Sémach, Yomtob
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Yomtob Sémach(1869–1940) was one of the most influential educators of the Alliance Israelite Universelle(AIU) system in Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire, and Morocco over a period spanning fifty years. He was born in Yambol, Bulgaria, in 1869 into a wealthy merchant family originally from Edirne (Adrianople) and was educated at the local AIU schools and then at the École Normale Israélite Orientale in Paris. He began his teaching career at an  AIU school in Sousse, Tunisia, in 1891, but returned to  Bulgaria two years later following the death of his father, and was appointed f…

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Mohammed Kenbib and Daniel Schroeter, “Sémach, Yomtob”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 16 August 2017
First published online: 2010



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