Thursday, September 4, 2014

FRANCE: JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTH (#1)


“HISTORY OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTH AND PICARDY” 
  (author, Frederick Viey)

After the annexation of Alsace and Metz in 1871, the Chief Rabbi of Metz, Benjamin Lipman, transferred his rabbinical office to the community of Lille in 1872. A new consistory was formed which included the following districts and their representatives:

Somme, Pas-de-Calais, Oise, Aisne, the Marne, Ardennes, Chalons.
Pas-de-Calais to Boulogne-sur-Mer---Mr. Ber, trader, President of the community
Northern Valenciennes—Mr. Dreyfus, “huissier” (?usher?)
Roubaix—Isidore Weill, merchant, Chairman of the community
Lille—MM Bernard, merchant; Troller, merchant; Kaufmann, rentier (person of independent means); Rabbi Lipmann
(Aisne) Saint-Quentin—Ad. May, merchant
Reims—Mr. Weimann, trader, President of the community
Vitry-le-Francois—G. May, merchant, President of the community
Epernay—Mr. Mommenheim, trader, President of the community
Ardennes—Sedan, M. Pintus, manufacturer, Chairman of the community

Others:
MM. Oury Cahen, merchant
Wahl-See, banker, from Mulhouse
Salomon See, manufacturer, from Alsace
Mr. Masse—appointed as representative of the new Central Consistory, former President of the Strasbourg Bar counsel (attorneys)


RABBIS OF LILLE

Benjamin Lippman, Emile Cahen, born in Toul (1839)
Edgar Seches—born in Bordeaux (1864)
Samuel Poliakoff—born in Mir (Russia)
Leo Berman—born in Paris (1892), son of Hassid rabbi, Reb Chaim, died during deportation
Branriss—born in Poland (1910)—rabbi in  Lille and also Silver Spring, MD (US)
Edouard Gourvitch—born in Aubervilliers (1921)
Emmanuel Chouchena—born in Constantine (1928)
Moise Dayan—born in Cairo (1931)
Jean Levy—born in Ingwiller, Alsace (1947)
Elie Dahan—member of the Lubavitch movement


PRESIDENTS OF THE LILLE COMMUNITY

1872            M. Bernard, merchant           
1875            M. Heymann
1880            Dr. Wertheimer
1888            Moise Gros
1891            Frederic Bere
1897            M. Michel
19..            Alfred Bernheim
1930            Alex Heymann

After 1945: Jacques Malamet-Beer, Jean Pierre Gerschel, Dr. Charles Sulman, Dr. Jean Claude Komar