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Sefaradim of other Ottoman Cities with Relatives in Monastir Most Sefaradim of Monastir had relatives and business connections in many other cities of the Ottoman Empire and beyond. This section is dedicated to memorializing the family names of those other cities.
Sub-sections can be found below for the following cities and regions: Kastoria, Salonica, Jannina.

This section compiled September 2005ce by Elie Cassorla, from various sources. Where possible those sources will be annotated with each sub-section here.

  • Kastoria
    Kastoria was a closely neighboring city to Monastir— at least in miles, but not an easily traveled road. Kastoria had a historically close relationship with Monastir, and many families from both towns are heavily interrelated. This town in Northern Greece was a center of furs and pelts commerce. The Sefaradim of Kastoria had many furriers. They developed a distinctive method of cutting pelts, and constructing garments, which is recognizable by knowledgeable furriers to this day.
    Following the Turkish pronunciation, the Jews of Kastoria were known as Kastorialis. Sefaradí families which were known to reside in Kastoria included the following:
    Alcabes, Camhi, Camhi, Cohen, Confino, Eliahu, Kattan, Mayo, Mestrano, Nahmias, Oziel/Uziel, Zacharia.
    Families with members in the Monastirli section are shown as clickable links.

  • Salonica
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    The name of this city was originally Thessaloniki, meaning "Victory over Thessaly". The Turks called it Selanik, and it has been transliterated variously as Salonika, Salonica, Thessalonika, Salonique. From the time of the Spanish Expulsion it grew in importance as a city of refuge for the fleeing Sefaradim, and gained stature as a seaport, population center and center of learning. It was at various times, the most populous city in the Ottoman Empire, the most Jewish city in the Mediterranean region—with forty percent or more of its population being Jewish.
    Following the Turkish pronunciation, the Jews of Salonica were known as Selaniklis.
    Salonica is situated on the ancient Roman road, known as Via Egnatia, which comes south through the mountains from Monastir, then turns east to Istanbul. So many Jews of Monastir lived in and passed through Salonica that they established a Monastirli synagogue in Salonica on the Via Egnatia (Odos Egnatia, in Greek). It was known in Greek as the "Monastirioton", photos of it can be seen at the website of the Beth Hatefutsoth. It is one of the few synagogues of Salonica that survived WW-II, and is preserved today as the central synagogue of Salonica and as a museum.
    Sefaradí families which were known to reside in Salonica included the following:
    Abuaf, Abravanel/Abrabanel, Adarbi, Navarro, Albala, Algava, Allatini, Almaleh, Almosnino, Ardot, (Ben)aroya, ibn Aroyo, Aroquis, Aruvas/Aruvis, Asovev, Azriel, Baruch, Bedersi, Benmayor, Benveniste, Beza, de Boton, Bourlas, Bozzolo, Camhi, Cazés, Cohen/Kohen, Conforte, Cosin, Covo/Kovo, C(a)rasso, Cuenca, Dias-Fernandes, Eskenazi, Fasi, Filosof, Florentin, Gattegno/Gatigno, Gedaliah, Gershon, Habib, Hasson, Haz(z)an, Jabez, Juda, Kala'i, Kapon, Karakas, Koretz, Kounio, Leví/Levy, Mallah, Mano, Matalon, Matarasso, Mazliah, (de/di) Medina, Meir, Meshullam, Mevorah, Modiano, Molho/Molcho, Mordoh, Morpurgo, Motal, Nachman, Na(c)hmia(s), Nar, Nasi-Mendes, Navarro, Nehama, Nefouse, Obadiah, Pardo, Perahia/Perachya, Profeta(s), Robio/Rubio, Rousso, Rozanes, Sadikario, Saias, Samet, Saoul, Sason, Sciaky, Shabbet(h)ay, Sham, Shimeoni, ibn Shoshan, Sidalvo, Solas, Stroumsa, Sustiel, Taitazak, de Trani, Uziel, Villareal, Yitzhaki, Y(i)acoel, Yona/Jonah,
    Many of these family names culled from
    (1) the book, "Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950", by Mark Mazower,
    (2) the website of the Etz Haim Congregation of Indianapolis,
    (3) the website of the JewishEncyclopedia.com,
    (4) the website of the Beth Hatefutsoth.
    Families with members in the Monastirli section are shown as clickable links.

  • Jannina
    Jannina is one of the neighboring cities to Monastir, now on the Greek side of the border. In Ottoman times, Jannina was included in the same governmental unit as Monastir. For most of the time after the Expulsion from Spain, Jannina's Jewish population was predominantly of the older, Greek-speaking Romaniote group. Over time, the Jews of Jannina "inter-married" with the more recently arrived Sefaradim, and many families of Monastir include mebers who trace back to Jannina and vice-versa.
    The city's name was also variously transliterated as Yannina and Ioannina
    Following the Greek pronunciation, the Jews of Jannina were known as Yanniotis. Sefaradí families which were known to reside in Jannina included the following:
    Families with members in the Monastirli section are shown as clickable links.

This section compiled September 2005ce.
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