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Prominent Egyptian Jews of recent times

By Meer Basri

Rabbi Haim Nahum (1873 - 1960) studied in Istanbul and Paris. He went to Ethiopia in 1908 to report on the Falasha Jews. Returning to Istanbul, he was chosen as Chief Rabbi of Turkey, a post which he held for 12 years. In 1922 he acted as advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister Ismet Pasha (Ismet Inonu) at the Conference in Lausanne. He was called to Cairo in 1925 and was elected Chief Rabbi of Egypt. He was subsequently named a Senator by King Fuad and chosen a member of the new Royal Egyptian Academy of Letters in 1933.
King Fuad entrusted him with old Firman given by the Sultans of Turkey to his great grandfather Mohammed Ali Pasha written in old Ottoman official language.
Known only by a few, Nahum translated them into French and published them literally and with a French translation.

Joseph Aslan Cattaoui Pasha (1861-1942)
Leading Egyptian industrialist and financier. He studied engineering in the famous Ecole Centrale of Paris and was prominent among the small elite who built Egypt's national banking and industry. President of the Jewish community in 1925, he succeeded to a post held by his family since early nineteenth century. He was a senator minister of finance and communication, and for many years president of the Cairo chamber of commerce. His wife was honorary lady - in waiting to Queen Nazli.

Sir Victor Harari Pasha (1857- 1945)
He came from a family of Lebanese origin. He studied in England and France and was Comptroller General and director of the Budget in the Egyptian Ministry of Finance. Relinquishing the government service in 1905, he entered the economic field and represented Sir Ernest Cassels, overlooking his vast enterprises in Egypt.
Chairman and director of several companies.



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