Users' questions

Which country is Djerba a part of?

Which country is Djerba a part of?

Jerba island, now a part of Tunisia, is noted for its orchards (especially dates and olives), fishing (sponges and oysters), woolens and blankets, and pottery. Its fine beaches and international airport have also made it a popular tourist resort.

Where did the Jewish settlers come from?

Over the next century and more, Jewish immigrants to America came mostly from Spain, Portugal, and the West Indies. They were of Sephardic descent, although a few were Ashkenazim from Germany or England.

How big is Djerba?

514 km²

When was El Ghriba synagogue built?

around 500 B.C.
The island’s prominent Ghriba synagogue has been in continuous use for over two millennia. People believe that it was built around 500 B.C. by Jews who had fled after the Roman destruction of the First Temple of Jerusalem. The community grew during the Spanish Inquisition, and later from nearby countries.

Which island the largest island in North Africa is located in the Gulf of Gabes?

Djerba is, at 514 square kilometres, the largest island of North Africa, located in the Gulf of Gabes, off the coast of Tunisia.

Where is Tunisia in Africa?

North Africa
Tunisia is situated on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Nile Delta. It is bordered by Algeria on the west and Libya on the south east.

Where is the oldest synagogue in the world?

Old New Synagogue of Prague
The oldest active synagogue in the world is the Old New Synagogue of Prague in the Czech Republic, built in 1270s. The Ben Ezra Synagogue of Cairo has the honor of being the longest-serving synagogue in the world, having continuously served as one from 1025 until the mid 20th century.

Do Jews do pilgrimages?

Jerusalem: At a Glance The Hebrew Bible instructs all Jews to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year: in spring for Passover, in summer for Shavuout, and in the fall for Sukkot.

Where is the Gulf of Sidra?

The Gulf of Sidra is an indentation of the Mediterranean Sea into the coast of Libya. The city of Sirte, located on the Gulf, is a major port. The Gulf is 275 nautical miles wide at its opening between the Libyan cities of Misurata and Benghazi.

Are Tunisians Caucasian?

Tunisians are predominantly genetically descended from native Berber groups, with some Phoenician/Punic and other Western European as well as Middle eastern input. Tunisians are also descended, to a lesser extent, from other North African and other European peoples.

Are Tunisians considered Arab?

Some 98% of modern native Tunisians are from a sociological, historical and genealogical standpoint mainly of Arab and Berber descent, but the overwhelming majority simply identify themselves today as Arabs.

Where did the Jews of Djerba come from?

For centuries, Djerba has been home to one of North Africa’s largest Jewish communities. Djerba’s Jewish community is believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Differing oral histories assert that Jews from the Levant may have settled on the island between 2,500 and 3,000 years ago, but the community’s exact origin is unknown.

When did the Romans settle on Djerba Island?

Just off the southeastern coast of the Tunisian mainland in the Gulf of Gabes lies a small island called Djerba. Ancient Greek geographers knew it as “The Land of the Lotus Eaters.” Romans were the first to settle on the island, which was later conquered by Arabs in 655 CE.

Where is Djerba located in the Mediterranean Sea?

Djerba is an island in the Gulf of Gabès in the Mediterranean Sea. Its largest city is Houmt El Souk on the northern coast of the island, with a population of around 65,000. Djerba has a mild climate for the region and fertile soil.

Is there a Jewish school in Djerba Tunisia?

The Jewish community in Tunis operates three primary schools, two secondary schools and a yeshiva. The Jewish community in Djerba operates one kindergarten, two primary schools, two secondary schools and a yeshiva. There is also a Jewish primary school and synagogue in the coastal city of Zarzis.