web analytics
September 1, 2015 / 17 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Juliette Samama: Volunteer Par Excellence

Juliette Samama

Juliette Samama

Volunteerism is in her DNA. Juliette Samama was born in Tunis, Tunisia, daughter of Rav Ishua Shtrug, the rabbi, chazan (cantor), mohel (circumsciser) and shochet (ritual slaughterer) of the city’s Jewish community. He performed the functions of four men, yet did not draw a salary. He was a wine merchant, owning and operating the largest wine refinery in the country: this was his source of income. All the above-mentioned vital functions he performed as a service to the community on a voluntary basis.

His daughter, Juliette, began her volunteer work already in her teens. She was a youth counselor in the Zionist movement — “HaNoar HaTziyoni.” Every free moment she spent with Jewish youngsters, conducting lectures and activities to inspire love of the Land of Israel and promote eventual settling on its soil.

Juliette enrolled in the Alliance Israelite School and earned a college degree in education. Even before completing her studies and working as a substitute teacher, she extended her volunteer Zionist activities to encouraging aliyah among her fellow students. Her activities included the city Le Kef, beyond her native Tunis. It was in Le Kef that she met her future husband, Yehoshua Samama.

The year was 1949, a momentous period in the life of the nascent Jewish State. It had just emerged victorious from the united onslaught of five Arab states and local Arabs armed by the British. The state’s parliament, the Knesset was established, the basic infrastructure of the country was being built and the gates of the Land were wide open to receive the Jews returning from 2,000 years of Exile.

Our young couple, Juliette Shtrug and Yehoshua Samama, were among those who made the journey from the Exile to the Jewish Home. In 1950 they got married and began planning their aliyah: they went on Hachshara in Tunisia — a period of study and preparation for life in Israel.

On arrival in Israel they joined Kibbutz Shoresh, founded on the site of the former Arab village of Saris, captured in April 1948. The village was situated on a strategic hilltop overlooking the highway to Jerusalem, from where they used to shoot on the vehicles below. That year a group of immigrants from Eastern Europe founded a kibbutz on the site, naming it Shoresh, a Hebrew adaptation of the name Saris.

Eventually the young couple moved to Jerusalem. The 1950’s were years of severe trial for the country and for the Samama family. Food and other vital provisions were in short supply; Yehoshua had to toil in the strenuous labor of road construction; a flu epidemic claimed the life of three-year old Aryeh, their first-born son.

Finally the family settled in Netanya where they were blessed with three children — Shirat, Aryeh and Einat — and Yehoshua soon established his own diamond polishing enterprise. In 1969 Juliet opened a gift store in the Four Seasons’ Hotel and a few years later, another one in the city’s main square.

Juliette’s life took an unexpected turn when her husband Yehoshua died suddenly in 1990. She terminated all the different business enterprises and in 2002 returned to full-time volunteerism. She contacted “Bituah Leumi,” Social Security Agency in Israel, and offered her services “to help people with problems.

“I took a course on Alzheimers’ disease, so that I know how to help the patients and their families. I am in contact with Holocaust survivors to help them with their rights and privileges. I meet with different disadvantaged groups and help them with the paper work to obtain the assistance that available to them from the system.”

Juliette Samama is in her element. Her whole life has been dedicated to helping – to serving her community, freely, without expecting remuneration. A volunteer par excellence.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Juliette Samama: Volunteer Par Excellence”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Rocket Crossing
ISIS-Linked Gaza Terror Rocket Fails to Reach Southern Israel
Latest Sections Stories
South-Florida-logo

The flag had been taken down in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting and was now back and flying.

South-Florida-logo

A light breakfast of coffee and danishes will be available during the program.

South-Florida-logo

A variety of glatt kosher food will be available for purchase at Kosher Korner (near Section 1).

South-Florida-logo

Jewish Press South Florida Editor Shelley Benveniste will deliver a talk.

Corey Brier, corresponding secretary of the organization, introduced the rabbi.

The magnificent 400-seat sanctuary with beautiful stained glass windows, a stunning carved glass Aron Kodesh, a ballroom, social hall, and beis medrash will accommodate the growing synagogue.

Even when our prayers are ignored and troubles confront us, Rabbi Shoff teaches that it is the same God who sent the difficulties as who answered our prayers before.

I’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding bullies, friendship and learning disabilities.

His parents make it clear that they feel the right thing is for Avi to visit his grandfather, but they leave it up to him.

There is a rich Jewish history in this part of the world. Now the hidden customs are being revealed, as many seek to reconnect with their roots.

There are times when a psychiatrist will over-medicate, which is why it’s important to find a psychiatrist whom you trust and feel comfortable with.

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder created one of the most famous, and valuable, pieces of film and became forever linked with one of the greatest American national tragedies when he stood with his camera on an elevated concrete abutment as President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Exhibited here is […]

More Articles from Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson
Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson

All along, Ariella Barker dreamed of a legal system where justice was tempered with compassion.

Yehudit Huebner at an Emunah Women’s concert in her honor in October of 2013.

In 1939, with life getting harder for Jews, she and several friends decided it was time to make aliyah, and applied at the Palestina Amt for permits.

Who is this wonder woman? Tally Makovsky Eitan is a scion of a family that has lived in Jerusalem for eleven generations!

Her grandsons were eager to reveal their grandmother’s earlier frustration with the unfair, inaccurate narrative of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The visionary champion of women’s rights in Judaism was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother.

This belief was coupled with the spirit of “Am Yisrael HaShalem” (One United People), in the Ben Yehuda household: to love and help all Jews without distinction.

It was Lia van Leer who changed the image of filmmaking in Israel so that it is now seen as an expression of culture and not mere entertainment.

In 1756, when the ominous threat of Islamic terror against Jews reached Tunis as well, Friha became one of its tragic victims.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/jewess-press/impact-women-history/juliette-samama-volunteer-par-excellence/2013/03/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: