The Moroccan Jewish Community has always been, and still is, one of the largest in the Arab World. Its heritage and history are little known abroad although every part of the Kingdom records an important Jewish legend. We are rediscovering this Jewish heritage, thereby learning more about the many sided histories of Morocco. Jews have been here for hundreds of years, they have lost nothing of their ancient traditions, special customs and culture. Moroccan kings protected Jews from harm and helped some of them develop the wealth that sustained the monarchy for many years.
Day 1 : 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.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. In the evening, head back to Rabat for dinner and overnight stay. Day 2 : RABAT/MEKNES: Departure 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 back to Fes via remains of the ancient roman city of Volubilis. At arrival at Fes, check in, dinner and overnight.Day 3 : FES MEDINAS TOUR :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.Day 4 : SEFROU & BHALIL: 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 my family home. 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.Day 5 : BACK TO CASABLANCA:Morning at your own leisure in your Riad or in exploring the Medina and drive back to Casablanca in the afternoonDay 6 : DEPARTURE:Transfer to Casablanca airport.