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Sephardi Jewish Philanthropy in Cairo during the First Half of the 20th Century

Sephardi Jewish Philanthropy in Cairo during the First Half of the 20th Century

Focusing on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as on Cairo and its Sephardi Jewish community, this study offers a detailed organizational history of its philanthropic work. I argue that it was shaped by the need of that community to reorganize its communal structures and institutions, as a result of mass migration of Jews into Cairo. This entailed a move by the organized community to take control of philanthropic work, which hitherto was in private hands, with partial, but significant, success. It both mirrored, and responded to, a similar move by the Egyptian state to control social welfare in the country, without replacing non‑governmental, and especially non‑Muslim, communal philanthropic organizations. In this process, the Jewish upper‑ and middle‑classes rechanneled their efforts and funds into communally organized philanthropy, which they used in order to perform their social status, as well as to implement their modernizing agendas. These included a reconceptuali…