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Bénichou-Aboulker, Berthe
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Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker, born in Oran in 1886, was the daughter of Adelaïde Azoubib and her second husband, Mardochée Bénichou. She was descended from a family of Jewish notables in Algeria with a long lineage of rabbis and poets. Her parents, Adelaïde and Mardochée, were distant relatives who shared a common ancestor, Simon ben Ṣemaḥ Duran. Adelaïde was a woman of letters at a time when female writers were a rarity in Algeria. She learned Hebrew after the age of sixty and wrote En méditant les Livres saints (Paris, 1922 ).

In 1907, Berthe married Dr. Henri (Samuel) Aboulker, the scion of…

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Richard Ayoun, “Bénichou-Aboulker, Berthe”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0003940>
First published online: 2010

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