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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126 Responses to “Who’s Going”

  1. November 15th, 2017

    Gail Benezra Rudee:

    (from the “Who’s Going?” page): My husband, Don Rudee, and adult children, Alex and Talia Rudee, plan to visit Rhodes next summer (June? 2018). It was the home of my paternal grandmother, Sarah Berro Benezra. She left Rhodes at the age of 19 in 1919 and settled in Seattle where she married Nissim Benezra, from Turkey. We would love to connect with others on our visit!

  2. November 14th, 2017

    Rachel Almeleh:

    Will be in Rhodes December 1-4. Any other Rhodeslis going to be there? I also speak Spanish and French.

  3. September 19th, 2017


    Hi Michael. Shabbat services are conducted if there is a “minyan”. The synagogue and museum complex is open Sunday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. The Jewish cemetery is open Sunday to Friday from 8am to 1pm.

  4. September 19th, 2017

    Michael Avzaradel:

    I will be travelling to Rhodes with my wife, staying October 20-22 2017. We would like to know what Shabbat arrangements are available. This will be my 2nd trip to Rhodes, although the last trip was 25 years ago. My great-grandfather, Victor Avzaradel, left Rhodes in 1921, stopping in Atlanta before settling in Seattle.

  5. September 7th, 2017

    isaac Turiel:

    We plan to visit Rhodes in late march of 2018 with grandchildren and their parents. My name is Isaac Turiel. Both my parents (Rachel Israel and jack Turiel) were born on Rhodes.

  6. July 31st, 2017

    Saul Sosnowski:

    As the date approaches for my trip, I wonder if anyone will be in Rhodes August 10-14 so that I can join a visiting group (languages: Hebrew, English, Spanish, Ladino). I’m also interested in knowing what Shabbat arrangements are available. Thank you! Saúl

  7. June 22nd, 2017

    Sue Ann Scheck:

    Dear People. Sue Ann Scheck here. I will be visiting on Shabbat….Oct. 27th. I am coming by ship and will be in Rhodes for one day. Shalom.

  8. June 22nd, 2017

    Dr.Salvatore L.Franco:

    Great to be back in Rhodes. It is always with the greatest of emotions (happy and at the same time melancholy) that I come back to visit Rhodes, being a proud “hijo de Rhodeslis” on both sides (Liv J. Franco and Katie Alhadeff Franco).
    My grandfather on my maternal side was Behor Yeoshua Alhadeff (who left in his early twenties for then Rhodesia, where my Mom was born). My grandfather married Rosa Levy, whose parents were respectively from Istanbul & Alexandria.
    My grandparents on my paternal side were Haham Yosef Hai Franco and Rachel Capouya (the eldest daughter of “El Papoo Yakov”).

  9. June 7th, 2017

    maurice bardavid:

    my sister in law dori bardavid and I have just returned from a greek island cruise-may 8 thru 23. we spent 4 extra days in rhodes,it was our favorite island. the temple and museum were just wonderful.both my parents : diana hazen and isaac bardavid were born in rodos. it was amazing wandering around the beautiful island. several members of our tour visited the temple and museum with us,I was very proud of the work Aaron and the los angeles community has done.

  10. June 1st, 2017

    Robert Franco:

    My daughter Dena Franco and her husband Jonathan Newburgh will be in Greece for their honeymoon and will be in Rhodes June 11-13.

  11. April 26th, 2017

    Renaud Souhami (Capelluto):

    Gilbert Shabetay Saguès de Paris, ijo de Rodeslya komo yo mizmo, kon el ayudo de su mujer Michele mos aparejo un filmo muevo, fantastiko, kon titolo: “Era una vez la djuderya de Rodes”.
    Este filmo fue amostrado publikamente por la primera vez ayer el 25-04-2017 in el Centro kommunotaryo djidyo de Paris. Dos oras de filmo, kon Isaac Habib de Cape Town komo guya i interview de Samy Modiano ke salyo de los kampos. Filmado in Rodes in 2011. Isaac Habib ijo de Lucia Capelluto es oy el mas grande experto del mundo de lo ke fue la vida de Rhodes antes de la Guerra.
    El filmo fue presentado por Edmond Cohen, Renaud Souhami i Matilda Pesah, se termino kon aplauzo i kontentes, rengrasyando este magnifiek lavoro.
    El filmo de 2 CD’s esta in djudezmo kon subtitolos in Frances. Seguro ke otros lo trazladeran in otras linguas.
    Se eskapo kon unas kuantas dulsuras i bividas aparejadas para todos .
    Esto siguro ke va interesar los ijos i ijas de Rodeslis espartidos in el mundo, sin avlar de los muzeos i historyanos
    Grasyas a Gilbert i Michele i a todos los ke izyeron riushir este evenimyento.

  12. April 24th, 2017

    Shayna Duker:

    I plan to visit Rhodes in June 2017. My grandfather was a Scharhon (Seattle).

  13. January 22nd, 2017

    Regina Barkey (Barki) Amira:

    My husband and I will be going to Rhodes for the 7th time. I was born in Rhodes and love going there. We will be there from June 12 thru 15, 2017. We will be staying at the Camelot Hotel in the old city. Our niece Cynthia Flash Hemphill will also be there with her family. Cynthia compiled her mother’s (Claire Barkey Flash) letters to our Uncle in Seattle from the time she was 9 yrs old until we arrived in Seattle in 1946 by way of Tangier, Morroco. The book is called “A Hug from Afar” and tells our family’s life in Rhodes in the 1930’s, being able to leave Rhodes in 1939 and our uncle’s struggle to bring us to the U.S.
    Hope to see some Rodeslis there.

  14. July 23rd, 2016

    yaron vital:

    I live in Jerusalem and am going on May 25,2016 for a few days
    My grandfather Moshe Vital was a teacher and chazzan until 1939 when he fled with his family to Palestine. My grandmother was Allegra Franco daughter of Yosef Franco. Is there something that we should see besides the graves of my great grandfathers???

  15. June 17th, 2016

    Doreen Beinart:

    I was born in Cape Town, S. Africa in ’48 and live in Boston. My mother was Adele Albeldas and her family was from Rhodes and grew up in Alexandria then Belgian Congo before marrying my father Alec Pienaar (Lapiner) and settling in Cape Town. My family and I want to go to Rhodes in Dec/Jan or Feb 2017. Would appreciate trip planning advice.

  16. June 13th, 2016

    rachel hameiri:

    i want to know the exact date of the visit of VITORIO EMANUEL to rhodes in the year 1912 beacouse my father mordechai israel benditcha told us that the king took him on his arms. Thank you

  17. June 4th, 2016

    Jonathan Wexler:

    I am seeking information about my Rhodes’s ancestors and am not making progress. I have been to Rhodes twice and would be willing to go again with someone who might be able to help with searching out info on the family of Simcha Hasson, possibly the wife of Behr Baruch Hasson. I see a Baruch Hasson who is related to Rebecca Amato Levy, but he shows a different wife in their family tree.

    Jonathan Wexler
    Grandson of Isaac Baruch Hasson
    Portland Oregon

  18. May 3rd, 2016

    Deborah Capp:

    Planning on going this summer or fall with my two sons. Are there any special events planned this summer or fall? Deborah

  19. February 23rd, 2016

    Joseph Elkana:

    To: Lisa Medlin. Please email me Jelkana@gmail.com. I would like to know more about your family. My name is Joseph Elkana, my relatives are part of the Alcana family from Rhodes.

  20. January 3rd, 2016


    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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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)

  25. 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).