Israel Hanukoglu, Ph. D.
Laboratory of Cell Biology
Ariel University
Ariel 40700, Israel

Hanukoglu Family

The Hanukoglu family name started with our father Moshe Hanukoglu and mother Sinyora Djeni Benezra. Our father was born in Kutaisi, Georgia in 1902, as Moshe Enukashvili. This last name in Georgian means "the son of Enuka", which according to the linguist Prof. Reuven Enukashvili may originate from the Hebrew name Enoch or Hanoch. Our father immigrated to Turkey in about 1920. His family from Georgia later followed him to Turkey. In Turkey he changed his name to Hanukoglu at the time of the new regulations about Family last names. Similar to the "shvili" suffix in Georgian, the word "oglu" in Turkish means also "the son of". Our parents got married in 1942 in Istanbul and raised their family there. The whole family immigrated to Israel in 1970.

On the maternal side our family originates from the Sephardic Jewish families, Benezra and Behar, who emigrated from Spain after the expulsion of the Jews from there in 1492. For further information see the page on Turkish Jews.

Nearly all the uncles and aunts from both sides of the family made Aliyah to Israel in their youth, either before the declaration of Israel's independence (1948) or in the early 1950's. Our uncle Avraham Enukasvili (z"l) was one of the early pioneers. After immigration he joined the pre-state Hagana forces. He fought on the Northern front against invading Syrian forces and was killed in 1948 (See the National Remembrance site of the Israel Defense Forces).

Family Genealogy

I am working on the genealogy of the following families:

Paternal side: Enukashvili, and Tavdidishvili from Kutaisi, Georgia.

Maternal side: Benezra, Behar (Bahar), Adato families from Kirklareli and Edirne provinces of Turkey.

The database has information over six generations encompassing over 700 people, including many individuals who have married into these families. If you have relevant information about these families please contact me.

The software that I use is Genbox Family History. This is an outstanding program that uses MS Access database structure. It is both advanced and user-friendly. Most highly recommended!