Morocco is the symbol of harmonious coexistence between Jews and Muslims
Morocco is the symbol of harmonious coexistence between Jewish and Muslim communities.A statement made by Mr. Jacques Toledano, CEO of the Foundation of Jewish Moroccan Cultural Heritage and the Museum of Moroccan Judaism.
A delegation of the Moroccan Jewish community in Canada, chaired by Mr Simon Keslassy, President of the Moroccan Jewish community of Toronto (CJMT), is currently visiting Morocco. During this visit, the delegation, composed of Canadians of Moroccan origin, had the opportunity to meet with several officials including the Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, and participate in Rabat at a conference jointly organized by the Legacy Shepharadic Series and the Mimouna Association, marked by the presence of MM. André Azoulay, the kings’s advisor , Rachid Belmokhtar, Minister of Education, or L Dwight Bush, US Ambassador to Rabat. Casablanca for his stop, the delegation of the Moroccan Jewish community in Toronto was received with great fanfare at the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, in the presence of Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad, of the MRE, Mr. Anis Birou, the governor of Greater Casablanca , Mrs Nezha Chekrouni, Ambassador of Morocco to Canada and Mr. Serge Berdugo, Secretary General of the Council of Jewish communities of Morocco and ambassador. On this occasion, Mr. Jacques Toledano, CEO of the Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Jewish Moroccan Museum of Moroccan Judaism, delivered a speech which we reproduce large excerpts below.
“The Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco and the Moroccan Jewish Cultural Heritage Foundation are honored to welcome you today at the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, only Jewish museum in the Arab world.
I congratulate Mr. Simon Keslassy, President of the Moroccan Jewish community of Toronto for its excellent initiative to organize, Morocco, the North American Canadian Conference under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful .
This choice is in line with the long history of Moroccan Judaism, enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution of July 2011 and set in stone as a welcome message to any visitor who crosses the threshold of the Museum Moroccan Judaism.
The Museum and the Jewish Moroccan Cultural Heritage Foundation were born from the requirement of responsibility due to the million Moroccan Jews of the Diaspora, with the mission to perpetuate the history of Moroccan Jewry and sustain the national heritage.
Founded in 1995 and recognized as a charity, the Foundation reflects the plural identity of Morocco, a country of tolerance, harmony and peaceful coexistence between the Jewish and Muslim communities of the Moroccan people.
The Foundation undertook the restoration of synagogues. The most emblematic remains that of Slat El Fassiyine (17th century synagogue historic monument by UNESCO) inaugurated February 13, 2013 under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, whose message was read by the Head of Government, Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane.
Others are restored in different cities of Morocco:
Danan Synagogue in the Mellah of Fez (17th century) monument by UNESCO
Synagogue Rabbi Baruch Toledano (Meknes)
Synagogue Rabbi Isaac Ben Walid in Tetouan (early 19th century)
Synagogue Ighil Do Ogho (Taroudant province-Ouarzazate)
Nahon synagogue in Tangier
Synagogue Khmiss Arazan (province of Taroudant)
Oufrane synagogue of the Anti Atlas (Tiznit province)
All these synagogues are no longer places of worship, but very visited memorial sites, included in tours of the tour operators.