Thursday, May 05, 2011

Jews In Gaza

If you can read Hebrew, you'd know from this article that Jews were reported residing in Gaza in the period following the retreat of the Crusaders in 1291.

In 1481, a visitor indicates a large synagogue was serving the community.  Rabbinical responsa on issues of observance of laws of agriculture in the 15th century are recorded.  A Reb Meshulam of Volterra visited Gaza in 1395-96 and reported houses and fields of Jews and as they were well developed, it is surmised that upwards of a century earlier did the Jews recreate their lives there.

And see my Chronology of Jewish Presence in the Land of Israel or here at this blog.