JERUSALEM (Sep. 30)
A delegation of almost 500 Israeli youths will embark on a tour of Spain and Morocco for the culmination of events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews from Spain.
It will be the first organized visit of Israeli youths to an Arab country except for Egypt, and is intended to explore the roots of North African Jewry.
Some 50,000 Jews found shelter in Morocco after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. The Israelis will follow their steps from Toledo and Cordoba in Spain down to Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech and Rabat in Morocco.
During the visit, the students will spend some hours helping to rebuild the Jewish cemetery of Marrakech. A mass rally at the cemetery will mark the end of the anniversary events.