Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, L'

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ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE, L' (Heb. לישלאה), town in the Vaucluse department, S.E. France. The L'Isle community, smallest of the four communities of *Comtat Venaissin, was formed at the latest at the close of the 13th century. During the French Revolution, the carrière (Jewish quarter) of L'Isle was all but abandoned. At the time of the Reign of Terror, when there was a controversy over the sale of the silver belonging to the synagogue, no Jew intervened; it can therefore be assumed that the community had ceased to exist. Known scholars of L'Isle were the brothers Isaac and Jacob Gard (mid-16th century) and Ḥayyim Judah b. Jacob Segre, who died in L'Isle in 1633.


Gross, Gal Jud, 310f.; J. de Joannis, Le Fédéralisme … à L'Isle (1884), 240; I. Loeb, in: rej, 12 (1886), 170, and index volume; Z. Szajkowski, Franco-Judaica (1962), index.

[Bernhard Blumenkranz]