HYÈRES, coastal town in the Var department, S.E. France. During the Middle Ages there was a Jewish community there which had grown to 300 persons by the mid-14th century. The poet *Isaac b. Abraham ha-Gorni was a native of Hyères. Jews from North Africa established a new community in the 1950s, which numbered 140 in 1968 and possessed a synagogue.
Gross, Gal Jud, 49; B. Blumenkranz, in: Bulletin philologique et historique, 1965 (1968), 619; idem, in: Revue internationale d'Onomastique, 16 (1964), 265–8.
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