The Jewish presence in Morocco stretches back 2,500 years. There, Jews traditionally fulfilled the roles of cattle traders and businessmen. The Inquisition in Spain and Portugal led to the arrival of many Spanish Jews and the development of a unique culture and community, which numbered 300,000 Jews in its heyday. Today, only about 3,500 Jews remain in Morocco, but they are undoubtedly the largest and best-organized Jewish community in the Arab world.
The Morocco experience is both unique and impressive: breathtaking landscapes, delicious cuisine, and an amazingly hospitable population-both Jewish and Muslim.
Our journey to this wonderful country of contrasts- deserts, fertile valleys and medieval cities-will include the fabulous Royal Cities of Marrakesh, Meknes and Fes, the modern life style in Casablanca, and a glimpse into the remote world of the Atlas Mountains. Of course, our itinerary will include encounters with the remains of the once-magnificent Jewish community: ancient
market alleyways, synagogues and cemeteries, all witness to the former glory of Jewish Morocco.
- The medieval markets of Fes
- Encounters with vibrant contemporary Jewish life in Casablanca
- A visit to the famous ‘Casbah’ of Marrakech
- Accompanied by Morocco’s foremost Jewish tour educator, Rafi Elmaliah