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Smadja, Juliette
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Juliette Smadja (Smaja) was born in Tunis in 1890 to Elise and Mardochée Smadja and became the first woman lawyer and the first Jewish female lawyer in Tunisia. Her great-grandfather, also Mardochée Smadja, served as chief rabbi of the community and her father was named in his honor, following Sephardi/Mizraḥi custom. Juliette grew up in a four-generation household, dominated by the senior Mardochée who conducted bi-weekly proceedings of the rabbinical court at home, observed first hand by Juliette.

Both of Juliette’s parents briefly attended Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU) …

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Joy Land, “Smadja, Juliette”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000821>
First published online: 2018



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