NEW YORK (Oct. 4)
More than 10,000 Hebrew books, including 8,000 prayer texts for Sephardi rites and 2,000 school texts, were shipped to the Jewish community of Morocco from New York by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and were used for the High Holidays, it was reported today by Ralph Goldman, JDC executive vice president.
According to Goldman, the books are intended for use in Jewish schools and synagogues in 16 communities across Morocco such as Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, Meknes, Marrakech, Tangier and Tetuan.
Goldman noted that this is the largest shipment of religious texts in the history of the JDC relationship with Morocco which dates from 1946. “The shipment” he said, “is expected to meet the needs of the community for many years to come.” Goldman observed that “there are now 14,000 Jews in Morocco, while at the close of World War II the community numbered 350,000 and at that time published its own religious texts.”