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Altabev, Samuel
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Samuel Altabev was secretary general of the chief rabbinate of Turkey from 1909 to 1938. Born in Gallipoli in 1862, he taught French at the Alliance Israélite Universelle schools in Galata and Balat in Istanbul for about twenty-five years. He was also well versed in Hebrew and Talmud, and was often sought to deliver sermons and lectures in synagogues and communal organizations. An important community activist, in 1898 he was one of the chief supporters of the founding of the Or Ahayim Jewish Hospital in the Balat quarter of Istanbul. In 1909, Chief Rabbi Haïm Nahoum appointed him secretar…

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Naim Güleryüz, “Altabev, Samuel”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000532>
First published online: 2010

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