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ELBAZ, ELBAS

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. The name may be a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives. The family name may also be a patronymic, derived from a male ancestor's personal name, in this case of biblical origin.

The meaning of the Arabic family names Elbas amd Elbaz is "falcon". Elbaz/Albas has been linked to the biblical Joshua (which means "God is salvation" in Hebrew) because one of his surnames was "falcon"/"hawk". Yehoshua/Joshua was the son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim, and leader of the Israelites in the conquest of the land of Canaan. Some of the famous Tannaim ("rabbinic sages") bore the name Joshua, which eventually became a family name and produced many variants.

Elbaz is also associated with Albacyn, a district of the Spanish city of Granada, whose Arabic name was El Bayazin, that is "falcons" or "falconers", because falcons were bred there; or with Elbas/El Baz, the Jewish quarter of the Saharan town of Guerrara founded in the 16th century in central Algeria. Elbaz is recorded as a Jewish family name in 16th century Morocco, Albas and Albaz in 18th century North Africa.

Distinguished bearers of the Jewish family name Albas include the 16th century North African kabbalist, Moses Ben Maimon Albas( also spelled Albaz), and the Moroccan rabbi, Samuel Albas (1697-1749).

Distinguished bearers of the Jewish family name Elbaz include the Moroccan rabbi, kabbalist and poet, Raphael Moche Elbaz (1823-1896), and the 20th century Moroccan painter, Andre Elbaz (born 1932).
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Born in Mazagan (now Al Jadida), Morocco, he studied art and theatre in Rabat, Morocco, from 1950 to 1955, and then in Paris from 1957 to 1961. He started painting only at the age of 21, until which he had been interested mainly in theatre. A few years later he managed to combine his two passions, inventing, together with his wife, a psychiatrist, "Pictodrame", a new approach in art-therapy, that brought him world recognition. His first exhibition took place in Casablanca in 1961, and was very successful. Following the exhibition, Elbaz was appointed Professor at the Beaux-Arts school in Casablanca. In 1976, he exhibited his paintings at the Tel-Aviv Museum. Elbaz also produced several short films in France, Canada and the U.S.A. One film, "La nuit n'est jamais complete", won a prize at the 5th Biennale in Paris in 1967. Elbaz was fascinated by Holocaust themes, and produced a short film about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, as well as a series of drawings entitled "Seuls", accompanied by texts by Elie Wiesel and Naim Kattan. An exhibition with works inspired by the Holocaust was shown at Yad VaShem in Jerusalem, in 1985. The paintings of Elbaz boast traditional Jewish themes and present them in a chiefly expressionist style. A retrospective of his work was held at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, in 1990.
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ELBAZ Origin of surname
ELBAZ, ELBAS

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. The name may be a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives. The family name may also be a patronymic, derived from a male ancestor's personal name, in this case of biblical origin.

The meaning of the Arabic family names Elbas amd Elbaz is "falcon". Elbaz/Albas has been linked to the biblical Joshua (which means "God is salvation" in Hebrew) because one of his surnames was "falcon"/"hawk". Yehoshua/Joshua was the son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim, and leader of the Israelites in the conquest of the land of Canaan. Some of the famous Tannaim ("rabbinic sages") bore the name Joshua, which eventually became a family name and produced many variants.

Elbaz is also associated with Albacyn, a district of the Spanish city of Granada, whose Arabic name was El Bayazin, that is "falcons" or "falconers", because falcons were bred there; or with Elbas/El Baz, the Jewish quarter of the Saharan town of Guerrara founded in the 16th century in central Algeria. Elbaz is recorded as a Jewish family name in 16th century Morocco, Albas and Albaz in 18th century North Africa.

Distinguished bearers of the Jewish family name Albas include the 16th century North African kabbalist, Moses Ben Maimon Albas( also spelled Albaz), and the Moroccan rabbi, Samuel Albas (1697-1749).

Distinguished bearers of the Jewish family name Elbaz include the Moroccan rabbi, kabbalist and poet, Raphael Moche Elbaz (1823-1896), and the 20th century Moroccan painter, Andre Elbaz (born 1932).
Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People
Elbaz, Andre
Painter

Born in Mazagan (now Al Jadida), Morocco, he studied art and theatre in Rabat, Morocco, from 1950 to 1955, and then in Paris from 1957 to 1961. He started painting only at the age of 21, until which he had been interested mainly in theatre. A few years later he managed to combine his two passions, inventing, together with his wife, a psychiatrist, "Pictodrame", a new approach in art-therapy, that brought him world recognition. His first exhibition took place in Casablanca in 1961, and was very successful. Following the exhibition, Elbaz was appointed Professor at the Beaux-Arts school in Casablanca. In 1976, he exhibited his paintings at the Tel-Aviv Museum. Elbaz also produced several short films in France, Canada and the U.S.A. One film, "La nuit n'est jamais complete", won a prize at the 5th Biennale in Paris in 1967. Elbaz was fascinated by Holocaust themes, and produced a short film about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, as well as a series of drawings entitled "Seuls", accompanied by texts by Elie Wiesel and Naim Kattan. An exhibition with works inspired by the Holocaust was shown at Yad VaShem in Jerusalem, in 1985. The paintings of Elbaz boast traditional Jewish themes and present them in a chiefly expressionist style. A retrospective of his work was held at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, in 1990.