Jewish culture has been interwoven throughout Morocco for centuries. Morocco Jewish Tours offer a golden opportunity for Jewish travelers to discover Stories of the Jewish Mellah’s, a vibrant Jewish community, Synagogues, Andalusian and Moorish architecture, beautiful landscapes, Tombs and Holy places, and the only Jewish Museum in the Islamic world. By choosing one of the Top 6 Morocco Jewish Tours visitors are guaranteed a Moroccan cultural journey exploring picturesque markets, discovering the spice souks, contemporary museums, and wandering through majestic palaces, and Andalusian gardens.
Comprehensive Morocco Jewish Heritage Tours are led by expert, licensed guides who are Jewish Heritage specialists. Jewish guides will convey Morocco’s grand Jewish History. You can anticipate hearing Jewish tales, exploring Morocco’s Sephardic Jewish traditions and learning about the hidden jewels of Morocco’s Jewish past.
Some examples of the sites visited on Morocco Jewish Heritage Tours are Jewish Synagogues: Temple Beth-El in Casablanca, Ibn Dannon Synagogue in Fes and The Lazama Synagogue in Marrakech. Guided by local experts on Jewish life, travelers will also visit the Jewish Mellah in Fes, famous for it’s sprawling outdoor terraces, the Jewish Mellah in Marrakech and two Jewish Cemeteries along with the Tomb of Solica in Fes. In Essaouira, the renowned Chaim Pinto Synagogue is an important treasure along with the Slat Lkahal Synagogue, a former community synagogue, currently under a historic renovation. Recently refurbished are the Simon Attias Synagogue in Essaouira, formerly known as the Bet Ha-Knesset Simon Attias, M’sod Attias and Shaarei T’filah (bet kenesset, ‘house of assembly.’ On a Jewish Heritage, Tour Shabbat dinner at a Rabbi’s home can also be arranged to round out your private morocco travel experience.
The Times of Israel refers to “Morocco as a trove of history if you know where to go” and their article published in April 2019 confirms the presence of Jews in Morocco for thousands of years.
“The presence of Jews in Morocco stretches back more than 2,000 years.
Before the founding of Israel in 1948, estimates put their number as high as about 275,000, which was considered the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world, said Roy Mittelman, director of the Jewish studies program at The City College of New York. ”
Mittleman suggests the ideal reading material before embarking on a Jewish Heritage Tour to be inclusive of Shlomo Dessen’s “The Mellah Society: Jewish Community Life in Sherifian Morocco” which focuses on pre-colonial Morocco and is based on the writings of 18th- and 19th-century Judeo-Moroccan sages. He also recommends Bulgarian Jewish writer Elias Canetti, “The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit.”
“Two Thousand Years of Jewish life in Morocco by Haim Zafrani.” Drawing on his Jewish-Moroccan heritage and knowledge of ancient and modern Oriental languages, the late Professor Zafrani traces Sephardic Jewish life and its legacy in once multicultural Morocco from exile from biblical Israel to the return to the modern state of Israel and elsewhere after 1948.
For books about Jewish life in Morocco that would serve as preparation for a Jewish Trip Alecia Cohen, Curator, and Owner of Travel Exploration Morocco Jewish Tours suggest the following books:
The Top 6 Morocco Jewish Heritage Tours Offer a Comprehensive Cultural experience for families and couples interested in exploring Morocco’s Jewish past.
1. Jewels of Jewish Heritage
Anticipate exploring the hidden Jewels of Jewish Morocco on this private tour. Morocco boasts beautiful landscapes, picturesque markets, and a Jewish community with strong ties. Discover the old Jewish quarters in Fes, Meknes, Marrakech & Essaouira. Shabbat Services & Kosher options available.
2. Jewish Heritage Highlights
Discovery of the historic Jewish quarters in the Imperial Cities, their Andalusian architecture and the only Jewish Museum in the Islamic world. Up close experience with the Jewish community and a glimpse into the lives of Jews living in Morocco today. Shabbat Services & Kosher options available.
3. Moroccan Jewish Odyssey
Expect dramatic contrasts as you encounter Morocco’s Jewish Heritage on this Cultural Tour. Explore Jewish Heritage Sites, Stories of the Mellah, Sacred Mosques, Roman Ruins, an endless Sahara Desert. Visit Morocco’s colorful souks, ancient Kasbahs and rural Berber Villages
4. Jewish Heritage Footprints
Follow the Footprints of Moroccan Jews on this comprehensive Jewish Heritage Tour. Visit Jewish Heritage Sites including the Synagogues in Fes and Marrakech. Trace the footprints of Sephardic Jews who fled from Spain to Morocco. Discover the home of Maimonides and remarkable Adobe Synagogue in Arazan.
5. Jewish Nostalgia
For travelers of Moroccan descent, our Jewish Heritage Nostalgia Tour combines site seeing of Jewish Sites while tracing the heritage of family ancestry for those who wish to discover their Jewish past. Travelers visit Jewish neighborhoods, historic homes, and synagogues where family members once resided.
6. Kosher Morocco Tour
Our Kosher Morocco Tour offers travelers with Kosher requirements the opportunity to explore the country. Anticipate a guided tour of Morocco’s Jewish Heritage Sites, Synagogues, and neighborhoods. Kosher restaurant dining or private catering offered.