5 of the Best Morocco Jewish Day Tours:
On a Morocco Jewish Day Tour you will learn about the Jewish culture that has been interwoven throughout Morocco for centuries.
HIGHLIGHTS – 5 MOROCCO JEWISH DAY TOURS:
1. Casablanca, Morocco Jewish Day Tour
Casablanca is respectively admired for its longstanding Jewish Heritage. On a Casablanca, Morocco Jewish Day Tour you will follow in the footprints of Moroccan Jews who lived there for centuries. Tour Casablanca’s Jewish Museum, the only one of its kind in the Islamic World. The Museum of Moroccan Judaism has a range of religious, ethnographic and artistic objects which demonstrate the history, religion, traditions and daily life of Jews in the context of Moroccan civilization. The museums director, Zhor Rhihil, is Muslim and a leading expert who has curated the collection along with special exhibitions. On this Casablanca Day Tour you will also visit Jewish Synagogues including Temple Beth-El renowned for it’s stain glass windows, discover the Jewish Quarters (Mellah), historic Tombs within the Cemetery and the souks. For those who want an extended experience it is possible to meet the Jewish community, have lunch at the Kosher Club and also attend Shabbat services on the sabbath.
Since the 9th Century, the Imperial city of Fes is known to have once hosted the largest and oldest Jewish communities in Morocco.
2. Fes, Morocco Jewish Day Tour
Since the 9th Century, the Imperial city of Fes is known to have once hosted the largest and oldest Jewish communities in Morocco. As Morocco’s intellectual and spiritual capitol, the Marinid’s founded the Jewish Mellah, in Fes El Bali, old Fes. The majority of Jews resided there until they were moved to Fes El Jadid, new Fes, adjacent to the King’s palace which intern provided the monarchy direct control over their artisan skills and the advantageous diplomatic relations they had with Europe. On This Fes Morocco Day Tour, travelers will visit the Jewish Quarter of Fes dates, the Jewish Mellah, Ibn Dannan Synagogue, a 17th Century Jewish landmark, Talmud Torah Synagogue and El Fassiyeen Synagogue. Discover the blue-painted tomb and story of Solica while exploring the Jewish cemetery and its white washed tombs. A special treat is to visit the home of Maimonides and Maimonides Jewish Community Center. Meet the Jewish community at Shabbat Services and have Dinner at a Rabbi’s Home or Kosher Restaurant.
3. Marrakech, Morocco Jewish Day Tour
Explore Marrakech on a Jewish Heritage Day Tour. Discover this city of underground channels built by the architects from Cordoba, Spain to provide water for the town and Palmery. Visit the 16th Century Ibn Lazama Synagogue, an important testament to Morocco’s Jewish History. Meet KaA Roumani, an anthropologist from London who works as a guide at the Lazama Synagogue. Explore the Miâara Jewish Cemetery and Shop in the Old Spice Market located within the Jewish Mellah. The Rahba Kedima is a colorful market filled with a wide array of typical Moroccan spices including cumin, cinnamon, saffron, dried pepper, and many more. Enjoy Shabbat Services and Shabbat Dinner with a Jewish family at a Private Home in the Marrakech Medina.
4. Essaouira, Morocco Jewish Day Tour
Essaouira referred to as, Old Mogador, is one of the most famous cities visited by first time travelers to Morocco who are interested in Morocco’s Jewish Heritage and wish to explore the Atlantic coast. Explore Essaouira’s Jewish Heritage Sites on this Morocco Day Tour. Discover the Jewish Mellah, the Hiloula, Ancient Rabbi’s, soulful door paintings and carved emblems in the old Jewish Quarter. Visit the Haim Pinto Synagogue, the Attia Synagogue and the House of Memory. Not to missed is the Jewish Marine Cemetery, separated from the ocean by a single wall. It has over two thousand tomb stones made of rock in cubist shapes which date back to the 18th century. This cemetery also houses the mausoleum of Rabbi Haim Pinto. Essaouira’s total population is 70,000 with fewer than 25 Jews. The Jewish community dates from around 1700.
Tangier, the capital of the Tétouan and often referred to as “The Bride of the North” boasts a rich Jewish history.
5. Tangier, Morocco Jewish Day Tour
Tangier, the capital of the Tétouan and often referred to as “The Bride of the North” boasts a rich Jewish history. This white washed city sits at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. Discover Tangier’s rich Jewish Heritage and the architecture of the Moors on this Morocco Day Tour. Jews who migrated to Tangier were once known as Tanja or Tingus. They fled after the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and settled among the Berbers. There was a second wave of Jewish migration in Tangier from those who lived in the Iberian Peninsula in 1492. During the Alhambra Decree Jews were expelled Spain and Portugal. This second wave of immigration changed Moroccan jewry, as they largely embraced the Andalusian Sephardic liturgy, creating a population of Moroccan Jews that gained a primarily Sephardic identity. Highlights seen on this Tangier Jewish Morocco Day Tour are visiting the Moshe Nahon Synagogue, Chaar Rafael Synagogue, Temple Chocron, Tangier’s Jewish Mellah and this historic cemetery. Touring the American Ligation Museum, strolling the Grand Socco and sipping Mint Tea at Cafe Hafa are essential activities not to missed.