THE FOUNDATION FOR MOROCCAN JEWISH HERITAGE

DISAPPEARING MOROCCAN JEWISH CULTURE
Moroccan Jewish culture, rich and creative in so many ways (Rabbinic literature, Talmudic literature, philosophy, poetry and sciences) is unique due to its expression in many languages: Arabic, Berber, Spanish, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Spanish, French, and English. In addition, it includes the refined arts of clothing, music and handicrafts.

Beautiful monuments and synagogues are also at risk of disappearing. Who could accept that the vestiges of 2,000 years of history, an integral part of Moroccan national heritage, are blotted out from our memories as well as those of our children?

 
THE CHALLENGE OF RESTORING SYNAGOGUES AND CEMETERIES
Some communities have committed themselves, within their means, to restore several synagogues, such as in Tangier and Arazan. But there is much more to do, and the Foundation will restore and maintain neglected synagogues and preserve cemeteries, all of which bear witness to the presence of ancient Jewish communities. It will also collect religious items, books and manuscripts, as well as music, photography, and films.

 

  

Restored Danan Synagogue of Tangiers

 

                                                              

                              Restored Synagogue of Arazan, near Taroudant

THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE FOUNDATION TO THE JEWISH WORLD AND THE MOROCCAN NATION
In carrying out these activities, which will require long and patient years of work, the Foundation is fulfilling its obligation to not only our history, but also that of future generations. It also contributes to the Jewish world and the Moroccan nation in promoting our culture and preserving our identity and values.

 

THE FOUNDATION FOR MOROCCAN JEWISH HERITAGE
51 Rue Abou Dhabi, Casablanca

Tel: 212.22.99.49.40

Fax: 212.22.99.49.41

e-mail: fondationjudeomarocaine@wanadoo.net.ma

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