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FOURTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
The number of pupils in this School amounts to 139. In this establishment only Hebrew, French and Arabic are taught. I have the same observation to make here as in the school previously mentioned, that whilst there are a number of exceed-clever and naturally gifted boys, there are no standards of general efficiency to any great extent.
We thus find that of 10,000 Jews at Alexandria, taking the lowest computation, only 225 boys are receiving anything like an education from our European point of view. Deducting the children of the wealthier parents, this leaves a large number unaccounted for who can only receive the slenderest Hebrew instruction which the checlarim offer.
Another and a most distressing feature is that there is absolutely no provision whatsoever for female education.
I cannot conclude this report of the Alexandrian Schools without giving great praise to the zeal of the leading Alexandrian Jewish families, especially mentioning Messrs. Aghion, Mcnasce and JSTaggiar, and if they were only well supported by the general body of the community, their efforts would undoubtedly attain considerable results.
Egypt seems to be destined to play again an important part in the regeneration of the East, and it would be a sad reflection if, in this Oriental renaissance, the Jews should not take their proper position.
Cairo.—There is no official means of ascertaining the number of Jews in the Capital, nor in fact anywhere in Egypt, but the Jewish population of Cairo is very much larger than that of Alexandria, it does not consist of so many varied nationalities, has considerable local attachment, engendered by centuries of unbroken tenure, and counts amongst its Jewish population men of considerable social standing and political influence.
The community may congratulate itself upon the warm interest taken in its congregational and scholastic movements, pre-eminently by Signor Moses Cattaui, by his brother Signor J. M. Cattaui, and by their relative, Nissim Musseri Bey. They have to grapple with considerable difficulties, inasmuch as the great bulk of the Cairene Jewish population is very poor, or at best earning daily wages ; hence the few wealthy leading men are taxed both in money and services to the utmost extent.
The Talmud Torah Schools, which owe so much to the fostering care of the Cattaui family, instruct 175 boys and 175 girls in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian and French. I am much pleased to report upon this first- attempt at Jewish female education in Egypt-
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