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Rouche, Isaac (Ishaq)
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Born in Tlemcen, Algeria, in 1906, Isaac Rouche was assistant chief rabbi of Oran, and teacher and mentor of a circle of Jewish intellectuals dismissed from their jobs by the Vichy government in the early 1940s. Serving as chief chaplain of Jewish North African volunteers and as a captain in the French army, Rouche went to Morocco in 1943. There he worked with Reuben Tajouri, Samuel-Daniel Levy, and Jules Braunschvig of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU) and a team of his disciples reunited from Oran to found the Ecole Normale Hebraïque in Casablanca, a secondary and teacher-trai…

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Sarah Frances Levin, “Rouche, Isaac (Ishaq)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 01 March 2021
First published online: 2010

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