The Seror Family of the Middle East

Updated February 27, 2003

Yona Hassibe Srour
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I've been working on The Seror/Srour Genealogy for the last two years. My heritage is rich in history. We are a very old family. The biggest question in everyone's mind is where did we originally come from? And how did we end up in Lebanon? So far the unproven theory is that we came from Morocco/Tunisia, still unproven. We do have proven documentation that we are indeed from Seville, Spain. Jean-Louis Seror of Algiers and now France told me, that an article written in 1955 by the Great Rabbi of Algiers, Maurice Eisenbeth discussed the exudes of Jews in 1391 from Spain to North Africa. Four families came to Algiers with Rab Ephraim Ankaoua and Rabbi Isaac Bar Checheth called Barfat or Ribach. These families were Stora, Duran, Seror and Benaim. Thousands of Jews immigrated in 1391 because there was a great deal of persecution against the Jews of Seville and Majorca.

There were also a few Seror Rabbis from Algiers between 1625 and 1780. Solly Srour of Wisconsin said that there were three people named Shama, Levy and Srour and they traveled on a pilgrimage to Israel. It is conceivable that if they are descendants of these Rabbi's that they would want to make the excursion to Jerusalem. The three decided to settle in Deir-el-Qamar, Lebanon for two major reasons. Firstly, by being situated on a mountain it gave them relief from the humid weather. Secondly, they traded below in the port city of Sidon, which was then the major port city.

Originally, I had thought that we resided in Lebanon for roughly 400 years and that we immigrated over Northern Africa because of the Spanish Inquisition. However, if we came from Algiers, that would date the Srour family to an estimate immigration from 1725 to 1780, approximately 250 years. When Solly Srour was burying his father Daoud, they found a tombstone that dated back to the crusades (1100's). This tombstone was taken to a museum. This may date Jews in Lebanon back over a thousand years, but probably not the Srour family. The oldest Jewish Families in Lebanon were Srour, Mann, Hannon, and Dana. We also built the synagogue in Deir-el-Qamar.

I have also found some Srours residing in Columbia (we are still looking for the link). They had two ancestors, Jamie Faired and her brother Elijah who built a synagogue in Beirut. They also had a story, which I have heard of before but I don't know from where. The story is of Raphael and another brother; They ran away from Lebanon because they killed a man who was trying to kidnap their sister to marry her. Has anyone heard of this story before?

Another relative, Alfredo Claude Srour, who currently resides in Brazil, spoke with a Rabbi. The Rabbi said that it is possible that the Srour Family is descendants of Queen Esther from The story of Purim. Esther's children after the attempt at genocide were known as the children of Happiness. Srour means happiness. The word Srour is reportedly in the Torah-Tanach twice.

Cousins are missing in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Israel and France. If you have any information about a Srour that you know (even with a different spelling) or any information about general Jewry in Lebanon. I am now including books of Seror/Srour/Srur/Serur/Serour/Sroor/Serure/Sroore/Sror from Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Syria. If you want to register your family. Please email me. If you have any information to add to what I have about the history of the Seror families of the Middle East. Please email me. If you want to be included in the mailing list email me. VERY IMPORTANT, Please email the website address to any and all Srour's in the World.

Sincerely,

Yona H. Srour

PS The Family Tree is easier to read through the OUTLINE. Another cool feature is the Calendar (found in the BOOK), which tells you everyone’s birthday and their age. Email me!!! Tell me what you think!!!


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Family Photos

  • Yona Srour in 1998 (80 KB)
    Trip to Kent Falls Conn.
  • Jacob and Danny Srour of Kahli, Columbia (83 KB)
    Jacob and Danny Srour with mother. The great ancestors of Danny are Faride and Mousa Srour that built a synogog across the Street from Magen Avraham
  • Smoking Argilas in 1926 (26 KB)
    L-R, Rebecca Morali (Badia's mother) , Suzette Srour Hallak (Daoud's Sister), Leila Baakline Srour (Salim's wife) , Badia Morali, Daoud Srour, Becky Srour Udassin, Liliy Srour Elia (sisters)
  • Dance Recital of 1955 (14 KB)
    arriere: la 5e, Rosette Antebi, Gaby Elia... la derniere Rosette Chams. 1er rang, de g.a d.: Yvette Preciado, Aviva Lubeltchik, Bahie Tache
  • David Hallak's Bar Mitzvah May 1967 (27 KB)
    Clement Hallak, Albert Elia, Unknown, Kamel Bazbaz, Albert Hallak, 2nd row center Iskandar Srour, and Albert Mizrahi. Celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of David Hallak
  • Passover Seder of 1955 (33 KB)
    1955: Seder chez Daoud et Badia Srour: De gauche à droite: Moussa Srour, Dr. Elie Hallak, Albert Elia, Shelly Elia, Gaby Elia, Dany Hallak, Suzette Hallak avec le bébé David, Clément Hallak, Eddy Elia, Rebecca Elia, Marie Elia, Sarah Srour, Lily Elia, Badia Srour, Olga Dana, Bahié Matalon, Jamilé Srour, Lucien Elia, Denise Elia, Jacqueline Elia, Maurice Elia, Daoud Srour, Raffoul Elia, Albert Hallak, Moise Dana, Zouki Dana, Joseph Elia, Iskandar Srour. (courtesy Gaby Elia-Tawfik)
  • Yona Srour in Puerto Vallarta in 1999 (14 KB)
    Yona Srour in Puerto Vallarta in 1999
 

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