20th century, where he married my grandmother, Estrella Alhadeff (after the death of her first husband, my granfather’s brother, according to biblical commandment). We are descendants of Reuben Eliyahu Israel, 12th descendant of Israel family rabbis on Rhodes. I would love to hear from anyone to whom I am related–closely or distantly–who finds this website. I can be reached at I am going to my kitchen now to bake borechas! Muchos y buenos.

  69. March 4th, 2010


    Hi Marcus. I found 2 family registrations for your family. It indicates that Isaac was born in 1856 and his parents were Gabriel Benatar and Sol Benatar and that Mazaltov was born in 1861 and her parents were Nissim Cohen and Rachele Tarica. The second document shows that Alise’ parents were David Bondi and Esther Sion. I will send them to you in a separate email. Good luck.

  70. March 2nd, 2010

    Marcus Stiller:

    I was adopted in 1961 in Durban, South Africa, I am in the process of trying to find out as much info as possible about my birth parents. What I do know is that my Mother was Rebecca Benatar, her parents were Gabriel Benatar born 1890-1939 (Rhodes) who married Alice Bondi (Cairo) and went to live in Harare, Rhodesia. Gabriels parents were Isaac Benatar married to Mazeltov Cohen.

  71. February 23rd, 2010

    Nir Sidis:

    Hello. i am looking for records and information about Moshe Sidis born at 1841/2 probably at Rhodos and family.

  72. January 26th, 2010


    Hi Monie: Our records show that there was an Eliezer Nahmias born in Rhodes who moved to Israel in 1810 and lived in Safed and worked as a donkey driver.
    Also, on our cemetery page we display a tombstone of a Sarah Nahmias buried in the Rhodes Jewish cemetery. Besides that there are several Nahmias buried in Rhodes, for example: Moshe Nahmias in 1662, Yehiel Nahmias in 1669, Avraham Nahmias in 1765, Yakov Nahmias in 1824, Avraham Nahmias in 1832.

  73. January 25th, 2010


    Hi i am trying to find out as much about my great granfather was born in rhodes in 1815 [i think] he went to israel 1837. i like to know more about my family, his name Eliezer Nahmias. if u can find any sources about my family Nahmias. u r doing a great job for the new generation to learn about ouer jewish history. thank you so much…monie

  74. January 23rd, 2010

    Betty Sue Codron Karp:

    Hi Aron. Firstly, I would like to thank you so much for the beautiful Rhodes calendar you sent me. Second, I would like to thank you for everything you have done for the decendants of all the families from Rhodes. No words can really express how I feel except that you have done such a fantastic job in handling such a monumental task.

    I hope you can help me find a difinitive answer to a very important question. I am the Great Grand Daughter of “Chilbi” Nissim Codron (d 1906). Joya Codron (spouse of Moshe Galante) was his sister and my great aunt. (see last post) I do have a couple of names but now am not sure they are correct so if you can find anything please send it to me. Who were the parents of Chilbi Nissim and Djoya Codron?

  75. January 17th, 2010

    נעם חן ניצני:

    אני עוזר לבני לעשות עבודת שורשים על משפחת ויטל
    אשר עלתה לארץ מהאי רודוס בשנת 1933
    אם אפשר לקבל עוד פרטים או היכן אוכל למצאם
    [ לידה מוות נישואים ]

  76. January 9th, 2010

    larry posner:

    I have reached a dead end tracking my materal great great grandfather, Benjamin Alahadeff. In about 1901, he married Leah “Lucy” Franco (born about 1887). They had five children: Joseph, Sarah, Jack, Huskia. Benjamin died around 1910-1915.

  77. January 9th, 2010


    Hi Dan. I’m sending you the family registrations by email. It indicates that Mussani Franco was born in 1882 or 1883 and his parents were: Aron Franco and Rica Alhadeff. It indicates that Mazaltov Franco was born in 1893 or 1895 and her parents were: David Franco and Palomba Musafir. One of their children, Victor, was born in 1921 and moved to Buenos Aires.

    Regarding the other Franco family: It indicates that a Moshe Franco was born in 1882 and his parents were: Aron Franco and Rachel Amato. It indicates that Mazaltov Galante was born in 1886 and her parents were: Moshe Galante and Joya Codron.

  78. January 8th, 2010


    Hello, I’m doing some researches for a school project and I’d like to have some information about my great grandparents such as birthdates if possible please. Their names were Mussani and Matilda/ Mazal Tov Franco (née Franco) and Mussani and Matilda/ Mazal Tov Franco (née Galante) as well. Thank you.

  79. January 3rd, 2010

    Abraham Israel:

    Hi, Felicitation! you did a great contribution for the community of Rhodes. I am looking for documents and records of my ancestors, the family Israel of Rhodes. Thanks to all of you.

  80. December 25th, 2009

    Alex Franco:

    I’m a big fan of all the work you’ve done for the Rhodes Jewish Museum. Could you give my email to David, I may have some information for him (Bulissa Benatar is from my family too).

  81. December 14th, 2009

    Claudia Benhabib:

    Thank you very much. Previously we had no records about the parents of my grandparents.

  82. December 14th, 2009


    Hi Claudia. I located their family registration which I’ll email to you. It states that the parents of Fortunee were: Elia Soriano, born in 1871 and Rosha Levi, born in 1880. It also shows that: the parents of Elia Soriano were: Musani Soriano and Mazaltov Soriano, and the parents of Rosha Levi were: Isaac Levi and Rivca Bili(?).

  83. December 11th, 2009

    Claudia Benhabib:

    Hi. I’m visiting Rhodes on may/june 2010. My father Nissim Benhabib and my mother Sara Coen were borned there. Also my Grandparents: Fortuneé Soriano de Coen and Moisés Coen. I would like to know if you have any information of them. Thank you.

  84. December 11th, 2009


    I am very interested in finding out about my family. I found their name on a “restitution” web-site, and then I couldn’t find the web-site again. My grandmother was Flora Avzaradel –maiden name; her parents were sent to auschwitz I think. They were on the “restitution” website because they had land on Rhodes. My grandfather was leo hanan. One more thing ….. my grandmother’s (avzaradel) mother was a notrica.

  85. December 10th, 2009


    Thank you so much Aron, this website has been so informative. I can’t wait to come to Rhodes and revisit my grandmothers heritage.

  86. December 10th, 2009


    Hi David. I located their family registration which I’ll email to you. It shows that Matilda’s parents were Mussani Mizrahi (born in 1866) and Bulissa Benatar (born in 1880). It shows that Mussani’s parents were Isaac Mizrahi and Grazia Hazan. It shows that Bulissa’s parents were Jacob Benatar and Mazaltov Tarica.

  87. December 9th, 2009


    Hi i am trying to find out as much about my grandmother Matilda Mizrahi as I can. Her father was Mussani Mizrahi. If you have any information about her or their family I would be very grateful.

  88. December 6th, 2009

    Debbi Norrie:

    We will be visiting Rhodes in June 2010. My grand-parents were born there – Nelly (Esther) Capelouto and Victor (Haim) Israel. Apparently their family homes were right next door to each other in Rhodes. My late grandfather left Rhodes to live in Rhodesia – Gatooma -and was followed shortly afterwards by my grandmother. If you have any documents or information on my family, I would be most grateful to know about it. With thanks for your wonderful site.

  89. October 30th, 2009

    Gail Bunge:

    Your site is wonderful. My grandmother, Marie Hasson, is pictured in the Hasson family photo. Do you have any documents from the Hasson family? Raphael was the father, I am pretty sure. P.S. I also noticed a Carmona on this page. My father’s family is Carmona, from Turkey.

  90. October 14th, 2009

    גרסיה פונסקה:

    שלום לכולם, כמו שכבר כתבתי בפורום, התוודתי לאתר זה ממש בימים האחרונים,תכננו טיול משפחתי לרודוס ממש כבר השבוע, 15.10.09, ולצערנו אין לנו את כתובת הבית או חנות הירקות שהיו בבעלותם של משפחת אבי, אולי מישהו יוכל עזרו לנו?
    שמה של סבתי הוא גרסיה קורדובה, וסביר להניח שגם הוריה נולדו ברודוס, שאת שמם איני יודעת, אבי גם נולד ברודוס ושמו הוא אהרון בכר, ובנוסף יש לנו תמונות של המשפחה מלפני מלחמת העולם השניה, האם אפשר להעלות אותם לאתר?

    תודה רבה מראש!!

  91. October 13th, 2009


    We want to visit the Synagogue & Jewish Quarter, my grandfather was a vegetable shop in District name was Shlomo Bachar grandparents Mmsffht Cordova. I am looking for records from my grandparents, my grandfather was a vegetable shop in the district, his name was Shlomo Behar, grandparents Mmsffht Cordova. I will be visiting Rhodes soon at 16/10/2009, and we want to visit the Synagogue Quarter. Please let me know if you were able to locate any records from my family. Thank you so much. Regards, Aliza Arad

  92. October 12th, 2009


    Hi Linda. I found a document about the parents of your grandfather. His parents were: Jacob Pizanti (born in 1873) and Bulissa Arughetti (born in 1880). I will forward it to you.

  93. October 5th, 2009

    Linda Roth:

    Hi. I am going to be in Rhodes on the 16th of Oct. 2009. My grandfather was born there. I was interested to know if my family had any records or information. My grandfathers name was Victor Pizanti. If you have anything on the Pizanti family history I would love to know about it. Thank you.

  94. October 4th, 2009

    S. Renaud:

    Ke pekado, los komentarios son todos in ingles, muestros parientes avlavan todos djudesmo o djidio o espanyol segun lo ke lo yamavan. Esta lingua merese de ser avlada y guadrada para el honor de estos martyros assassinados. El Ijo de Rosa Capelluto.

  95. August 25th, 2009


    Hi Michael. I have 3 documents that I’m forwarding to your email address. They relate to: Abraham & Lunar Yerusalmi, Rafael & Violette Yerusalmi and Abraham and Miriam Yerusalmi. Have a good trip in Rhodes.

  96. August 24th, 2009

    Michael Nerenberg:

    I am looking for records from my great-grandparents, last name of Yerushalmi. I will be visiting Rhodes next summer (late May 2010), and would love to visit the shul and museum. Please let me know if you were able to locate any records from my family. Thank you so much.