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  • A Jewish wedding in Morocco

    By Batyah Bender

    September 6, 2016 | 9:13 am

    A Jewish Wedding in the Ochre City

    Destination weddings are a great way to ensure you have a wedding that is completely you. At a typical wedding, you are often on the run meeting guests and welcoming out of towners but destination weddings are pure vacation time. You arrive a...

  • Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

    April 29, 2016 | 9:37 am

    Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta.

    The three-day event, which ended Wednesday at the offices of Casablanca’s SOC club, featured three films about the...

  • How the world’s longest-running Chabad house survives in Morocco

    November 10, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Raizel Raskin’s office feels like a cluttered museum of Moroccan Jewish heritage. A photo from an old Jewish summer camp lays on the table. Another, of a rabbi meeting Moroccan dignitaries, hangs on the wall. Outside the door is a bookshelf filled with Hasidic tracts translated...

  • Worth a trek: Searching Moroccan mountains for etrogs

    September 18, 2015 | 9:44 am

    We had to cross the gorge, and the only way was to walk single file on a narrow concrete gutter, maybe a foot wide, that bridged the two cliffs. Below us was a long, perilous drop onto the rocky depths.

    I was traveling deep into the rural communities of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains,...

  • Muslims and Jews gather to combat anti-Semitism

    May 13, 2015 | 9:06 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    When Abderrahim Chaibi was seven years old, his teacher in a Muslim school in Morocco told him that Jews were bad people who murdered the Prophet Mohammed. Now decades later, Chaibi is in Jerusalem for the fifth Global Forum for...

  • A taste of Morocco without leaving town

    By Tess Cutler

    April 15, 2015 | 11:32 am

    I remember six years ago being in Tarifa — on the southernmost coast of Spain, a 30-minute ferry ride to Tangier, Morocco — and being tempted to cross continents. The port was so close to Africa, I could nearly taste it. The cloth was brighter, the spices more aromatic, the sea...

  • Recipe: How to make harira

    By Rob Eshman

    March 12, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    When you learn to make traditional Moroccan harira from Meme Suissa, you're not learning to make harira from Meme Suissa. You're learning to make harira from her mother, from her grandmother, and so on. You're learning a recipe that goes back centuries.

    But of course Meme uses no...

  • Morocco lifts ban on ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ after edits

    January 7, 2015 | 10:05 am

    Morocco lifted its ban on the movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” after Fox Studios and director Ridley Scott deleted what was considered offensive dialogue.

    “They went ahead and made the desired change, removing two audio passages that alluded to the personification of the Divine,” a...

  • Arab countries ban release of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

    December 29, 2014 | 8:32 am

    Several Arab countries banned the release of the film “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

    Egypt on Friday barred what its culture minister called a “Zionist film.”

    “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies, and that’s why we have decided to ban it,” Gaber...

  • Sfenj: Tough to pronounce, easy to eat

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    This recipe is my little Chanukah gift to all my Ashkenazi friends, who never got to wake up on Sunday mornings in Casablanca to the smell of the world’s greatest doughnuts — my mother’s sfenj. You won’t find these hot, doughy marvels at Krispy Kreme or any of those trendy new...

  • 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...

  • 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


    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.


  • 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 Ellen Niver

    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

    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.

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