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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113 Responses to “Who’s Going”

  1. January 22nd, 2017

    Regina Barkey (Barki) Amira:

    (from the “Who’s Going?” page): 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.

  2. 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???

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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)

  13. 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).