North African Jews

A handful of African maps show evidence of a Jewish population living in Algeria and Tunisia. Evidence of this is through the specific notation of the cemeteries for Jews or "Israelites" and buildings labeled as synagogues. Jews lived and thrived in northern Africa for hundreds of years. Their numbers increased after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. They lived in places such as Tlemcen and Oran in Algeria and Sfax, Kairouan, and Sousse in Tunisia. After World War II the Jews moved again, this time to Israel or to France. The traces of their long history in northern Africa are mostly gone now with the cemeteries relocated or covered over, the neighborhoods changed, and the synagogues removed.