Sometimes it's hard to tell the Jewish players in Jerusalem today without a scorecard. It was probably even harder 100 or 140 years ago.
|Original caption: "Ashkenazim|
(German Jews)" 1876. The term "Ashkenazi"
generally refers to Jews from western or
|Original American Colony caption: "Group of |
Ashkenazim Jews" 1900. These Jews are most
definitely not from Europe. They are "Sephardi"
Jews from Arab lands, and most likely from Yemen
Which Jew is Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Yemenite, Chassidic, anti-Chassidic misnaged, anti-Zionist Satmar, etc.? Sometimes it's difficult for veteran Jerusalemites to tell today. Imagine how difficult it was for the Christian photographers of the American Colony photographic department 100 years ago. Usually, they got it correct, but not always.
|"Arab Jew from Yemen" (1898)|
note the term "Arab Jew"
|"Moorish Jew" (1900) from|
Note the American Colony's original captions.
From all the photographs one conclusion is certain and elementary: The Jews -- all sorts of Jews --were a part of the Jerusalem landscape 100 years ago and even 150 years ago when photography was in its infancy.
|Elderly Jewish? (sic) man, seated|
under tree (1898)
Click on the photos to enlarge. Click on the captions to see the originals.