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Jessurun family collection

Identifier: AR 1213

Scope and Content Note

The first folder contains business certificates for Moses Jessurun, such as mortgage (1798-1838) and insurance (1820) records. According to an added, handwritten note, only Christians were allowed to own real estate in Hamburg prior to 1842, but the records show that exceptions were granted.

Family records may be found in folder 2: there is an engagement contract between Rebecca Jessurun in Hamburg and Charles Morris from London, July 10, 1860. Also included is the photograph copy from a community document in the year 5420 (1660) with, among others, the signature of Joseph Jessurun. - An oversize folder holds the Jessurun family tree since 1748, beginning with David Israel and Rachel Brandon.

The Courtage-Buch in folder 3 contains the tobacco merchant David Jessurun’s 166 page business log, including private family entries. Loose leaves found in the log have been separated.


  • Creation: 1798-1841

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and Portuguese.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Biographical Note

Moses Jessurun was the father of David, who died in 1871.


0.25 Linear Feet


The collection pertains to the Portuguese Jewish Jessurun family in 19th century Hamburg, including business and private documents.


The materials have been arranged in one series.

Physical Location

V 8/8

Separated Material

A commemorative 1915 medal from Amsterdam and a Megillat Esther from the 18th century have been removed to the LBI Art and Objects collection. The call number of the medal is 61.187.

One book, a short history of the Portuguese-Jewish congregation in Hamburg by Alfred Feilchenfeld, has been removed to the LBI Library.

Another book, a Sephardic prayer book in French (Prières journalières à l'usage des juifs portugais ou espagnols : ce volume contient les prières de tous les jours ouvriers, des samedis, des Ros-Hodes, de Hanouca, de Pourim, avec leurs Paraschiot, du Jeûne particulier & autres prières, traduites de l'hébreu : auxquelles on à ajouté des notes élémentaires, pour en faciliter l'intelligence / par Mardochée Venture. Nice : Chez M. Lambert, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1772), has been transferred to the library of the American Sephardi Federation, call number BM675.D3 Z585 1772.

Guide to the papers of the Jessurun family collection 1798-1841 AR 1213
Processed by LBI staff
© 2014
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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