The Jews in Palestine in the Eighteenth Century: Under the Patronage of the Istanbul Committee of Officials for Palestine

Synopsis

Despite financial and physical hardships, the Jewish settlements of Jerusalem, Hebron, Tiberias, and Safed gained a foothold in Palestine--the Yishuv--in the 18th century. Their success was in large part owing to the efforts of the Istanbul Committee of Officials for Palestine, who after 1726 oversaw the collection of support money for the Yishuv, managed the Palestine community's budget, established regulations for governing the communities, and settled disputes between the Jews and the gentiles.