Sites of Jewish Interest

Almost anywhere one goes in Morocco, the Jewish presence is felt, whether in Jewish cemeteries, synagogues and mellahs, or in monuments of Muslim rulers who had strong links with the Jewish community. The synagogues, cemeteries, monuments and communal institutions of Casablanca show how important the city has been to the Jewish community during the twentieth century. The imperial cities of Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes and Rabat show strong evidence of the close relations between the Sultans and the Jewish communities. The coastal cities of Sale, El Jadida, Essaouira and Agadir still have traces of the Jewish traders who made them prosperous. The northern cities of Tangier, Tetouan and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have many sites demonstrating the close links between Moroccan Jews and Spain during the last 500 years. The eastern Moroccan city of Oujda and the town of Debdou have picturesque and historical mellahs. In the deserts, mountains and oases of southern Morocco, there are many sites reminding visitors of the Amazigh Jews who once lived there