Morocco Jewish Tour and Adventure
Morocco Jewish Tour and Adventure
A quarter of a million Jews once lived in Morocco, the largest Jewish community in the Arab world. There was harmony between Muslim and Jewish culture
Days 1 & 2, CASABLANCA & RABAT
Casablanca is home to the largest Jewish community in Morocco and has numerous congregations, active communal institutions, and many highly recommended kosher restaurants. Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport. We start the sightseeing tour with the Habbous quarter, the United Nations square and the Hassan II mosque, the second biggest mosque in the world; then visit of the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) with its temples and synagogues such as Beth-El, Em Habanim and Neve Shalom.
Dinner & Overnight
Departure to Rabat and Sale. We’ll start off with a visit to Chellah and Kasbah of Oudayas next to the old Medina. Then Visit the Mellah, where many Jewish families still live, with its narrow streets and lively courtyards. Afterwards we visit Sale, where Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar , the famous 18th century scholar and cabbalist was born. –
Continue to MEKNES , a Moroccan imperial city known as “the Moroccan Versailles”. The visit will include Bab El Mansour, the Hedim square and the mosque of Moulay Ismail. We will visit the Mellah and the Synaguogue Also not to be missed for a pilgrimage, the tomb of Rabbi’ David Benmidan.
Head to Fez – for check in and overnight
Days 3 & 4, FEZ –SEFROU & BHALIL
Fes is rich in medieval Jewish history, in fact, it was the home of one of the all times most influential Talmudic scholars, Rabbi Isaac Alfasi, as well as of Maimonides in the years 1160 to 1165. The visit will include the Mellah with its Synagogues, and also a visit to the cemetery of Safroud where Rabbi Lahou Harroch and Rabbi Raphael Moshe Elbaz are buried.
Return to the hotel in Fes for overnight stay
Visit Sefrou, the capital of cherries. Sefrou, south of Fes, was known as Little Jerusalem due to its high percentage of Jews and its well-developed religious life. Upon Morocco’s independence, a rabbi from Sefrou was elected to Parliament. Sefrou’s mellah makes up half of the old city. En route to Sefrou make a short stop to visit Bhalil where we will visit the cave dwellers in town. There you are invited for lunch at a local family . A good example of interfaith dialogue in Morocco can be witnessed in the city of Sefrou. In Sefrou lived Muslims and Jews in good harmony door to door and practiced their religious rituals in unison.
Back to Fes overnight
Days 5 & 6, MARRAKESH
The Flight is about 1 hour , Departure from Fez at 12H55 arrival to Marrakech at 13H55
Arrival to Marrakech –
Transfer to the hotel, check in free time
Departure for the visit of the Square jemaa ELFENNA by Night, Dinner & Overnight
Marrakech Guides Historical Tour, City Visit, Yves Saint Laurent Gardens, Berber Museum & YSL museum, UNESCO Sites & Jewish Heritage Sites
The Old Spice Market, (RAHBA LAKDIMA), The Jewish Mellah
Founded in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah, the Mellah district was designated as the Jewish quarter in Marrakech.
El Bahia Palace, a beautiful building and an excellent example of Eastern Architecture from the 19th century that represents trends and standards of the wealthy that lived at that time.
Visit the Marrakech Lazama Synagogue in the old medina. There are approximately 250 Jews still living in Marrakech, and most live outside the Medina.
Visit Synagogue Bet-El, Impasse Des Moulins (Centre American) Gueliz. An several other sites & monuments .
Overnight in Marrakech