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BERGEL (Abergel) , Moroccan family. The Bergels came from Safi. They settled in Tangiers, Marseilles, and Gibraltar, where before 1810 moses founded a powerful commercial organization. His son yom tov (1812–1894), an outstanding figure in western Mediterranean Jewry, served as president of the Gibraltar community from 1860. He helped the Péreire family in establishing the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique in Morocco. Yom Tov and his son moses of Marseilles obtained the monopoly for the sale of specialized Moroccan products in Europe.


jc (Oct. 26, 1894); Miège, Maroc, 2 (1961), 121, 250, 511; 3 (1962), 487.

[David Corcos]