Who’s Going

Are You Headed To Rhodes?

Connect with other people going to Rhodes.  Throughout the year, “Rhodeslis” (Jews born in Rhodes), and their children and grandchildren visit Rhodes.  Sometimes families meet each other by coincidence during their visits, experiencing a special moment of “allegria”.  Other times families miss each other by days or hours because they did not know they were also there at the same time.  This page is developed to create a link for those interested in making that special connection with other “Rhodeslis” traveling to “La Juderia”.

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106 Responses to “Who’s Going”

  1. January 3rd, 2016


    (from the “Who’s Going?” page): I went many times to Rhodes, last time (2007?). I visited the synagogue and I saw the place of jewish martyrs; My grand father David Masliah was rabbi of synagogue from 1922 to 1930 and he liked very much Rhodes but after he went to Paris to join his family. He died in Paris in 1940. His pupils from Rhodes wrote poems on his tomb in hebrew.

  2. September 29th, 2015

    Àndi Colley:

    I am Andi Colley and from South Africa. I was with some Rhodeslis at Herzlia School in Cape Town. I finished school in 1973. I know a few people from Cape Town with roots on Rhodes, and I am cruising in March 2016 and my ship will be in Rhodes on Friday 18th March, 2016. Would love to meet any Jews there at the time and explore Jewish Rhodes if possible. Anyone in Johannesburg have any books about it? Thanks, Andi.

  3. September 29th, 2015

    Rachelle Galanti Parker:

    My husband, Nathan Parker, and I will be in Rhodes from Oct 14-17 2015 We are staying at the Avalon Hotel. I hope to have a tour of the old Jewish section and cemetery where my great grandmother, whom I was named after was buried. Her name was Rahel Notrica and she married Binyamino Galanti. My family emigrated to Atlanta Ga from Izmir, Turkey around 1918. We would love to meet up with some people who are also interested in doing 1/2 or full day walking or other tours. We live in New York City but grew up in Atlanta. My family and I are members of the Or VeShalom Synagogue in Atlanta. Email:rgparker50@gmail.com Please get in touch if you will be in Rhodes when we will be.

  4. September 8th, 2015

    sal cohen:

    will be in Rhodes starting on Sept. the 10th thru the 16th. My grandparents are originally from the island. I’m from seattle

  5. August 17th, 2015

    Tania Soibelman:

    Hi, I am from Brasil, granddaughter of Felix Hasson and Clara Alhadeff Hasson, daughter of Lea Hasson from Rio. Went to Rhodes twice and visited the sinagogue and my grandmother’s house…always wanted to come back and stay for some time. I will be in the island from August 19 to 31st, if anyone wants to meet please email taniario@gmail.com
    (Aron, my mom sends regards… and thanks)

  6. August 16th, 2015

    Leon Taranto:

    My wife and I are planning a trip for late Sept. and possibly the start of October to either Greece or Italy. If we go to Greece, we will surely visit Rhodes (where I visited back in 1981). Our daughter, who moved to Israel last October and made aliyah this past March, will join us, before entering service with the IDF. Will anyone else be going to Rhodes around the time of our visit? If so, I would love to hear from you. Also, can anyone recommend places to stay, and provide any tips for air travel from Athens to Rhodes, and then from Rhodes to Turkey (maybe to Marmaris, where one of my cousins from Izmir works, or Bodrum).

    My father Dr. Morris Taranto was born there, as were his 10 siblings, his parents, and his Capouya grandparents. Some earlier ancestors of my dad’s also lived in Rhodes, including Rhodes Grand Rabbi Moshe Israel (167-1740) and his son-in-law Rabbi Mordecai Crespin (Krespin). My mother’s grandmother, Behora Rachel Capelluto (wed to Leon Oumano) was also from Rhodes, and were her parents (Capelluto and Alhadeff) and grandparents (Capelluto, Alhadeff, Franco).

  7. July 8th, 2015

    Giovanna Coen:

    Diego and I will be in Rhodes this year as well for the memorial events of the Shoà. Will be there from July 19-26. It would be nice meeting there!

  8. June 21st, 2015

    Jeanette Benveniste:

    I am not going , but my cousin, Lisa Russo is getting married there this week-end. She is the daughter of my first cousin, Patrick Russo, son of Marco Russo, and the daughter of Francoise Russo (nee Franco). Lisa is marrying Emmanuel Simon. They will marry in the Synagogue Kahal Shalom and the reception will be in A Rodia Kallithea.

  9. June 10th, 2015

    tom klein:

    i’ll be in rhodes for shabbat, july 18th, with some members of the Levy/Menashe clan.

  10. May 23rd, 2015

    Arlana Angel:

    I will be staying in Rhodes June 10th-12th. Hoping to run into others visiting.

  11. April 15th, 2015

    David Harris:

    My cruise stops at Rhodes in June 2015. It is here that a cousin of my grandfather, Rabbi Marcus Breger, was a Professor of the Talmud in 1934. He arrived in America in 1939 and served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Armed Services. It will be interesting to see where he taught and lived with his wife and daughter in the mid-1930s.

  12. April 1st, 2015

    Aaron Alhadeff:

    I will be going to Rhodes at the end of April 2015. My grand father and grand mother were born there.

  13. March 31st, 2015

    carmen cadranel:

    Hello, we are very excited to go to Rhodes this summer in mid June and look forward to seeing where our family is from. Cadranel, Capeluto, Capuano. We would be interested in a walking tour with others!

  14. March 26th, 2015

    Sara Benveniste:

    Thank you to Aron Hasson for his organization and preservation of this heritage. Thank you for the interesting contributors.
    I am hoping to put together a family blog with photos and geneology of our Benveniste family. Joseph Benveniste was my father’s father from Rhodes and he was the baby of 9 siblings. Two others were Isaac and Asher. He was married to Margaret Albohaire and they traveled to Seattle before the Holocaust.
    Any information and connections people can send me are welcome. Joseph’s father was Rahamin and mother Ra’ela. Margaret’s parents were Aaron and Esther Alalouf. I think a couple of Joseph’s siblings went to South America.
    Also I am planning on visiting Rhodes this October if anyone is going. Gracias.
    Sara sbenveniste@mac.com

  15. March 6th, 2015

    Benjamin di Liscia y Avzaradel:

    My wife, Angele and I will return to Rhodes in June 2015…I was born there,a parDi

  16. March 3rd, 2015

    Joseph Benatar:

    Hello, my name is Joseph Benatar, going to Rhodes, May 2015. My father, Morris J. Benatar was born there in 1905. His mother, Mazalto Tarica and his father, Joseph Benatar was also born there. My father, his mother, sister, Regina and brother, Jack emigrated to Seattle around 1913 with the help of my great uncle, Dr. Harry Tarica. Looking for extended families of Benatar’s and Tarica’s. e-mail j-jkeyes@ comcast.net or phone (530)701-6939.

  17. February 3rd, 2015

    Lesley and Gerry Temple:

    Shalom Chaverim. We are London born and raised and Lesley’s family are long standing (300 years) Sephardim of the Spanish and Portuguese community – family name Genese.

    I’m Gerry and an Ashkenazi who is a deeply involved and active member of he S&P community in London (Bevis Marks, Maida Vale and Wembley synagogues plus the Beth Holim in Wembley).

    We have booked to be in Rhodes from 24th June 2015 for a ten day holiday and are very excited about exploring the Juderia, the Museum and and the synagogue. Will there be a Shabbat service on Shabbat Chukat on 27th June? Will Isaac be in Rhodes and be able to lead a tour of the Juderia?

    Looking forward to visiting and remembering the impact of the Holocaust on the Jews of Rhodes in this the 70th year since the liberation of Aushwitz.

    Lesley and Gerry Temple

  18. January 18th, 2015


    hello my name is joaquin hazan and I’m coming to Rhodes the 17th of February and I wonder if they can open up the synagogue and kahal museum chalom since I’m from Argentina and my grandparents are from the island of Rhodes from already thank you very much I will be staying avalon at the hotel but have no problem finding myself in the door I do not speak English but I just want the experience to be where my grandparents grew up. thank you

  19. October 1st, 2014

    Jack Benoun:

    My wife and I were in Rhodes at the end of May until June 2,2014. The book by Aron Hasson titled ” Jewish Quarter of Rhodes” is an absolute MUST if you are going to Rhodes. The reasons for this recommendation are too numerous and wordy. The bottom line is that we would have been lost without it. The book is worth having as part of your library even if you are not going to Rhodes. Thanks Aron for all your hard work! Jack Benoun

  20. August 15th, 2014

    Al Shemarya:

    I’m part of a group from Portland and Seattle touring Turkey and Rhodes……We take a ferry from Marmaras, Turkey to Rhodes on Sep 9…we’ll be at the Mediterranean Hotel till the 13th. Friday night services at Kahal Shalom. I’m a Rhodesli thru and thru…..Mama and Papa were born there and this will be my 5th trip back. Looking forward to a great time with a great group of people.

    Al Shemarya, Seattle (Siatli)

  21. July 6th, 2014


    Will be in Rhodes for vacation July 12-17 and would love to learn more about the Jewish community while there! Can be reached da2360@columbia.edu

  22. June 7th, 2014

    Samuel (Gil) Franco:

    Message is for Monica: I very much look forward to meeting with you in Rhodes.

  23. June 4th, 2014


    Having never been to Rhodes, I am investigating a visit around the time of the 70th memorial. Will any Francos be going. My grandparents were Sol and David Franco from Harare, Zimbabwe.

  24. May 19th, 2014

    Michelle Langer:

    Could someone help with advice on how to get to Rhodes from Tel Aviv for a reasonable price? Also, any suggestions for hotels? My family will be traveling to Rhodes in early July. My mom’s maiden name is Hanan and her father, Israel, was born there. Her mom’s maiden name was Gabay and she was from Istanbul (Constantinople). Thanks!

  25. May 16th, 2014

    Adi Alhadeff:

    Coming to rhodes for the first time on 1st of june, with my father Enrico Alberto Alhadeff, son of Issac and Rachel Alhadeff.

  26. May 13th, 2014


    All four of my grandparents came to the US of A from the Island of Rhodes. I am finally going to visit the Island this year July 9 – 11. I live in Portland Oregon and would be interested in meeting other families traveling to Rhodes too. I am related to Menashes, Notricas, Capeloutos.

  27. March 11th, 2014


    in reply to the Moshe Turiel post of 6.21.12: your uncle Behor Moshe Touriel is my grand father. He had 4 children. Joseph, Rose my mother, Emily and Gabriel. Your grandparents where Joseph Turiel and Rizula Alhadeff. Rizulla was the daughter of Mordech Alhadeff and Mazaltov Hasson. Joseph Turiel was the son of Behor Moshe Touriel and Estrea Cohen.Behor died in 1866.Joseph was born in 1862 and his eldest son Behor Moshe Turiel was born in 1890. His wife Hanulla Hasson was born in 1892. They migrated to Seattle where all 4 of their children resided. There youngest son Gabriel Touriel is now 84 and resides in Tacoma Washington with his wife Trudy. Trudy is an only child whose parents imegrated from Austria to Bolivia.
    You may contact me at sherman@SHERMANYOUNG.COM

  28. March 5th, 2014

    Susan E. Hasson - from Seattle:

    This past weekend, the movie “The Longest Journey,” was presented at Seattle’s Jewish Film Festival….the theatre was filled, and there was not a dry eye in the place. The movie is about the deportation of the Jewish Community of Rhodes in 1944. If you get a chance to see it, it is extermely memorable. Bring kleenex.

    Prior to the movie, I was in the process of checking out the details on the Rhodes 70th Anniversary Memorial being held in Rhodes July 23 – 27, 2014. I had decided I was going to attend, and now I know I am going. Please let me know if anyone else is doing the same. I have my airline tickets, and now I am checking out hotels. If anyone else is planning to attend, please let me know your hotel arrangements….my email: surehappy1@aol.com. Hope to see many others in Rhodes this summer!
    Susan E. Hasson, Seattle, WA. hija de Rafael B. Hasson, born January 31, 1920 in Rhodes.

  29. December 21st, 2013

    Jack Benoun:

    My wife and I will be in RHODES from May 27 to June 2, 2014. My parents were Albert and Esther Benoun (Huniu-Israel). All four of my grandparents and my mother were born in Rhodes. Please email me Jack@Benoun.com if you like to meet us. Our home is near Sacramento, California. My father was president of Sephardic Hebrew Center in LA, California. Jack

  30. October 30th, 2013


    My mother was born in Rhodos on 1929. We will visit Rhodos on Nov. 7th till Nov. 10th. My mother name was then Maria Mizrahi. Her father’s name Eliezer Mizrahi & the mother Esther. She has 2 sisters: Matilda & Rachel. My mobile no. is : +972-54-4601712. Please contact: leah.group@malca-amit.com We live in Israel.

  31. August 14th, 2013

    Danny Jassen:

    I will be in Rhodes with my family for Hol Hamoed Sukkot. My great-grandmother Pearla Franco was born in Rhodes before immigrating to Seattle in 1910.

  32. August 3rd, 2013

    Charly Pambu Notrica:

    To “Carole Levin nee Notrica”, did your father David Notrica also named “Charly”? live in Congo Belguim (leopoldville, currently Kinshasa) and had some shops called “etablissement davnot au Congo”? And died around 1983 or 1986? Also had a son (your brother) who could be now a doctor? Please contact: charly.pambu@gmail.com or davnot90@hotmail.com

  33. July 20th, 2013

    Lisa Bendzsa:

    I will be visiting Rhodes with my husband and 2 sons from August 12th for 10 days, and would like to meet up with anyone else who may be visiting. My gandparents were Benjamin Levy and Elisa Benatar, who married in the Congo and moved to Cape Town in the 1960s. Their parents were Behor and Behora Levy (nee Codron), and Elie and Rachel Benatar (nee Mizrahi). Please contact: lisabendzsa@hotmail.com

  34. July 13th, 2013

    Albert and Sue Israel:

    My husband, Albert and I will be in Rhodes October 21, 2013. We will be cruising on the ship Nautica. My husband’s mother, Bella Coen Israel, was born on the island of Rhodes. Her parents are Nissim and Leah Coen. We are going to take a taxi tour with Rhodes Private Tour. If anyone else is going to be on this cruise, please contact us. Sue swi9116@aol.com

  35. June 16th, 2013

    Bettina Benatar Luetgerath:

    I am the daughter of Alexander Benatar, son of Nissim Benatar and Rosa Hasson. My father was born in 1914 and raised in Rhodes. He studied medicine in Italy in the 1930s and immigrated to the US in 1947 and settled in Los Angeles in 1954. I will be in Rhodes from June 21st until June 25th celebrating the wedding of a cousin. Should anyone be there during that time, it would be lovely to meet. My email adress is: hub.luetgerath@t-online.de

  36. June 15th, 2013

    Dr.Salvatore Franco:

    I am the son of Katie Alhadeff-Franco and of late Liv J.Franco. I am planning to be in Rhodes with all likelihood, Bezerat Hashem,around the 26th of June through the 29th of June. I am truly hoping that the Kehila will be open on Friday evening,the 28th of June so that I can visit it again after several years absence from the lovely Isola delle Rose. My mother is the daughter of Behor Yeoshua Alhadeff and Rosa Levy Alhadeff (Salisbury-Rhodesia but originally from Rhodes) and my father was the son of Yoseph Hai Franco and Rachel Capouya.

  37. May 10th, 2013

    Gerald Menashe:

    My whole family and I will be in Rhodes from 15-25 July. My sister, Lena, and I are the children of Gad and Fortunee Menashe. My dad was born in Rhodes (parents were Leah and Sabitai (Chelibon) Menashe) and came to what was then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where he married my mother, Fortunee Benatar (father Joseph Benatar and mother Victoria Israel). My parents, sister and I moved to Johannesburg in the late seventies and my parents passed away there in 2005. We look forward to meeting Rhodeslis or their descendants whilst in Rhodes. My email address is: gerald.menashe@gmail.com.

  38. April 15th, 2013

    Lisa Capelouto:

    New York artist, Barry Salzman, and producer, Lisa Capelouto are grandchildren of Rhodesli Jews. We are working on a video and photography art project to preserve the collective narrative of our community. Our objective over the next 12 months is to document the stories and cherished memories of everybody born on Rhodes who is still with us today. This summer we will be travelling to each of the main centers of the Rhodesli diaspora and would like to meet, photograph and interview as many people as possible.

    We are trying to compile a list of everybody to meet with and we’d love your help. Please tell us who you know, where they are and how we can reach them. Please email us at rhodesstories@gmail.com. We hope to come to Rhodes in July for the anniversary so if there is anyone born in Rhodes who will be there please let us know. Thanks for your help.

  39. April 8th, 2013

    Scott Hasson:

    We have been researching and find my family has roots back to Rhodes greece(turkey)….Planning to take a trip…Is there someone who can give me information on how to find relatives still living on the island.

  40. April 6th, 2013

    Lisa Medlin:

    I would love to visit Rhodes. We are blessed to have a person in our family who’s made it his life work building our family tree, not only on our side but his own. Our family, on my Dad’s side originally came from Rhodes, I believe his name is Abraham Alkana.

    Please keep me posted on any future trips that come available. I’m going to suggest to the family, we can go as a family reunion. Who knows. I’m new to this site, so going to submit this and then enjoy and educate myself. Again please send me updates.


    Lisa Alkana (Medlin)

  41. March 8th, 2013

    Daniela Menascé:

    To Carole Levin and Ramon and Jody Franco: I know the Notrica and Franco from Buenos Aires, are you related? I might come to Rhodes at the end of June.

  42. March 7th, 2013


    Sam Alhadeff: you are going to miss Rabbi Benjy by a couple of weeks.

  43. March 6th, 2013

    Sam Alhadeff:

    My new bride and I will be coming from Seattle in mid May. We can not WAIT!!

  44. March 6th, 2013

    Daniela Menascé:

    My family is originally from Kos and Rhodes, they left in 1940. Last names Menascé, Israel, Baron, plus Yohay from Gallipoli. Now living in Argentina. I might be in Rhodes and Kos at the end of June 2013. Will anybody else be around?

    To Carole Levin and Ramon and Jody Franco: I know the Notrica and Franco from Buenos Aires, are you related?

  45. February 19th, 2013

    Carole Levin nee Notrica:

    I will be in Rhodes with my family from 15 to 23rd June 2013. I am the daughter of David Notrica and granddaughter of Masliah and Rosa Notrica. I live in Cape Town South Africa.

  46. January 23rd, 2013

    Ramon and Jody Franco:

    Our family, from Atlanta, will be in Rhodes from June 16, 2013 to June 19, 2013. Anyone else going then? J. Franco

  47. January 13th, 2013

    Eliane Tobin:

    My name is Eliane Tobin, daughter of Ascer and Matilde Capelluto, formerly from Lubumbashi, Congo, and Cape Town. My father was born on Kos, the son of Gedalia Capelluto and Luna Israel. My mother, Matilde (Mazaltov)Hanan was born on Rhodes, the daughter of Hanoch Hanan and Rosa Hanan. My husband and I will be visiting Rhodes between April 7 and April 21. I can be reached at allan.tobin@rogers.com

  48. January 9th, 2013

    Leigh Donahue:

    Hello, we will be visiting Rhodes on a one day cruise stop in mid to late April, 2013. My grandmother, Diana Galanti Hanan, immigrated from Rhodes as a young adult. I am interested if anyone knows of a tour guide (to supplement the “Guidebook to the Jewish Quarter” found here on the Giftshop page!) that we might contact for our day at La Juderia?? Thank you! Leigh Donahue

  49. November 22nd, 2012

    Francoise Russo:

    Hello, I would like to know if any one would have information on my grandfather, Jacob Franco who moved to LA in 1916, I believe, leaving behind in Rhodes my grand mother, Mazaltov Franco and her 4 children, Leon, Haïm, Julia and Aaron (my father). Haïm was sick and died in Rhodes. All the others could go to the Belgian Congo before the war began. I dream that maybe I have family in the US that I wouldn’t know…

  50. September 26th, 2012

    Edith Clark:

    We returned on the 15th of September. We spent a wonderful week in Rhodes. Our trip was made all the more special because of the presence of Isaac Habib. We cannot praise him enough for the tour he gave us of the Juderia and his knowledge of its history. He is a”gem” and I hope many more people will get to experience Rhodes with him. Thank you Isaac!

  51. September 15th, 2012

    jay abouaf:

    Hello. I am going to Rhodes this Monday, from my home in Jaffa, Israel. My grandmother, Renee Israel (Abouaf) was born in Rhodes. The last time I was there, 30 years ago, I only saw the old synagogue. Thanks to you who made this happen! Shana Tova

  52. August 27th, 2012

    Vitaliano Menascì:

    vorrei che ci fosse traduzioni in altre lingue ad esempio l’Italiano

  53. August 23rd, 2012

    Edith Clark:

    Thank you, Aron for your reply. Yes, I knew that Caden’s maiden name was Benatar. My grandmother’s maiden name was Benveniste…but, my grandparents, we were always told, were not related…she grew up in Fethiye.

  54. August 23rd, 2012


    Hi Edith. The Rhodes family registration records (from about 1920s) indicate that the mother of Moreno Benveniste was Caden Benatar (not Caden Benveniste). I will send you an email attachment of this record. I’m pleased to hear that you’re making arrangements for the walking tour of La Juderia with Isaac Habib. Have a great trip.

  55. August 21st, 2012

    Edith Clark:

    Heading to Rhodes first week of September…would also like to take a day trip to Fethiye, Turkey. It us on the coast across from Rhodes. My grandmother, Matilda (mazoltov) Benveniste, was from there. Her mother (Ester Sidis) and father (Morris Benveniste)I think…grew up in Rhodes. She married Moreno Benveniste from Rhodes and lived in Atlanta. Moreno’s parents were Isaac and Caden Benveniste on Rhodes. Does anyone have any information about sehardic Jews on Fethiye ?

  56. August 13th, 2012

    Aimee 'Almeleh' Smith:

    Hi! My grandparents (Avner Almeleh and Rachel (Quen) Almeleh) were from Rhodes. My husband and I will be visiting for the 1st time from August 30 – September 2. We would love to visit the Jewish quarter, the shul and the cemetery. Thanks kindly,
    Aimee ‘Almeleh’ Smith

  57. July 27th, 2012

    Samantha Katz:

    I spent Kabbalat Shabbat with the community last week while visiting Rhodes from Los Angeles, and wanted to thank everyone for being so welcoming! I really enjoyed learning about the history of the Jewish community and getting to know those connected to it today. Of course having a Greek Shabbat dinner was also a highlight for this Ashkenazi Jew. I’ll always remember the experience and hope to be back one day! Thank you again for a wonderful experience.

    Samantha Katz

  58. July 25th, 2012

    Allegra Simantov:

    My father, Moshe Cohen, was born in Rhodes and survived the holocaust. We visited this month July 2012 – please see story and photos at Rhodes Holocaust Remembrance Group page that I made. The page is : https://www.facebook.com/groups/267063046729328/. Hopefully you’ll request to add your story to this website. Thank you.

  59. July 22nd, 2012

    Edith Clark:

    I will be in Rhodes the first full week in September. My maternal grandfather, Moreno Benbenisty (Benveniste) and maternal grandmother, Matilda (Mazeltov) Benveniste immigrated from Rhodes (my grandmother was from Fethiye, Turkey) to Atlanta, Ga around 1909.

  60. July 18th, 2012

    Rachelle Hasson Belkin:

    My husband, Ariel, and I will be going to Rhodes for our honeymoon from July 29th to August 2nd. I’m related to the Benons, Taricas, and Sorianos. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there, and of course visiting the amazing museum my dad put together!

  61. July 1st, 2012

    Allegra Simantov:

    My dad, Moshe Cohen, who is the only survivor from his family, will be going to Rhodes July 2 – 9th, 2012. Anyone knowing his family are welcome to contact us. Will be staying at Best Western Plaza.

  62. June 27th, 2012

    Rona Kosansky:

    My grandparents were Albert Menasche and Elise Cappeluto. My brothers and I – and our spouses and children – will all be in Rhodes August 5-11, 2012. We would love to meet with anyone who will be there at that time!

  63. June 26th, 2012

    Michael Herman:

    On one stop of a cruise, we will visit Rhodes on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and hope to see the Jewish Museum of Rhodes.

  64. June 21st, 2012

    Arthur Benveniste:

    I will be arriving in Rhodes on Sunday July 1 and staying until July 6. I will be at the Spot Hotel in walled city. I will be with my son and his family and my niece and nephew and their families. My father was Israel (Harry) Benveniste who lived near the Puerta de la Mar. My mother was Rebecca Russo who lived in the “Buzanah” near the Kal de Shalom


  65. June 21st, 2012

    Moshe Turiel:

    My grand parents were Josef Turiel and Rizulla Turiel. My uncles and aunts were Moshe (Bohor) Marco Amelie and Esther (all passed away in USA). My father was Avner Turiel married to Denise Piha in Elizabethville (Belgian Congo in 1941.) My mother’s family came from Cairo: Moshe Piha married Allegra Israel (my grand parents on my mother side) my mother’s family was: a brother (David Piha) and two sisters (Jeannette -married Victor Galante) Jacqueline (married Alexandre Avzaradel) The TURIEL family who was the “urnero” (baker), my grandfather had a bakery, the building was sold in 1964 by my father (Abner Turiel). Could you perhaps have an idea of my family tree?? I would greatly appreciate a response if you can find things on my family.

    Bless you all.
    Yours sincerely,

    Maurice TURIEL

  66. June 20th, 2012

    Pinchas Aloof:


  67. April 30th, 2012

    Isaac Habib:

    I’ll be working in Rhodes from June to August for our beloved synagogue “Shalom”. I will be telling the story of our forefathers, life in Rhodes, tour people in the once Djuderìa all the way to the Turkish bath, go to the cemetery etc…an exciting enterprise. I hope to see you there and take you around “la Isola delle Rose”. You’ll find me at the synagogue every day. I hope i’ll be useful to you.
    I coud take you to each place mentioned in my poetry book “La Djuderìa de Rhodes” and read to you a litlle of those poems in Ladino + translations in English and French. See you there.


  68. April 10th, 2012

    Sharon Gonzalez:

    I did my father’s geneology back in 1999 and have much information starting with Nissim Benveniste, born in 1861. In fact, when my sister and I went back to the synagogue in Rhodes, the photo of my relatives at the park in Los Angeles, California was up by the doorway. Hoping to get more info through this wonderful webside. Thank you Aaron for all the great work you’ve done. I’m enjoying all your newsletters. You are one amazing person.

  69. January 8th, 2012

    Susan E. Hasson:

    I will be in Rhodes, October 7 – 14, 2012 with my cousin Susan Amira-Weiss from Israel. My father, Raphael B. Hasson, son of Eliyahu & Sarota Benveniste-Hasson was born in Rhodes, January 31, 1920 and immigrated to Portland, Oregon in 1940…in 1942 moved to Seattle, Washington. My email address is:
    surehappy1@aol.com – let me know if you will be in Rhodes at the same time. I am writing a book about my father, and will be doing research about Rhodes during our visit. Thanks Aron for having this space available and for the fine job you have done in organizing this web-site for all of us…Susan

  70. November 4th, 2011

    vicki Koslin:

    To Paul Somerstein: what’s amazing is that Michelle Hanan Yosslowitz, who also made a post on August 8th, is a cousin of mine. Her grandfather and my great grandfather were brothers, and we’ve only recently connected through Facebook. My great grandfather was Morris Hanan from Rhodes.”

    Paul and Michelle, I am from a family of Hanans. My uncle is actually named. Morris Hanan, living in Chicago (no doubt named after our ancestors). Please email me! I have created a family tree, perhaps you guys are on there.

  71. October 24th, 2011

    marilyn hasson henry:

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Rhodes next July, 2012. We would like to attend the Rhodes Holocaust Memorial that takes place in July. My grandparents, Ruben and Mazaltov Hasson and Yithak and Sarota Israel were Rhodeslis. Yithak and Sarota emigrated to Seattle in 1919 with their family (my mother, Buena (Bona). Ruben and most of the family were taken to Auschwitz but my Father, Albert Hasson, emigrited to American in 1920. Marilyn Hasson Henry

  72. September 3rd, 2011

    Robert Notrica:

    My wife and I will be in Rhodes for our honeymoon from Sept 8-14. My grandfather was Sammy Notrica. I believe he owned a bank and a textile shop. His wife was Rachel Cori Notrica. We live in Baltimore, MD and New York City.

  73. August 29th, 2011

    Paul Somerstein:

    My wife and I will be in Rhodes September 25th for 4 days – what’s amazing is that Michelle Hanan Yosslowitz, who made a post on August 8th, is a cousin of mine. Her grandfather and my great grandfather were brothers, and we’ve only recently connected through Facebook. My great grandfather was Morris Hanan from Rhodes.

  74. August 8th, 2011

    Michelle Hanan Yosslowitz:

    My husband and I will be in Rhodes Sept 5th to Sept 8. My grandfather was Ralph Hanan from Harare originally Rhodes and my grandmother was Djoya Menasche from Harare originally Rhodes. We now live in Atlanta, GA

  75. August 1st, 2011


    my husband and I will be in Rhodes August 4th for four days. My name is Ergas, and I was part of the community Chalom, in Buenos Aires. Now I live in Tel Aviv.

  76. July 24th, 2011

    Leon Taranto:

    Marilyn Pisante, I hope you have a great trip to Rhodes. After you get back, I will have to write you about your Israel rabbinical family cousins’ Taranto family reunion, which 119 of us attended in Panama City, Florida, last weekend — hosting by our terrific cousins who live in Birmingham, Alabama.

  77. July 19th, 2011

    Marilyn Pisante:

    I am going to be in Rhodes from the 20th(tomorrow) to the 25th of July 2011. Family names: Pisante, Alhadeff, Israel.

  78. July 13th, 2011

    Pamela (Mayo) Schwartz:

    My family and I are traveling to Rhodes on August 4, 2011. My family was both Alhadeff and Mayo (Rachel Alhadeff and Maurice Mayo).

  79. June 13th, 2011

    Anton Israele:

    I will be in Rhodes from 30th June – 3rd July staying in the old city. My grandmother was Graziella Alhadeff (nee Menasce) married to Isaia (Archie) Alhadeff. My grandmother passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 95. Her Father was Michael Menasce and her mother was Goia Haim. My grandmother was born on Rhodes Island next to the Kehela Shalom in 1914.

  80. June 12th, 2011


    To Linda Peha and Lea Capelluto: I will email both of you each other’s email address so you may continue your family connections.

  81. June 11th, 2011

    Linda Peha:

    Lea Capelluto: Thank you for your comment. How to find you? My Father did speak of you. Many regards.

  82. May 31st, 2011

    Lea Capelluto:

    this is a reply comment for Linda Piha, daughter of the late Carlos (Charles) Piha from Mexico City. I am part of your family (3rd degree!!!) as my grandmother Signora Piha,married to Bohor Avram Israel and sister of Mateo Piha from Seattle was family to your grandmother Diana. If you need more information about your family, send a Mail to Malca Levy who lives in Brussels and is the daughter of the late Rabbi Moise Levy and Felicie Piha who was the sister of your grandmother Diana. I felt very bad when I heard about your father’s passing away as when I lived in Mexico City (now I live in Cancun) your father used to call me PRIMA and we often talked about you and all the family.

  83. May 13th, 2011

    Linda peha:

    Daughter of Charles ness Peha, son of Ness and Diana Peha born in Rhodas.
    Looking for ancestors, stories, would like to visit with a group. DNA study interesting also.

  84. May 9th, 2011

    Rosy Algranti and Tolly Levy:

    We will be in Rhodes from the 3rd of June till the 27th of June and will be staying at the Ibiscus Hotel.

  85. February 28th, 2011

    Archie Nahman:

    I and other members of my family will be in Rhodes from April 5 to April 9, 2011. My late parents, Elie and Zimbul Nachman lived on Rhodes in the 1930’s and then moved to Africa in 1939. Many of the surnames I see above are familiar to me from tales my mother told.

    My parents lived in the Congo, Northern Rhodesia(Zambia),and South Africa. They later immigrated to the U.S. and lived near us in Massachusetts and then in Houston near my brother Rick and my sisters Susan and Jeanette.

    We would like to stay in or very near the Juderia. Can you suggest a place?

    Archie Nahman

  86. December 7th, 2010

    Silvia Hasson Hazan Menascé:

    Dear all, I feel related to all of you since I am HASSON (my grandfather Felix Hasson), ALHADEFF (My grandmother Clara Alhadeff) and afterwards I was married to a MENASCE (Bension Menasce was the grandfather of my ex husband). But also all your names ring a bell because in Brazil my parent’s friends were Capelutto, Jerusalmi, Franco, Amato, Notrica (my teacher in chemistry) etc etc
    Now I have children living in the US: Alessandra lives in Connecticut and Andrew lives in Chicago. Both are married and I have a grandson Brody (3 1/2 years). It is fantastic the work of Aron and I thank him very much.

  87. November 12th, 2010

    Magnus Alkarp:

    Dear readers. My name is Magnus Alkarp, I am a researcher and associate professor of history and archeology at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and am about to travel to Rhodes for three weeks to study the events at Rhodes in 1840 and the Italian governor de Vecchis anti-Semitic activities in Rhodes and neighboring islands during the Second World War. It is a story that we have not come to grips with just yet. I am a bit concerned about the extent to which Swedish and other Scandinavian consuls participated in these persecutions, and even more worried in what extent they helped the Germans to “evacuate” Jews of Rhodes and Kos to uschwitz.
    If someone happens to be in Rhodes from 15 November to January 6, or maybe is a resident at these islands and having personal information to provide, I would be more than grateful if you sent me an e-mail or would call me so maybe we could meet and discuss these events. You can reach me at my address (nagnus.alkarp (at) abdn.ac.uk, or (m.alkarp (at) forensicintell.org.uk) (remove the (at) with @) My cell phone number: (+46 (0)70 6326759). You can also call +30 22410 32510/20
    Looking forward to hear from you. Best wishes. Magnus Alkarp

  88. September 29th, 2010

    Marilyn Pisante:

    I am planning to be in Rhodes next weekend, from Friday Oct. 1 to Sunday Oct. 3. I am the granddaughter of Rachel Israel (granddaughter of the rabbi Rahamim Israel) and Haim Pisante and I live in Athens, Greece. I will be coming with my aunt Rita Arony, my father’s cousin (daughter of Renee Israel my grandmother’s sister) and her daughter Jacky, from L.A. and my aunt Becky Contopoulos also my father’s cousin (daughter of Jacques Israel my grandmother’s brother) from Berkeley.

  89. September 13th, 2010

    Bettina Benatar Luetgerath:

    My family and I are planning to visit Rhodes from October 2nd through 6th. My father was the late Alexander Benatar, son of Nissim Benatar and his wife Rosa Hasson, who studied medicine in Italy and immigrated to the United States in the late 40s. We would love to meet anyone who will be in Rhodes during that time.

  90. September 13th, 2010

    Solly Almeleh:

    I might have information about the Bendicha Israel family as my grandmother who died in Auschwitz was Rebecca Bendicha Israel.

  91. August 15th, 2010

    Daniel Halfon:

    My son and I plan to be in Rhodes August 16-19. My late father was Yosef de Shemuel Halfon (his mother Diana Fintz), he left for Rhodesia c1937/8. This will be our first time in Rhodes and we would welcome meeting any Rhodeslis who might be visiting.

  92. August 12th, 2010

    Albert Lagnado:

    My wife and I will be in Rhodes Fri September 24 to Fri Oct 1 2010. Hope to attend Friday night service. My mother Sarina Tarica was born in Rhodes as well as my Grandparents Behora(Rebecca)and Avraham Tarica and great grandparents. Sarina married David Lagnado. Will contact Aaron H. before we go.

  93. July 24th, 2010

    Albert D. Maslia:

    “Who’s Going?” page: Myself and eleven members of the Amato and Menasche family will be in Rhodes on Sunday July 25 until Thursday morning July 29th.

  94. July 18th, 2010

    Eva Hasson:

    My great aunt is called Amelie Tarica – she currently lives in Israel. My family and grand parents were from Rhodes as well. This is an amazing website.

  95. June 30th, 2010

    David Tarica:

    My family is traveling to Rhodes on August 13-15th & plan to attend Friday night services with other families. My grandparents were born in Rhodes in the early 1900’s & I would like to find out information regarding my grandfather Nissim Tarica. He is believed to have been born around 1905, and left for the USA around the age of 15.

  96. June 2nd, 2010

    David Chai Bendicha Israel:

    I was just curious because I know my family went from Rhodos to the Congo, and ultimately to South Afica. I am a mixture of three families, Israel, Capelouto and Franco. All from Rhodos. Maybe we are related.

  97. May 16th, 2010


    My mother’s name is Matty Capeluto. Her family was also from Rhodes. Maybe you are related?

  98. May 13th, 2010

    Debra Norrie (nee Cohen):

    My husband and I will be travelling to Rhodes from South Africa in June/July (29th-2nd) with our 3 children. We look forward to seeing the place my grandparents (Capelouto & Israel families) called ‘home’. We would like to meet with other descendents and anyone who shares the history – we are also very excited to see the museum that you have created.

  99. May 11th, 2010

    Arnold and Mary Hammer:

    We will be in Rhodes on May 19, the first day of Shavuot. We hope there may be a Yom Tov service in the synagogue; if not, we will enjoy being there anyway. Arnold and Mary Hammer. Rockville, Maryland (Washington DC)

  100. April 28th, 2010


    Will be in Rhodes while Stella Levi and members of the Levy family joining “la caravana” tour of La Juderia. May 21 to May 25.

  101. April 27th, 2010

    marcus shapiro:

    My wife and I will be in Rhodes around May 30 – June 2. Happy to try to meet you, Michele Almeleh!

  102. April 2nd, 2010

    Michele Almeleh:

    My husband and children will be in Rhodes June 1 -3. My husband’s grandparents are both from Rhodes. Family names: Almeleh and Franco. This will be the first time the great grandchildren will see where they descended from. I can’t wait to share this very special time with them.

  103. March 18th, 2010

    Dana Hasson:

    My husband and I are also going to Rhodes Sept 9-11th along with my brother (previous post). Hope to meet other fellow Rhodesli descendents there at the same time!

  104. March 12th, 2010

    Eric Hasson:

    My wife and I plan to visit September 8-10 for Rosh Hashana. Looking forward to celebrate the holiday where my great-grandparents once celebrated & see the latest at the Museum.

  105. January 20th, 2010

    Linda Capeloto Sendowski:

    My sister and I are going to Rhodes April 20 to 22, 2010. We would like to participate in the DNA project. Our father was Jack B Capeloto from Seattle WA and His Parents were Baruch Capeloto and Esther Touriel.

  106. October 19th, 2009

    Rica Levy Pieniek:

    My husband and I will be in Rhodes Nov. 14th and are very excited to visit the Sephardic sites and to see where my parents were born. Aron Hasson interviewed my mother, Violette Amato Levy in 2005 in Atlanta, Ga. when he was here at our synagogue, Or VeShalom to show and exhibit many photos and the “800 Year Old Torah”. My great grandfather was Chilibi Amato (Codron). Thank you.
    Rica Levy Pieniek, daughter of Elie Behor Levy (deceased) and Violette Amato Levy.