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  • Celebrating hiloula

    JTA’s Alison Klayman visits Morocco’s Atlas Mountains to explore the Jewish ritual of hiloula — the remembrance of great rabbis and Jewish sages. More ▸

  • King Reassures Moroccan Jews After Two Jews Are Killed in Kingdom

    Security is being beefed up at Jewish institutions in Morocco after two Jews were murdered in the kingdom in separate incidents. Eli Affriat, 75, was stabbed to death in Meknes on Saturday. Two days earlier, Albert Rebibo, 55, was shot in Casablanca. While police have not ruled out criminal motives in the killings, terrorism is… More ▸

  • Moroccan Jews Rocked by Attacks, but King Promises Them Protection

    When the Moroccan Jewish community was contacted after the weekend’s deadly terror attacks in Casablanca that targeted Jewish institutions, they were asked if they wanted to leave for Israel. “Is Tel Aviv safer?” they reportedly responded. On Sunday, King Mohammed VI reassured Moroccan Jews that he would protect them. Joined by Jewish and Muslim leaders,… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World After 500 Years, Jews Leaving Spanish Enclaves Near Morocco

    Growing anti-Semitism and poor economic prospects are threatening to extinguish two Jewish communities on the North African coast. After the expulsion from Spain in 1492, a small number of Jews escaped across the Strait of Gibraltar to two fortress cities that Spanish kings were establishing as beachheads in North Africa. Despite the Inquisition on the… More ▸

  • In Medieval Moroccan City, a Synagogue is Rededicated

    Tens of thousands of Jews once lived in the Old City of this former capital of Imperial Morocco. Now only a handful remain within its walls — most have emigrated to France, Israel or Canada. But last week about 200 Jews — Moroccans and visitors — braved a driving rain to sing and dance through… More ▸

  • Morocco Cancels Conference to Avoid Israeli Participation

    The faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process has apparently led to the abrupt cancellation of an economic conference by a country that has long been regarded as a friend of the Jewish state. Moroccan officials canceled this week a meeting between ministers of the European Union and 12 Mediterranean countries. According to well-informed sources, the move came… More ▸

  • Israeli Organizer of Conference Detained in Morocco for 9 Days

    A prominent Israeli physician who was prevented from leaving Morocco for more than a week has returned home. Daniel Weinstein, the head of obstetrics at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, was a key organizer of the First World Congress on Maternal Mortality, held March 8 to 14 in Marrakech. The conference drew about 1,000 doctors, midwives,… More ▸