Led by Dr. Eliezer Papo

January 20-30, 2020

Jewish life in Morocco began in antiquity and legends relate about the settlement of Jews in Biblical times. Epigraphic evidence shows the existence of Jews in Morocco in the early centuries of the Common Era. Jews lived there with the Berbers long before the Muslim Arabs conquered North Africa. They succeeded in converting several Berber tribes and in establishing a powerful community. Under Arab rule Jewish life underwent ups and downs. A period of decline starting in the 14th century was followed by a flourishing era with the arrival of the Jews expelled from Spain. An exciting and interesting meeting of the local and the Sephardi Jews led to religious and cultural clashes and symbiosis. Morocco became a center of mysticism and a haven for the conversos. While Jews lived in their special quarters, the mellahs, they developed a rich and fascinating way of life. From the 18th century European influence affected deeply Jewish life and with the establishment of the French protectorate the Jews of Morocco underwent a serious transformation. Our visit will concentrate on the remains of a fascinating Jewish past besides sites of general historical interest. The seminar will examine the history, religion, culture, folklore and customs of Moroccan Jewry.       


Mon                Arrival in Casablanca.  Drive to Rabat, capital of the nation since independence.

Jan 20            Orientation and kosher dinner.                                                                                                        RABAT                                                  

Tue                  Lecture: Introduction to Moroccan Jews: Where They Came From and When,  E. Papo

Jan 21             Visit 12th century Tour Hassan, the minaret built in Almohadic times, and Mohammed V Mausoleum.                  

                        Visit R. Shalom Zawi Synagogue in the Mellah (the Jewish Quarter). 

                        Proceed to Udaya Gardens and the Kasbah (the Fortress).  Kosher lunch boxes.

                        Drive to Fez, the spiritual, intellectual and cultural capital of Morocco.

                        Kosher dinner.                                                                                                                                    FEZ 


Wed                Lecture: Sol ha-Tzadika, a Moroccan Jewish Female Martyr Buried in Fez, E. Papo

Jan 22            Visit the Mellah and the synagogues Ibn Danan from 17th century and Sadun from 1926 and others.

                        Observe further Jewish remains in the Mellah.  Visit the Jewish cemetery.

                        Proceed to King's Palace, one of the most sumptuous complexes in Morocco.

                        Visit the Medina (the original Arab part of a Moroccan town). 

                        Vegetarian lunch in the medina.

                        Visit the so-called Maimonides House. View the tannery.

                        Kosher dinner.                                                                                                                                    FEZ


Thu                 Depart for Meknes where we visit the Mellah, the synagogue and the 600 years old cemetery.

Jan 23            Visit Bab al Mansour, a famous gateway in Meknes, the Olive Market and view the Stables of Mullah Ismail.

                        Kosher lunch boxes. 

                        Continue to Marrakesh, an imperial city with a strong Berber character.                                     MARRAKESH



Fri                    Lecture: When North Africa Was the Epicenter of World Torah-Learning (Intellectual History of North African

Jan 24            Jewry),E. Papo                

                        Tour the Mellah and 500 year old Aljama Synagogue. Proceed to Bahia Palace.

                        Visit the Majorelle Gardens and the Berber Museum.

                        Tour the medina.

                        Shabbat services in the synagogue followed by a kosher dinner.                                                  MARRAKESH


Sat                   Services in the synagogue.

Jan 25             Kosher Shabbat lunch.                                                                                                                      MARRAKESH


Sun                  Lecture: The Megorashim (Iberian Jewish Expulsies), their Arrival to Maghreb and their Relations with the

Jan 26             Toshavim (Local Jews), Case Study: Marrakech, E. Papo

                         Visit the Beit El Synagogue in Marrakech.

                         Travel to Essaouria (Mogador), originally a Portuguese port. 

                         Kosher packed lunches.  

                         On the way, stop at a women’s cooperative of making Argan oil products.   

                         Visit the Jewish cemetery and Rabbi Haim Pinto’s grave.                                                             ESSAOURIA                                                                                                                                                                              


Mon                 Lecture: Jewish Life Cycle: The Moroccan Variant, E. Papo

Jan 27             Tour the Mellah and the synagogue. 

                         Visit the Synagogue Attias Museum, recently opened by Andre Azoulay, the Jewish advisor to

                         King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

                         Continue to Agadir.                                                                                                                           AGADIR                                                                                                                                           

Tue                   Lecture: Moroccan Jews Today in Israel, Morocco and the West, E. Papo

Jan 28              Drive through the Atlas Mountains via Taroudant, with its tawny brown circuit of walls.

                          Here we will see the Mellah.  Vegetarian lunch boxes.   

                          Drive to the 800 year old adobe synagogue in the Berber village, Khemis Arazane.                 AGADIR  


Wed                  Morning flight from Agadir to Casablanca.

Jan 29              Visit the Main Synagogue.

                          Kosher lunch.

                          Tour the Hassan II Mosque, the world's fifth largest mosque and La Corniche.

                          Visit the Jewish Museum.  

                          Farewell kosher dinner.                                                                                                                    CASABLANCA   


Thu                   Transfer to airport for departure flight.

Jan 30


                                     PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Lecturer:           Dr. Eliezer Papo, Head of the Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture,

                                                       Hebrew Literature Dept, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Price for land arrangements only:     USD 3445 per person in a double room

                                                              ***EARLY REGISTRATION BY APRIL 15, 2019: USD 3395 per person in a double room***

Single supplement: USD 1045     

                                        Price is based on minimum participants          Please register promptly as our trips fill quickly.                                                         

Price for airfare from Israel (Tel Aviv-Casablanca-Tel Aviv)  USD 720

                                                (Based on airfares in effect at time of publication and subject to change)

                                                People joining us from abroad should meet us at the Casablanca airport

Deposit: USD 650 with registration, of which USD 300 is non-refundable.


Remainder of payment is to be paid by Sep. 15, 2019

Cancellation fees:                                                  

                        July 1-Sep 30, 2019...…….……….............25%

                        Oct 1-Dec 15, 2019 ………..……….............50%

                        Dec 16, 2019-Departure.…………………100%                




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  •   Lectures by Dr. Eliezer Papo

  •   JHS tour escort                      

  •   Local English speaking tour guide                          

  •   10 nights accommodation in 5 star hotels with daily buffet breakfasts.

  •   Meals according to the itinerary

  •   Local transport by bus plus 1 domestic flight

  • Entrance fees according to the itinerary


Not included in the price:                                     

  • Obligatory health and cancellation                       

   travel insurance                                                   

  • Tips USD 90

  • Visa fees (if needed)                                           








Program subject to change:  All rights are reserved by Jewish Historical Seminars to make staff substitutions

if necessary and/or make changes to the program and conditions asrequired by force majeure, including cancellation of the trip at any time due to drastic changes in the situation. Participants are reminded that weather conditions cannot be predicted and cancellations or changes to visits may be unavoidable.


Further information:       Contact Debbie Zuberi:  Tel: 972.2.534.5191,  Fax: 972.2.5700005


The trip is run in conjunction with Diesenhaus   P.O.Box 2726, Jerusalem, 9102602, Israel.