The Rabbis of Rhodes

The Jewish communities of the Ottoman Empire operated as self-governing bodies, known as “millets”.  The Jews of Rhodes organized and conducted their communal life according to the teachings of the Jewish traditions.

Because they were so involved with Jewish law and custom, it was necessary for them to have teachers and scholars who could interpret and clarify the requirements of these laws.  Consequently, the rabbinic authorities were held in high regard and respect.

A “Chief Rabbi” was assigned to lead the rabbinic authorities.  For centuries, the small Sephardic community of Rhodes was fortunate in having a number of additional religious scholars.  There were many rabbis and “hahams” in Rhodes to serve the community.

Rhodes was always known for its traditional observance of Judaism.  In fact, from 1927 to 1937, Rhodes maintained a Rabbinical College which served the Aegean Sea area.

The last Chief Rabbi of Rhodes was Reuben Eliahu Israel.  He served the Jewish community from 1922 to 1932.  He was also the 12th descendant of the same religiously prominent family to serve as Rabbis, a succession which lasted over 200 years.  Rabbi Israel devoted a great part of his life to the translation in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) of psalms, proverbs, poems and religious works, such as the “Kryiat de Izhak” (The Sacrifice of Isaac) and the “Pirke Avot” (The Sayings of Our Fathers).

4 Rabbis who served during the early 20th Century

Rabbi Codron rabbi-yehuda-moshe-franco rabbi-yakov-capuya rabbi-reuben-eliahu-israel
1900 of Rabbi Chilebi Nissim Codron 1915 of Rabbi Yehuda Moshe Franco 1920 of Rabbi Yakov Capuya 1931 of Rabbi Reuben Eliahu Israel

The Rabbinical College

For centuries, the Jewish community of Rhodes held an important position both religiously and geographically.  It was home to the Romaniot Jewish community and later to the Sephardic Jewish community.  It was an “in-between” position for various Jewish communities of the Aegean Sea and Europe to the Holy Land.  It also developed an increased measure of importance relating to questions (“responsas”) for interpreting Jewish laws and practices.

In 1928 the Rabbinical College was established as the natural need for the development of a center for spiritual learning.  The school attracted professors and students from several countries and earned an international reputation.  Its graduates have played important roles in several Jewish communities.

Originally, the Rabbinical College was located in the Old City of Rhodes in the Jewish Quarter.  Later it was moved to larger premises in the New City of Rhodes.

In 1938 the College was closed down when the anti-Jewish laws were passed by the Governor of Rhodes.  In its relatively short existence, it had become one of the leading rabbinical seminaries among Sephardic communities.

1934 Rabbinical College of Rhodes

rabbinical-college-of-rhodes Students and Professors, left to right:Top row: Albert Fintz, Jacques Taraboulos, Moise Capelouto, Herzl Cohen, Rafael Capelouto, Haim Menashe, Moise Israel, Aron Angel and Moise Levy.
2nd row: Henri Camhi, David Harari, Prof. Calabro, Prof. Bergman, Prof. Marcus, Michel Sidis and Jacques Camhi.
Front row: Samuel Levy, Samuel Cohen, Prof. Breger, Director Pacifici, Prof. Azus, Robert Hanan and Haim Aboulafia.

1934 Diploma

Diploma of Rabbi Michael Albagli. He was born in Izmir, Turkey and graduated from the Rabbinical College in Rhodes. He later served as the Rabbi for the Rhodes Jewish communities of Los Angeles, California and later in Portland, Oregon. diploma
study-room reading-table professors
A study room of the Rabbinical College. This was a time when the Italian government was tolerant of Jewish activities. This is the reading table (known as the “teva”), which was used by the students for religious study. Professors, sitting, left to right: Rabbi Marcus Breger (Prof. of the Talmud), Riccardo Pacifici (the Director) and Shlomo Azus (Prof. of Shohet and Mohel). Standing left to right: Mr. C. Calabro (Prof. of Mathematics), Mr. F. Bergmann (Prof. of French) and Mr. Simon Marcus (Prof. of Hebrew).

The 4 Locations of the Rabbinical College

The first two locations were within the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the last two were in the New City.

first-location college rabbinical-college last-location
The first location was owned by the Alhadeff family on Calle de los Ricos. For a few years the College was housed in a building built by the Crusaders (the Hospice of Saint Catherine). The Rabbinical College located in the New City of Rhodes with the Aegean Sea in the background. Photo of the last location of the College, also located in the New City until it was closed in 1938.

1934 list of the Rabbinical students of Rhodes and their city of origin:

Name City
Aboulafia, Haim Izmir
Angel, Aharon Bourgas
Camhi, Jacques Alexandria
Capelouto, Moise Island of Cos
Capelouto, Raphael Rhodes
Cohen, Herzl Rhodes
Cohen, Samuel Izmir
Fintz, Albert Andrinople
Hanan, Robert Rhodes
Harari, David Alexandria
Iakoel, Moise Alexandria
Israel, Moise Rhodes
Kamri, Henri Cairo
Levy, Moise Rhodes
Levy, Samuel Rhodes
Menashe, Haim Rhodes
Romano, Maurice Sarajevo
Sidis, Michel Rhodes
Sutton, Mourad Aleppo
Taraboulos, Jacque Cairo

1932 of the funeral procession of Chief Rabbi Reuben Eliahu Israel.

The Extraordinary Israel Family Rabbinical Lineage

There was a unique family on the island of Rhodes which provided the Jewish community with a lineage of rabbis, all coming from the Israel family.  Please find below two charts of this family which has been compiled by Leon Taranto.



HaimYehudaIsrael 17-09-07

Tombs of the Rabbis

In the Jewish cemetery of Rhodes there is a separate section reserved for the Rabbis.  After entering the cemetery, it is the row of tombstones located immediately on the left after entering the cemetery.  To view photos of the tombstones and read their inscriptions, please select this link.

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50 Responses to “The Rabbis of Rhodes”

  1. April 5th, 2017

    Silvina Capuya:

    Mi nombre es Silvina Capuya, soy nieta de Roberto Capuya (hijo de Isaac y nieto del Rabbi Yacov Capuya) y Matilde Avram (Mazal por parte de madre). Estoy interesada en armar el árbol genealógico. Si alguien tiene información agradeceré me escriban a
    Gracias! Silvina.

  2. January 7th, 2017

    Lauren Lederman:

    To the previous moment by David Israel: my grandmother’s grandparents were Rahamim and Sol Franco, I am also related to Rabbi Moshe Franco so it seems we are family! I know you wrote in 2014 but should you see this, I would like to be in touch! Please contact me –

  3. March 25th, 2016

    Meir G. Gover:

    This is to Samuel Levy: If your dad Moise is from Rhodes, Please contact me.
    Meir G. Gover. Tel Aviv

  4. March 25th, 2016

    Meir G. Gover:

    to Bob Levy: Bob, you wrote that your dad Elie Levy is from Rhodes. Did you take the low cost Y37 Y chromosome saliva test @ I have a branch on my paternal side who arrived in Salonika 16th cen. from Spain. I wonder if you carry the same Y Haplogroup which I carry. Happy Purim to all.
    Please contact me: Meir G. Gover, Tel Aviv

  5. February 10th, 2016

    Myriam Alhadeff Feldman:

    Hello Bob. I am the daughter of David and Perla Alhadeff. My father was the nephew of your grandmother Lea, son of her sister Rachel, and the brother of Marie. My parents lived in Lubumbashi (Elisabethville), Congo and Rome, Italy.

    Rabbi Chilibi Codron is my great-great grand father on my mother side and my great grandfather on my father side.

  6. January 23rd, 2016

    Bob Levy:

    Keith, it is very interesting to find relatives who descended from my Great Granfather, Rabbi Nissim (Papu) Chilibi Codron.
    His daughter Lea was my maternal grandmother.
    Lea married Solomon Amato and had 7 children.
    My mother, Violette married Elie Levy, also from Rhodes.
    They were able to leave Rhodes in 1936. My mother left with her mother to stay with my uncle Issac Amato in Paris until she moved to Elizabethville to marry. They had 2 children, Rica and Solomon, and in 1947 they emigrated to Atlanta, GA where my mother had another brother and 3 sisters. I am the only one in my family born in America. My Grandmother lived with us, and I spoke Ladino fluently.

  7. May 23rd, 2015

    Keith Codron:

    Like Rabbi Yosi Aronson, I am also a great-great-grandson of Rabbi Nissim Chilibi Codron. My grandfather was Solomon (“Shlomo”) Codron, who was born in Rhodes in 1889, and emigrated to New York City in 1909 at the age of 20. I believe that Nissim’s son was named Isaac. After Isaac’s first wife died, Isaac married Rika, per Jewish law or custom. Solomon was the son of Isaac’s second wife, Rika, Solomon married Victoria Ben-Veniste in 1909, in New York. Victoria was also born and raised in Rhodes, and her marriage to my grandfather was arranged in Rhodes, though the marriage took place in New York. My father’s name is Isaac. I now live in southern California, but was born in NYC and raised on Long Island. I am planning to visit Rhodes in July, 2016, and would very much like to hear from anyone else who might be visiting the Jewish Quarter of Old Town next summer.

  8. February 12th, 2015

    Renee Rousso Chernin:

    Rabbi Nissim Chilibi Codron’s yharzeit is this coming week, the 26 of Shevat which falls on Sun. Feb 15, 2015. He was a righteous person from Rhodes, so I plan on visiting his grave in the old cemetery in Tiberias on the yahrzeit. If any Codron family would like me to mention their name at the graveside I will be happy to. He was related to some Roussos. I’m not sure if they were my family, though. I would also be interested to know something about Rabbi Codron. It is said he was very close to Rabbi Avraham Abuchatzeira, who has an impressive burial site almost next to the modest but refurbished one of Rabbi Codron.

  9. December 5th, 2014

    Rabbi Yosi Aronson:

    I am the great great grandson of Rabbi Nissim Chilibi Codron. He immigrated to Israel around 1900 and passed away in 1906. I found his grave in the old cemetery in Tiberius.

  10. August 20th, 2014

    Bettina Benatar:

    This is a reply to Samuel Levy: Would you please contact me per email: We are related and I had spoken to an elderly greek man living in Rhodes about your mother a few years ago.

  11. August 18th, 2014

    Samuel Levy:

    I am the son of Moise and Solly (Sol Benatar) Levy. My mother was the daughter of Mussa and Mathilda Benatar the parents of Gabriel, Joseph, David and Michael.
    Kol Hakavod for the great job. Samuel

  12. July 10th, 2014

    Ron Israel:

    I, too, am a descendant of Rabbi Reuben Eliahu Israel. He was my 3rd great uncle (the uncle of my paternal grandfather, Morris N. Israel). I am so proud to be part of this great legacy and marvel at all the information about our family.

    Marisa Dichter–we must be cousins. I trust you completed your college paper! Did you get dual citizenship?

    Alessandra Franco–I live in Carlsbad, CA, just up the road from you. (I believe you are my first cousin twice removed’s husband’s second cousin once removed–we connect through the Capouya’s to the Galante’s to the Mayo’s (my maternal grandfather was Victor Mayo). If you care to contact me and connect the dots, I can be reached through my work email:

    Whom have I missed? Muchos y buenos,

  13. April 15th, 2014


    Hi Aron, Thank you for this wonderful site, I have been reading it for 3 hours now, and it is facsinating. I think there was one more rabbi who served the community between 1911-1912, that was Yehuda Nissim Danon who came from Jerusalem. He was my great grandfather. In my family, we don`t have too much information about his mission to Rhodos, except that it was short, and during his mission there, my grandfather was born, and was named after the Italian king Vittorio Emmanuelle (probably a family legend because his name was Yaakov…) and by being born in Rhodos, my granfather broke a leaniage of 6 generation of Danons who were born in Jerusalem. After returing to Jerusalem, Yehuda Nissim Danon was a chief Rabbi (Rishon LeZion), the last one who was under Ottoman rule.
    Many thanks for this site! Jag Sameaj,
    Sharon (Israel)

  14. March 20th, 2014


    Hi Karen. There was a Romano Jewish family (Jacob, the son of Haim) who lived on the island of Cos (Kos) which is near the island of Rhodes. I will send you a document of that family from 1927. Good luck with your family research.

  15. March 19th, 2014

    Karen Carson:

    My knowledge recently of Jewish ancestry has led me to search further. My Great Grandmother was a Romano. I do not have any information other than she came from Sicily prior to the United States immigration. In the future it is hoped to find more information on the family. Family Tree DNA assisted me in learning of my 100% Jewish DNA. Thanks for the website and the photos.

  16. February 14th, 2014

    Howard Franco:

    Great great grand father was Abraham Franco.
    Great grand father was Raphael Isaac Franco married to Miriam cohen…Raphael on Rhodes cemetery list died 1919.
    Grandfather was Haim Franco married to Behora Leah cohen.
    Haim had a brother Joseph and Rahamin.
    Sister hanula there were other sisters but do not know names nor where or what happened to them…and they were older,,,,this I know from pictures.
    Hanula and Joseph both died in holocaust.
    Also had a great uncle David n.y where are you from?

  17. February 12th, 2014

    David Israel:

    in reply to Howard Franco: From my mothers side I am a descendent of Grand Rabbi Musa (Moshe Franco and his wife Perla. My mother’s grand father was Rahamim Franco who passed away in Istanbul and buried there, his wife Sol Franco passed away in New York. If you can tell me the names of your grand parents from the Franco side I may be able to verify your lineage to Musa Franco.

  18. February 11th, 2014

    Marisa Dichter:

    To Leon. Rabbi Reuben Eliyahu Israel is my great-great-great grandfather. RABBI REUBEN ELIYAHU ISRAEL –> RABBI SHMUEL BEN YAACOB ISRAEL –> EZRA ISRAEL (emigrates to Seattle, WA USA) –>SAM ISRAEL (my grandfather) –> GINA ISRAEL-DICHTER (mother) –> MARISA & LAUREN DICHTER (still reside in Seattle, WA). I’m going to be in Barcelona, Spain in a couple days and may attempt to apply for my dual Spanish citizenship. Hope this information will be enough! Best regards, Marisa

  19. December 17th, 2013

    alessandra franco:

    Hi Leon. thank you for writing. Yes, my Father is buried (on his request) in Rodhos. To have a Mignan, my brothers Giuseppe and Marco had the Rav and “missing men” traveling from Athens.
    My mom, Claudia Nissim, who’s family is from Thessaloniki, is the cousin of Sylvette, wife of Uncle Herzl.
    My Father left in my hands many precious books from the Ravs GreatGranfathers, if you will visit California I would be glad to have you over for dinner (glat kosher:-).
    It would be great to make it for the celebrations in July, meanwhile….Chai to the loving memory of all our Fathers. My regards to your Mom and the rest of the family.

  20. December 15th, 2013

    Leon Taranto:

    Hi Alessandra — We’re Capouya cousins, specifically third cousins. Rabbi Yaakov (Jacob\Giacobbe) Capouya (Capuya\Capuia) was the brother of my great-grandfather Raphael Sabetay Capouya. It was my great pleasure to know your Uncle Herzl Franco, of whom I was very fond. My family has for many decades, much longer than half a century been very close with the Rabbi Capouya’s descendants in the Tourial family. I knew from my mom’s sister Violet that your father Aaron Franco died in 2005 in Athens. I did not realize that he was buried in the cemetery on Rhodos. One thing that is pleasantly notable is that the 8 children you identified for Rachel Capouya and Joseph Chai Franco — your father and his 7 siblings — were blessed with a very full lifespan, 93 years on average. Mashala, and for their children and grandchildren as well ….

  21. December 14th, 2013

    alessandra franco:

    Shalom! Rav Capouya was my GreatGranfather. My Grandparents, Joseph Chai Franco and Rachel Capouya had many children: Reuben, Sol, Marie, Liv, Hillel, Herzel, Aaron and Laura Franco. My father, Aaron Franco, is resting in peace in the Cemetery in Rodhos. He spent in Congo most of his life.
    Joseph…hi dear cousin. Rav Franco was also our GreatGranfather. I am Alessandra Franco and I live in Del Mar, California where I moved from Rome.
    Wishing all Beracha’ y salud….

  22. November 25th, 2013

    Howard Franco:

    Reading up on Rabbis in Israel i notced that there was a Rabbi Rahamin Franco also from Rhodes and as Moshe Franco was the chief Sephardic rabbi Rahamin had a prominent role as well. We should be proud that a Rhodesli was chief Sephardic rabbi in Israel circa 1929. Looking at this picture of Rabbi Moshe Franco it is the same face as my father and grandfather,,,and yet never heard mention of Rabbis of such prominence.
    Curious if any other Franco families have participated in the DNA research project?

  23. November 24th, 2013

    Nick Bogiatzis:

    It is good to see such work being done on the Jewish community in Rhodes. Is anyone aware of information on the Jewish community of the Dodecanese island of Kastellorizo (Megisiti)? They would have had strong links with the Rhodian community. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Nick

  24. June 20th, 2013

    Joseph Cohen:

    To Leon Taranto: Just read your message and responded on your e-mail address. I am indeed the yougest son of Sol and Albert and looking forward to learn more about your extensive work on the Capouya family tree.

  25. April 2nd, 2013

    Leon Taranto:

    To Joseph Cohen: I would like to follow-up with you concerning your message on our Capouya/Capuya family. I have developed a 1550+ person tree for our Capouya family, on which I have been working for almost 20 years. I would be interested in comparing information with you. If your parents are Sol Franco and Albert Cohen, I have you in our tree. I was pleased to have the honor of speaking quite a bit, and corresponding and spending time with your Uncle Herzl Franco, Yes, I am on Facebook, so you can reach me there. Alternatively, Aron Hasson can place you in contact with me. Or you can write to me at Please contact me. Leon Taranto

  26. April 2nd, 2013

    Leon Taranto:

    To Marisa Dichter: Several different sources, including the book by Marc Angel on the Jews of Rhodes, refer to King Victor Emmanuel’s knighting of Rabbi Reuben Eliyahu Israel, the last of his family to serve as Grand Rabbi of Rhodes from the very early 1700s to his death around 1931. How are you related? If you can provide the specifics to me, I would be pleased to add you to our extensive family tree. Leon Taranto

  27. March 31st, 2013

    Marisa Dichter:

    I’m in the middle of writing a genealogy report for a college course and this Website has proven to be really helpful!

    I am a direct descendant of Rabbi Reuben Eliyahu Israel, he is my great great great grandfather. I currently reside in Seattle, WA. According to my family, Rabbi Reuben Eliyahu Israel was honored by the King of Italy at some point, have you found any proof of that?


  28. January 7th, 2013

    Joseph Cohen:

    To: Elias Gateno Capuya, Judith Brudner, Alberto Capuya, Leon Taranto (and others..) I just read your messages. It appears that we are far cousins since our great grand father was Rabbi Yaacov Capuya. I have made extensive research on my origins and established a genealogy tree on If you are interested, please contact me. Are you on Facebook? Joseph Cohen, living in Paris

  29. December 28th, 2012

    Solomon Azouz:

    Thank you for the great work! My grandfather’s grandfather is Shlomo Azus (pictured). I am trying to get some more information on where he was from. Any other documents or information that mention him?

  30. November 27th, 2012

    al maimon:

    i just found this part of the site- a very impressive work.i want to study it more before making a comprehensive comment, but for now, i have two comments:
    1- jack raiton, a voice from the past, hi, i hope you read this, we grew up close to each other for awhile… and have lost touch, i hope all is well with you, lo’ores alDio, we’re doing well… i’d love to hear from you and “catch up” the last 50 or 60 years…
    2- fyi, about the origins of the name gallant(e or i), i have found it told in a book called shem hagedolim, a very significant bibliographic/ biographic work, written at the end of the 18th century by a rabbi haim yosef david azulai. he writes that, in about the 15th, early 16th century, the name gallant(e/i) was taken by a rabbi, rabbi moshe, in rome, where his father had dealings at court, and he made a very positive impression there because of his demeanor, presence and values and he was called “il gallant”, and from then on, his family name became gallant(e/i) instead of his original name angel…

  31. August 19th, 2012


    Wow. What an amazing piece of work! My father has been in posession of a huge photo of an original painting of his great great grandfather rabbi Michael yaakov ISRAEL. We havent been able to find out more abour him until now. All we knew was that he was a chief rabbi of rhodos. What a tremendous zechut to finally see our lineage. I would love to know where I could find more information regarding any family as we have no connection with this extremely rich heritage. Again – thanks for the amazing family tree. We can now trace our lineage all the way to the 1500s!

  32. July 28th, 2012

    Gabriel Capuia:

    Mis bisabuelos vinieron a Argentina Buenos Aires en el 1900 desde esmirna turquia.
    Me gustaria conocer sobre mi familia parterna quienes puedan aportar informacion les dejo mi email. desde ya muchas gracias

  33. October 30th, 2011

    Elias Gateño Capuya:

    Judith: Soy hijo de Guilson Capuya de Gateño hija del Rabino Jacob Capuya. Ella tenia un hermano, Isaac, que vivía en Argentina seria para mi un gusto comunicrme contigo. Yo se que mi mama tenia varias hermanas y hermanos. Bolisa, Sarina, yo nací en Asuncion, Paraguay.

    Mi correo:

    Nos vemos pronto.

  34. September 25th, 2011

    liba breger feuerstein:

    dear aron,
    felicitations as well as congratulations, all honor–kol ha-kavod–are due you and your work regarding the jewish community of rhodes. may 5772 be a year bounded by sweetness, robust health and friendship among all jews, all israel and may the world gain the joy of a honeyed peace.

    liba breger feuerstein

  35. December 7th, 2010

    Judith Brudner:

    I want to know about my grandmother Amada Kaplan, born in Rhodes, married to Isaac Capuya. They emigrate to Argentina.
    Para Roberto Capuya, como hago para comunicarme contigo? por favor mandame un mail a mi casilla
    soy Judith, la hija de Maruca

  36. December 5th, 2010

    Jack Raiton:

    My maternal grandmother, born in Rhodes and later came to the USA, was Hanula Israel Angel. Her parents (my great grandparents)and her siblings all remained in Rhodes and presumably perished during World War II. Her parents (my great grandparents) were Samuel Israel and Rizula Cohen Israel.

    Do you have any records of Samuel Israel, Rizula Cohen Israel or their children (other than Hanula)?


    Jack Raiton
    Portland, Oregon

  37. October 17th, 2010

    Carol Gallant Marks:

    I believe that the name, Galante that I saw on a stone tablet on the facade of the synagogue might be my ancestor who I was told had been a Chief Rabbi of Spain during the Inquisition. I know there were Galante families on Rhodes in the 1900’s, but I can’t find a reference to the stone tablet on the synagogue that seemed to be of the founding families. Do you have any information about this?

    I have been reading about the Jewish exodus from Rhodes to Buenos Aires. I was om Buenos Aires several years ago, and met a member of the synagogue, who told me that there were Galante members there. I also noted about 50 Galante names in the phone book. How do I know if these are related to my family? Thank You

  38. October 4th, 2010

    Sara Varzan:

    Judith, I just realized that our great great grandfather was a Rabi, what a blessing. I also want to know more about our family so if anyone has information please share it with us. all the best

  39. September 30th, 2010

    Jack Raiton:

    My mother was Katherine Angel of Seattle, daughter of Ralph Angel and his wife, Hanulah, both originally from Rhodes.

    I notice Aharon Angel of Bourgas and Aron Angel, who attended the Rabbinical College of Rhodes in 1934. Do you have any further information on these two gentlemen? Are they related to Ralph (Raphael) Angel, my grandfather and father of my mother. Ralph’s father’s name was Yehudi and his mothers name was sometimes Boulisa Esther and sometimes Kaden (my mother’s and granddaughter’s Hebrew name)Esther.

    I grew up in Seattle at the Ezra Bessaroth, first on Fir St and then in the Seward Park area. Oddly, I had my Bar Mitzvah at the Sephardic Bikur Cholem (Rabbi Maimon) because EB was in the process of moving from Fir St to the Seward Park area. I now attend Neveh Shalom in Portland.

    Thank you, Jack Raiton of Portland, Oregon

  40. September 19th, 2010


    I have a list of the students, which includes your brother. It states his name as “Maurizio Romano” and it says that he was from “Sarajevo”. I’ll email the copy of the page to you.

  41. September 19th, 2010

    Romano Jakob:

    I am the brother of Romano Maurice from Sarajevo who studied in Rhodes in 1934 and you mentioned in the list in your site. do you have any document of his studies? Shana Tova sincerly yours, Jacob Romano, ISRAEL

  42. September 4th, 2010

    romano raphael:

    Jewish museum of Rhodes: In the list of the graduate of the 1934 year, you published on your site, appears the name of my father Romano Maurice from Sarjevo. I wonder if you have more infromation about his studies? what was he studied? how many and where did he go when he finished the studies. Do you know what did he do un the period before world war 2. Thank you in advance. yours, raphel romano

  43. July 25th, 2010

    liba breger feuerstein:

    Dr. Marcus Breger, rabbi and professor of Talmud, later Av Bet Din–in Rhodes– distinguished himself in many fields. A collossus, he strode many worlds. Mussolini invited R. Breger to Collegio Rabbinico and exiled him from it. He secured refuge -together w/ his wife, Dr Bertha Breger and his daughter, born in Rhodos, in Tucson, Arizona–til he enlisted in the U.S. army even though he was an enemy alien. Rising from Private to Major–highest ranking Jewish chaplain in the Pacific area. Receiving Army-Air Force commendation for providing kosher l’pesach food and wine for the Jews in Shanghai and other Jewish refugee enclaves, Dr Breger returned to serve as rabbi in the town that offerred haven to his family after his expulsion from Rhodes. He served as Mara D’atra of much of Jewry in the American southwest founding most of the Jewish communal organizations. Upon his retirement from the active rabbinate life, r.Breger taught Jewish Studies at the University of Missouri. Returning to Tucson, my father founded the Judaica Dep’t at the University of Arizona. A man of extraordinary accomplishment, he remained a teacher and mentor till his dying hours. His ultimate hours he spent in editing a text, The Jews of Rhodes, m. angel.
    The University of Arizona has established a rabbinics library–mostly from his personal library, some of which date back to the halcyon days in Rhodos. A lecture series at the university is dedicated to his and my mom’s memories. Remembered as the chief rabbi of the Southwest and, of course, Arizona, my father led a Kollel for all the rabbis of the area in Talmud. The crown of a good name brings nachat to all…..My father bore that crown most humbly….

  44. July 20th, 2010

    Moshe G.:

    my great great grandfather was Rabbi Nissim Codron. is he related to Rabbi Capuya? if yes, how? my great grandfather was Yaacov Codron, married my great grandmother Mazal-Tov Alaluf, also from Rhodes. they immigrated to the Belgium Congo by world war 2.

  45. July 19th, 2010

    Judith Brudner:

    Alberto, claro que me acuerdo de vos, sos el hermano de Raquelita, como andan todos? Estoy muy interesada en saber cosas de nuestros antepasados, como y cuando llegaron a America, porque vinieron, donde vivian en Rodhes, TODO lo que sepas por favor. Con el que mas contacto tengo es con Davy Coen. Lo del apellido de la abuela Amada ya se, me equivoque al escribir.

    For Leon Taranto, you are right, my grandma was Sara, so you are my mother’s third cousin. How can I do to get that tree that you are talking about? I would love to share information with you!!!

  46. July 18th, 2010

    Alberto (Beto) Capuya:

    Querida Judith. Asumo que sos hija de mi prima “maruca” Miriam Varzan y nieta de Sara Capuya que fue hermana de mi padre Roberto Capuya y tia mia. El rabino Jacob Capuya fue el padre de mi abuelo Isaac quien estuvo casado con Amada Caplan (no Cohen). Por lo tanto Jacob Capuya seria tu bisabuelo materno. No tengo demasiada información. pero si puedo ayudarte lo hare con gusto. besos para todos

  47. May 2nd, 2010

    Leon Taranto:

    For Judith Brudner: I have developed an extensive tree for our Capouya (Capuya/Capuia) family, through which we are cousins. Your grandmother Sara Capuya was a granddaughter to Yaacov (Jacob) Capuya (rabbi of the Kahal Gadol on Rhodes), making you his great-great-granddaughter. His brother Raphael was my great-grandfather.

  48. April 8th, 2010


    Yes, you’re correct, the last location of the Rabbinical College is located at the end of Laskou street in the New City of Rhodes.

  49. April 8th, 2010

    Magnus Alkarp:

    First of all: this is a really impressive site. Nearly as impressing as your museum. (I visit Rhodes every year). I have a question about the photo of the last location of the Rabbinical College. The building seems very familiar to me. Is it at Laskou street, close to Papalouka?

  50. February 1st, 2010

    Judith Brudner:

    I am a descendant from Yakov Capuya, he might be my gret grandfather, I live in Paraguay, South America and my grandfather was Isaac Capuya, who came to Argentina, married to Amada Cohen. I would like to know more about my ancesters and the only person that could tell me, is already dead, my grandmother, but even she didn’t know much because she was born in Argentina.