Haim Nahum

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Haim Nahum, Effendi, (1873-1960) was born in Turkey in a small town near Izmir. He studied in Istanbul and at the Sorbonne, Paris. He went to Ethiopia in 1908 to report on the Falasha Jews. Returning to Istanbul, he was chosen as Chief Rabbi of Turkey, a post which he held for 12 years. In 1922 he acted as advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister Ismet Pasha (Ismet Inonu) at the Conference in Lausanne. He was called to Cairo in 1925 and was appointed Grand Rabbi of Egypt and the Sudan on 2 March 1925. He was granted Egyptian citizenship in 1929, appointed by royal prescript to the prestigious Academie de langue Arabe on 6 October 1933, and appointed to the Egyptian senate. He died on 13 November 1960

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