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Albania is a Balkan country on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Evidence for Jewish settlement there exists from the late Second Temple period, and a Byzantine synagogue was found in Saranda (Sarandë). When Benjamin of Tudela visited the area around 1169 or 1170, he found Jews in the region. In the late thirteenth century, Jewish merchants in Durazzo (Durrës) traded salt and sheepskins with Venice and Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Some Hungarian Jews migrated to Albania in the wake of the Black Death in the fourteenth century. Toward the end of the century, they were joined by Jews expelled from F…

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Yitzchak Kerem, “Albania”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0001160>
First published online: 2010

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