The Rise of a Levantine Community, 1860s-1930s
ii from Aleppo, Syria, to Beirut after WWI, establishing his bank in this commercial hub. He rapidly became a community leader: community council member and one of the major benefactors of the local Jewish community, supporting its various institutions. His son, Edmond J. Safra, a world-renowned banker in his own right, continued his father’s philanthropic tradition. In 1977, with Lily Safra and Nina Weiner, he founded the International Sephardic Education Foundation (ISEF) to help Israeli students from disadvantaged backgrounds attain higher education. My research received financial support that I gratefully acknowledge here. Throughout my graduate studies at Brandeis, I received funding from several institutions; ISEF supported me for five years, and considerably eased my life as a graduate student. Nevertheless, it is not merely funding that ties my project to ISEF. Due to the Lebanese roots of ISEF, I felt an even deeper connection to it. I would like to thank its staff; donors; and, in particular, its president, Nina Weiner, who agreed to support me as an ISEF Graduate Fellow. Additionally, throughout my research, the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, the Ben Tsvi Institute, and the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department at Brandeis University all awarded grants that enabled me to study archives in Israel and France, and I would like to offer them my sincerest thanks for this support. I would also like to thank another donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, for giving me a generous grant that supported the publication of this book. I would...
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