SITBON , prominent family of wealthy merchants, rabbis, and community leaders in 18th-century *Tunis. abraham sitbon, who lived for many years in Bizerta, was an official and tax collector, who bore the title of qaid. As a leader of the Jewish community he entertained Ḥ.J.D. *Azulai on his visit to Tunis in 1773–74 and is mentioned in the latter's writings. samuel and judah were merchants and shippers; the latter traveled to Leghorn. joseph (late 18th century) was a rabbi and kabbalist in Tunis. His kabbalistic treatise, Ahavat Adonai, a commentary on the Idra Zuta, was written in 1778 and published in Leghorn in 1871.
Hirschberg, Afrikah, 2 (1965), 131, 137–9; D. Cazès, Notes bibliographiques… (1893), 302–4.