Our 7-Day Jewish Heritage Tour provides the ultimate Jewish travel experience in Morocco. It is an intriguing and interesting trip for first-time Moroccan visitors interested in Jewish heritage.
Discover ancient synagogues, sacred graves, and Andalusian gardens. Visit the Jewish Museum, Africa’s first and only in the Muslim world. Attend Sabbath Jewish services and bake Shabbat bread at a historic Jewish household on our Jewish Heritage Tour.
Let’s start your Jewish Heritage Tour. Upon your arrival at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, you’ll have dinner at Casablanca’s Kosher Restaurant. Visit Casablanca’s Jewish Synagogue, Temple Beth-El. Beth-El is regarded as the focal point of a formerly flourishing Jewish community.
Tourists are drawn to this synagogue because of its stained glass windows and other aesthetic characteristics. As time allows, visit Temple Em Habanim and Neve Chalom.
In Casablanca, go to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. The Jewish Museum in Casablanca is the first of its sort in the Arab world, spanning 700 square meters. The Museum was founded in 1997 by the Jewish Community of Casablanca with the assistance of the Foundation of Jewish-Moroccan Cultural Heritage.
Visit the Mellah, which is almost a century old. While Jews no longer reside in the Mellah, kosher butchers may be found at the ancient market, alongside butchers who sell horse meat. The Jewish cemetery in the Mellah is spacious and peaceful. Casablanca holds a Hiloula, or prayer festival, once a year at the grave of the Jewish saint Eliahou.
Tour Casablanca’s Jewish Synagogue, Temple Beth-El. Beth-El is regarded as the focal point of a formerly flourishing Jewish community. Tourists are drawn to this synagogue by its stained glass windows and other aesthetic characteristics.
Investigate the Ettedgui Synagogue. The temple of prayer is next to the Mellah Museum, which displays paintings and images depicting the history of Judaism in Morocco. It was one of a dozen synagogues that got renovation financing, and King Mohammed VI personally attended the celebration of its reopening.
Visit the Royal Palace and the Hassan Tower, which are located on a hill overlooking Bouregreg. Visit the stunning Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is embellished with stained glass windows and white marble. Visit the Jewish Mellah, which is currently home to only a few Jewish families.
Option to visit Sale, the seashore village where Rabbi Hayyim Ben Moses Attar was born. Attar was an 18th century Kabbalist who was born in Morocco in 1696 and was well-known across the Jewish community for his mystical Bible exegesis.
Take the way to Meknes, the Imperial City. Begin the tour with a panoramic view of the old Islamic Medina, which features several tall and rising minarets. Other sights seen include Bab El Mansour, the Meknes Stables, Hedim Square, and Moulay Ismail’s mosque.
Discover the Jewish Mellah, with its small streets and vibrant courtyards. The presence of Jewish history may be seen in Hebraic epitaphs from the Christian era. These epitaphs, together with Greek inscriptions, may be seen on the Meknes Jewish zaouia, a pilgrimage site where Rabbi David Benmidan’s grave still stands.
Fes is one of the most well-known cities in Jewish history. It was previously Rabbi Isaac Alfasi’s residence, the most renowned Talmudic scholar. Fes’ Jewish Mellah dates back over 650 years. This charming suburb is adjacent to the Royal castle. During the 1912 pogrom, Jews sought refuge in this castle.
Visit the Jewish Cemetery on your Jewish Heritage Tour of Fes. More Jewish saints are buried here than in any other cemetery in Morocco. Solica, who was slain for refusing to convert to Islam, is one of the most prominent saints.
Explore the Maimonides. Traces of historic Jewish life may be seen throughout the old city of Fes, including the residence of Maimonides, who resided in the city from 1159 to 1165. Despite a diminishing population, the Jewish community of Fes is striving hard to preserve its communal spirit as well as its heritage and customs.
Tour the Danan Synagogue, which was formerly only one of several within Fes’s walls, and it was not the most elaborate. The Ibn Danan Synagogue is one of Morocco’s oldest and most complete synagogues. This synagogue, located in the mellah (Jewish district), is an unique survivor of a critical period in Moroccan Jewish history.
Stop along the way tp Marrakech to see the scenery of Ifrane University and take a quick walk around the garden. Upon your arrival to Marrakech to begin the Jewish Heritage Tour, visit the Jewish Mellah, which was created in 1558 by Moulay Abdallah and was recognized as Marrakech’s Jewish section.
Visit the Lazama Synagogue in Marrakech’s medieval medina. In 1558, this Quarter was established in the Kasbah neighborhood. Even though Jews were not permitted to hold property outside the Mellah, the Jewish community enjoyed autonomy. Outside the Medina, there are around 250 Jews left in Marrakech.
Investigate the Rabbi Hanania Hacohen Cemetery. Visit the Rabbi Hanania Hacohen Cemetery, where Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar and Rabbi Pinhas Hacohen Azough are buried, and where the “patron of Marrakech” lives.
Tour the Saadian tombs in Marrakech, which date back to Sultan Ahmad al-reign. Mansur’s (1578-1603). The graves were discovered very recently (in 1917) and were renovated by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum contains the remains of around sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty, which originated in the Draa River valley.
On this Jewish Heritage Tour, depart for the coastal fishing village of Essaouira, which is noted for its Portuguese and Jewish history, as well as hand-painted lovely blue, white, and yellow painted cottages, excellent seafood, and artistic culture.
The lovely artist enclave of Essaouira has whitewashed and blue-shuttered buildings, colonnades, thuya wood crafts, art galleries, and delectable seafood. Speaking of buildings, many of Essaouira’s painted buildings still feature the Star of David over Jewish doors.
Every year, Orthodox Jews from all over the globe travel to Essaouira to visit the burial of Rabbi Haim Pinto, who died in 1845. Every September, a Hiloula honoring Rabbi Haim Pinto is held. Rabbi Haim Pinto’s house and synagogue have been maintained as historic and religious landmarks.
Explore Essaouira’s important Jewish Heritage sites, which include the Attia Synagogue (House of Memory), Haim Pinto Synagogue, Bayt Dakira, the Jewish Mellah, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is distinguished by cubist and Amazigh tombstones. Head back to Marrakech to stay the night.
The Jewish Heritage Tour comes to an end. Your departure is expected to be from the airports of Casablanca or Marrakech.
Join us on our Jewish Heritage Tour to discover the Jewish traces in Morocco. Feel free to contact us if have any questions.