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The Jews of Santa Coloma de Querlalt

Professor Yom Tov Assis is a member of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as head of Hispania Judaica Research Center that is part of the Institute.

Yom Tov Assis dedicated the sixth volume of the Hispania Judaica series to the small Jewish community of Santa Coloma de Querlalt located in the province of Catalunia.

Its economic and demographic aspects are based on the notarial documents for a period of 9 years at the end of the 13th century found in the local archives.

The present index includes 42 surnames with their given names, the year and place, and the reference. Although the book is dedicated to Santa Coloma de Querlalt, one Jew is is from Barcelona, two are from Cervera, one from Guimera, one from Lerida and one from Montealbo. The documents cover the 9 years of 1290-1299 and therefore cover only a small segment of the names of the region.

Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the tremendous contributions and lifelong dedication of Mathilde Tagger, z"l who made this index available. For many years, and right until her untimely death, Mathilde Tagger was a very close friend and collaborator with Jeff Malka. Together they worked to promote Sephardic genealogy research and educate the public about its enormous potential.

In addition, we express our grateful appreciation to Dr. Jeff Malka for his monumental ongoing effort to collect and make accessible Sephardic genealogical information, and for his generosity in contributing his extraordinarily valuable collection to JewishGen.


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