My Mother’s Family — Part 9

In 1894 the Freemasons of Jaffa decided to award a medal of honour to the “Grand-Meister” in Paris and requested my grandfather to produce an impressive medal. Once the medal was ready they started looking for a member who would travel to Paris and deliver it. My grandfather thought this was a good opportunity for…

My Mother’s Family — Part 8

While walking from his home to his shop Moritz Schönberg used to pass opposite “Bank Ottoman” by a large plot of land which was totally bare. This land belonged to a Christian-Arab effendy (gentleman) named Taiyan. Moritz went to see him and asked him if he would lease this empty plot to him for several…

My Mother’s Family — Part 7

My grandmother was born to a poor orthodox Jewish family in Bialystock and never learnt to read and write. She was illiterate. When she came to Israel she spoke Yiddish and Russian. Here she learnt , mainly from her Arab neighbors to speak Arabic and many years after she was married, due to the fact…

My Mother’s Family — Part 6

After the wedding my grandfather stayed with the Goldovsky family for another 18 months, working on these 33 miserable dunams which lay between Sumeil and Sarona but although the number of working hands grew and although they now had two milking cows and a steel plough they were far from successful. The Jaffa market was…

My Mother’s Family — Part 5

His father’s death left my grandfather as head of the family, responsible for the livelihood and safety of the three women and remaining the only man working in the field. He found the three women suffering of hunger for all the money which he sent them from Alexandria was long gone and he himself arrived…

My Mother’s Family — Part 4

They were unable to live with the three women in the dilapidated Arab house on the neighbor’s land so they rented a room at the German colony in Jaffa. They used to walk from Jaffa to Sumeil every morning so as to work on their land and return to Jaffa at night. They did not…

My Mother’s Family — Part 3

They stayed almost a month in Alexandria while my great-grandfather sold the few goods which he brought along and then they decided that he should join a group of Jews who arrived from Romania on their way to check the possibility of absorption in Israel and sail with them to Jaffa. Meanwhile grandfather was to…