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  • Jewish burial site restored off African coast

    May 3, 2013 | 10:35 am

    A Jewish burial plot in the island state of Cape Verde was rededicated with help from the king of Morocco.

    About 100 people attended the rededication ceremony Thursday.

    “The support of King Mohammed VI to this project is representative of Morocco’s attachment to the...

  • February 25, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 25, 2013 | 3:44 am

    The US

    Headline: McCain renews threat to hold up Brennan confirmation to CIA post

    To Read: According to Leslei Gelb, the White House's focus in Syria should be on Al Quaeda-

    Tactically, President Obama is operating true to form in Syria; he’s wisely avoiding ever creeping...

  • Moroccan PM celebrates restoration of 17th century synagogue

    February 14, 2013 | 5:18 am

    About 200 people reportedly celebrated the completion of the restoration of a synagogue in the city of Fes in Morocco.

    The ceremony on Feb. 13 marked the conclusion of a two-year project undertaken by Mohammed VI, the king of Morocco, the website of the magazine Jeune Afrique...

  • Is there life after Bashar Assad?

    December 12, 2012 | 9:29 am

    “It might take two weeks or it might take a year, but either way President Bashar Assad is on his way out,” Moshe Maoz, Israel’s pre-eminent expert on Syria told The Media Line. “It’s certainly closer than it was a few months ago.”

    His comments came as Qatar, the small oil-rich...

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  • Rabbi Uziel’s overture to Muslim leaders

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 15, 2012 | 8:19 pm

    During our Sephardic Film Festival this past week, we screened a film telling the intriguing and inspirational life story of Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel, the first Sephardic Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel. Rabbi Uziel’s motto was “Loving Truth and Peace.” We also screened a...

  • July 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 3:26 am

    In-depth

    Ehud Olmert could be Israel’s comeback kid

    His acquittal leaves the former prime minister well-placed for a return to politics, something that could change the future of the peace process, writes Nir Eisikovits in Christian Science Monitor.

    Olmert will almost certainly...

  • Meet the filmmakers of the French megahit “The Intouchables” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    These are heady times for the French-Jewish filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Harvey Weinstein snatched up the rights to their French-language odd couple dramedy, “The Intouchables,” following The Weinstein Company’s penchant for purchasing Gallic fare such as the...

  • April 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 15, 2012 | 3:52 am

    A Tale of Two Uprisings

    Syrian refugees who found sanctuary in Libya talk to Abigail Hauslohner of Time about the ‎differences between the revolts against the rules of Muammar Gadhafi and Bashar Assad.  ‎

    ‎[T]he Syrians who have fled Homs for the relative safety of their Arab...

  • Jewish man hammered to death in Morocco

    March 27, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Police are investigating whether the murder of a Jewish man in Morocco was nationalistic or criminally motivated.

    The victim, identified as Benjamin, was struck in the head repeatedly by a hammer on Monday in the northern city of Fez, according to reports citing Moroccan media. The...

  • Morocco evacuates Israeli diplomat

    March 26, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Pro-Palestinian protests forced the evacuation of an Israeli diplomat from Morocco.

    David Saranga, Israel’s senior liaison to the European Parliament, traveled from Brussels to Rabat over the weekend for an international conference of lawmakers. But the event was overshadowed by a...

  • Arab Spring fatigue or American fatigue?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2012 | 4:10 am

    Arab Spring fatigue is spreading across the board in the United States. One year after Tunisia triggered a wave of Arab demonstrations and revolutions, Americans are discovering that Tunisia is not in great shape, Egypt hasn’t changed much, the monarch is still in power in Morocco,...

  • Belgian Jewish teen beaten by Moroccan classmates

    November 22, 2011 | 11:33 am

    The beating of a 13-year-old Jewish girl in Brussels has Belgium’s Jewish umbrella group contemplating civil action.

    Oceane Sluijzer, 13, was beaten by five Moroccan female classmates after a confrontation at a sports center last week, the European Jewish Press reported.

    The...

  • Holocaust truth is told on Muslim soil

    By Michael Berenbaum

    September 27, 2011 | 11:15 am

    While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was spewing hatred and denying the Holocaust from the floor of the United Nations, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were trading charges as to who is responsible for the nonexistent peace...

  • Moroccan constitutional referendum recognizes Jewish community

    July 6, 2011 | 10:34 am

    A national referendum in Morocco approved a new constitution that incorporates democratic reforms and recognizes the nationalities that make up the population, including the Jewish community.

    The constitution calls Morocco “A sovereign Moslem State, committed to the ideals of...

  • Jewish couple among the dead in Marrakesh cafe explosion

    April 30, 2011 | 8:04 pm

    A Jewish couple were among more than a dozen people killed in an explosion Thursday in Marrakesh, Morocco.

    Massoud Weizman, 32, and his wife Michal, 30, lived in Shanghai, China, but were visiting Massoud’s parents in Casablanca for Passover. They apparently dropped by the cafe...

  • Jewish couple among the dead in Marrakesh cafe explosion

    April 28, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    A Jewish couple were among more than a dozen people killed in an explosion Thursday in Marrakesh, Morocco.

    Massoud Weizman, 32, and his wife Michal, 30, lived in Shanghai, China, but were visiting Massoud’s parents in Casablanca for Passover. They apparently dropped by the cafe...

  • Uncovering Jewish Morocco: Video Clips

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    April 7, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    I promised to share my travel talk, “Uncovering Jewish Morocco” with you! The video clips below are from my recent talk at Stephen S Wise Temple in March. More segments will be uploaded in the future. Many people have asked to travel with us and now we have a trip available. Please join us in Morocco next April 2012! We have 18 more spaces and would love you to join us! Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions or for more information.

  • Scratching Beneath the Surface: Visiting Jewish Communities around the World

    by Bracha Stettin, participant in Masa Israel’s Kivunim

    March 3, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    Thirty hours ago, I left a country whose Jewish population went from 300,000 to 3,000 in the past 60 years. I walked the narrow paths between the houses where these Jews used to live, I breathed in the air of the synagogues where they prayed every day, three times a day. Over and...

  • Anti-Semitism discounted as cause of demolition in Morocco

    April 30, 2010 | 9:48 am

    The president of Morocco’s Jewish community discounted rumors that the demolition of a Jewish-owned property in Tangier was related to anti-Semitism.

    Over Passover, authorities in Tangier began carrying out a longstanding demolition order of a building in Tangier that used to house...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Amonai Shamati—Moroccan High Holy Day Piyyut

    September 10, 2008 | 4:44 am

    Beautiful, pleading Sephardic High Holiday piyyut (hymn,chant) recited on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur before Amidah. Tradtional Moroccan melody sung by Eyal Bitton.

    Piyout sepharade chanté à Roche Hachana et Yom Kippour avant l’Amida. Air marocain. Soliste: Eyal Bitton.

  • Lebhar’s Dream

    By David Suissa

    August 6, 2008 | 12:58 am

    If you wanted to start a worldwide revival of Moroccan Jewish customs, where would you base your operations? Probably where there's already a high concentration of Moroccan Jews, like, say, Israel, Montreal or France. But right in the heart of trendy Westwood?

    Maybe there's a...

  • AUDIO: The Jews of Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, India, China and Iran

    By The Web Guy

    July 12, 2008 | 6:20 am

    Dr. Zvi Feine, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Director for Africa and Asia and Deputy Director of JDC-Israel, speaking at Shabbat eve services at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kansas. In the October 26, 2007 presentation, he...

  • Paris with a Jewish accent

    By David Suissa

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    I'm sitting in a Paris courtroom, and I might as well be in an art museum. There are huge windows, high ceilings, old chandeliers, and a very nervous group of people awaiting a decision.

    We're in the Cour d'appel, the French Appellate Court, on the day the court is to render its...

  • The transformation of Israeli food—from falafel to fennel

    By Judy Nathan

    May 21, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The 60th anniversary of the State of Israel is a good time to reflect on how this young country has progressed during its mere six decades of existence. Its economic growth, its leading role in technological advances and its presence in world affairs are all impressive, but most...
  • VIDEO: Moroccan Jewish sacred singing

    May 11, 2008 | 6:36 pm

    Leon Azancot, a wonderful 80 year old Tangerine Jew (he should live to 120), sang some piyyutim in Hebrew and explained them in Spanish at his insurance office over the Socco Grande (entrance to the souk) in Tangier, Morocco.

    Video by Vanessa Paloma.

    Vanessa wrote about her visit for The Journal.

     

  • The other refugees

    By David Suissa

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm



    Is there a more loaded word in the Arab-Israeli conflict than "refugee"? Is there anything more visceral or emotional than the sight of millions of Palestinians living in miserable refugee camps for three generations?

    If any one thing has symbolized the Palestinian cause and put...

  • Henna party adds colorful touch to the happy couple

    By Ayala Or-el

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Sareet Rimon grew up knowing she wanted to have a henna party when she got married. For the local singer it meant carrying on a Moroccan tradition that had been honored by her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

    "This is such a beautiful and spiritual ceremony and has such a...

  • The possible Jew

    By David Suissa

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    You might call it the slap that launched a very interesting life.

    Meir Abehsera was a shy, introspective 12-year-old boy living in Rabat, Morocco, when one day, in a spontaneous show of enthusiasm, he started waving forms in the face of the school headmaster, a Frenchman named...

  • Letter from Tangier: Preserving the music of the Jews of Morocco

    By Vanessa Paloma

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    At 6:30 a.m., I was walking toward Sha'ar Rafael, the synagogue on Boulevard Pasteur, the central drag in downtown Tangier. It is the last synagogue in this community of fewer than 100 Jews, the last one left in this Northern Moroccan port city that at its zenith housed 22...
  • Briefs: Separation fence must be moved, court says; Olmert expands Fatah amnesty; Jewish woman eyes

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Bil'in Fence to be Rerouted

    Israel's High Court of Justice ordered a controversial section of the West Bank security fence rerouted. A three-justice panel under High Court President Dorit Beinisch on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to come up with a new plan for Bil'in, a...

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