Researchers Discover Ruins of 16thCentury Jewish Community in Morocco-King Orders Restoration of Sites #general #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen

A view from Tamanart, Morocco.

(Marokko-erfahren/Wikimedia Commons)


King Mohammed VI of Morocco ordered the restoration of hundreds of Jewish sites across the kingdom, and a year after Israel and Morocco agreed to formal diplomatic relations. The restoration plan includes the site at Tamanart, as well as cemeteries and hundreds of synagogues.


Researchers from Israel, Morocco and France have discovered remnants of a small Jewish community in the mountains of Morocco, it was reported Janaury 3,2022.


The researchers say Jews lived here from the 16th century until the early 19th century. They recovered scriptures, documents, and Kabbalist amulets from the synagogue’s genizah, or hiding place for worn texts that are no longer usable.


Jews are believed to have first established communities in Morocco more than 2,000 years ago. In the mid-20th century, the Jewish population reached a peak of 250,000. It is estimated that only 2,000 Jews remain today.




Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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