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The collection consists of photographs (almost all black & white original silver prints) showing Jamal Twins, mainly from their world tour in the 1950s; Newspaper clippings in various languages, mainly in English, French, Arabic and Chinese, collected from the press published in the countries where the Jamal Sisters showed; Original pair of Sagat - a small cymbal-like finger instrument which was used by the Jamal Twins while dancing.

Title Jamal Twins Collection. -אוסף האחיות ג'מאל.
Additional Titles אוסף האחיות ג'מאל.
Creation Date 1951-2005
Citation Note V. 3597 Jamal Twins Collection, Archives Department, The National Library of Israel, Jerusalem
Notes Fonds Record
Berthe Reeman (Lys Jamal) was born on November 2, 1932, in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Jewish family. Her father, Fishl Alpert, was a musician who emigrated from Austria. Both, Berthe and her older sister, Helena (Lyn, born in 1930) received musical education and ballet classes. Their talent as belly dancers brought them to the stages of the Cairo nightclubs, where they gained a great deal of success in early age. They were known as "The Jamal Twins", "The Jamal Sisters" or: "Lyn and Lys". During the late 1940s and 1950s they starred in many Egyptian films and toured all over the Far East. In 1958, after a successful tour in India, receiving a message they are wanted by the Egyptian police, they immigrated with their mother, Jeanine Alpert, to USA. During the early 1960s, they stopped gradually their public performances and concentrated in teaching Belly dancing and choreography. Lyn died in Long Island, New York, in 1992. Her sister, Berthe-Lys Reeman died in 2016 in Sherman, Connecticut.
Language note/הערת שפה: The materials in this collection are in English, French, Arabic and Chinese.
Ownership History This collection was permanently deposited at the National Library of Israel in April 2017 by Mr. David Marks, through his daughter, Ms. Shelly Abrahami.
Format 0.3 meters..
Language English
Call Number V 3597
System Number 990043645100205171

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