“We have no Jews in Morocco, only Moroccans.” This was the King Mohammed V famous response to the appeal by the French Vichy regime to get a list of the Moroccan Jews for deportation. The existence of Jews in Morocco goes back to more than 2000 years with a number of 275.000 as the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world. They were and are still living peacefully with the Moroccan Muslims side by side, shop by shop, home by home, synagogue next the mosque and next to the church.
This tour is not just only for mountains, desert, ocean and berber villages. This tour for all kinds including those who are eager to explore Morocco deep Jewish roots. It’s about reconnecting the Jews with their roots in the land where they were and still are largely welcomed compared to other places. It’s about Preserving Religious Diversity in the land of peace.
This is your first day of pilgrimage tour of Jewish legacy in Morocco, Casablanca is a good place to start for a grounding pilgrimage tour of Jewish legacy, your most vivid memory will be of your visit to Beth El and Eim Habanim synagogues which are not the only Synagogues in Casablanca, then you move to the only Jewish museum in Islamic world, the Moroccan Judaism Museum where you’ll discover the Jewish-Berber costumes and jewelry, and you’ll find among its walls 2000-year history reflected on art, ornate clothing, religious relics and artifacts, besides a photo and video library, and rooms with partial reproductions of synagogues. This place was once, before renewing, serving as a Jewish orphanage. Carrying on our legacy discovery to the last Moroccan Jewish day school, Neve Shalom and Casablanca’s Jewish Mellah and Jewish Cemetery.
can have lunch in one of many kosher restaurant and later on at the afternoon
you might like to have a drink in Tahiti Beach club that once was a local
You’ll have much time to explore Jimi Hendrix’s town, Afternoon, when you’re in Essaouira you’re free to roam in the city that was once and still a haven for hippie backpackers and Gnawa musicians. You can start your visit by the ramparts a series of forts that were built in the 15th century around the Medina of Mogador. Inside the Medina you’ll have the chance visit the Mellah where two-thirds of the population settled in the 19 century. Each year in Sept more than 2000 Jews from all over the world meet at the grave of Rabbi Chaim Pinto who was, in the 16th century Jewish cemetery, well-known by his ability to perform miracles.
Essaouira’s port is Morocco’s 3rd fishing port where you can have a delicious fish meal. For the sports-oriented travelers, Essaouira is a place to some fine wind and kitesurfing schools
If you did not get to explore the sights of Essaouira the day before, you’ll be able to do it this morning before you leave east to Marrakech. it’s highly recommended to walk through the narrow alleyways of Essaouira where you will noticed the painted houses that still have the Star of David above the doorways of Jewish houses, besides, even in its boat-lined port, look up at the symbols carved out on the harbor’s gate. A Jewish star rests inside a scallop shell often associated with Christian pilgrims, next to Islam’s symbolic crescent moon. Although the number of permanent Jewish residents has dwindled, their marks don’t fade.Leave Essaouira after lunch and overnight stay in Marrakech
We say goodbye to city of Sophism, and drive south of Fes towards Sefrou « the little Jerusalem » as it known due to its high percentage of Jews. It was once a meeting point of traders from around the world. The town hosted among it walls the Jewish settlers present since the 13th century. Upon Morocco’s independence « Little Jerusalem’s » Mellah makes up half of the old city. If you want to discover more of the Mellah you might like to cross the Aggai’s river and walk through alleyways to get to large school, the synagogue, and a cemetery holding the tombs of important saints, merchants, and flood victims. When you finish your visit of the medina we will drive out of Fes to have a delicious local food in Lalla Fatiha’s houseIn the afternoon your driver/guide will drive you towards the blue city where you’re goint to spend your night and visit it tomorrow morning
From coastal towns to the south and getting to the north, you will spend this morning in Chefchaouen before leaving to Rabat. Chefchaouen or Chaouen or the blue city as it known internationally. It was a refuge for Muslim and Jews escaping from the Spanish Reconquista. The presence of Jews remains evident in vivid blue washed-walls of each house and corner of the city. The blue color that cover the walls is a Jewish tradition of weaving prayer shawls with tekhelel (an ancient natural blue dye) representing the sky, the sea and God’s inescapable presence. In addition to this a lot of people enjoy roam arbitrary in the city.
Our trip comes to an end and we have to say “see you again” instead of “goodbye” and we hope that you spend one of your best and unforgettable tour with us.
Morocco Social Impact Travel exists to authentically connect you, not only to Morocco’s incredible destinations. We want you to touch and feel the good quality of our local families home-cooked meals and to taste the ras el hanout and the saffron and more other commonly used spices in our Delicious local & seasonal cuisine, such as seven vegetable Couscous, flavorful Tagines & creative soups & vegetables, plus Tanjia and Rfisa, mint tea and pistachios. Plus, enjoy a hands-on cooking class so you can impress friends & family back home.
Note: Kosher food option on request in some places. Simply let our Customer Support Team know.
We, in Morocco Social Impact Travel « MSITravels », care about our customers and their comfort. Thus, we offer different kind of transportation depending on the number of travelers and the chosen tour. e.g. if the tour is off-road we will offer a 4 wheels drive car for each 4 customers maximum. Otherwise we have 7 seats Minivan, Minibus for 17 travelers and Coach for more than 17 travelers.
⋎ Accommodation: 13 nights
⋎ Guide: all over the tour
⋎ Meals: 13 Breakfast, 0 Lunch, 2 Dinner
⋎ Transport: Minivan or Minibus
⋎ Transport Insurance
⋎ Air-conditioned vehicle
⋎ Visit to women's cooperatives
⋎ Shuttle from and to the Airport
⋎ Toll road fees, fuel charges and all taxes
⋎ Camel ride at the desert
⋎ WiFi on board
× Travel Insurance
× Entrance fees to museums
× Additional services
× Entrance fees to historical monuments
× Anything not mentioned in included
Price varies by group size
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