Today, most Moroccan Jews live in Casablanca. It is here that Jewish heritage has been best preserved and, more importantly, is still thriving today. Presently, there are roughly 5,000 Jews living in Casablanca and the city houses over 30 synagogues as well as relevant monuments, communal spaces, cemeteries, shrines and kosher restaurants. Casablanca’s mellah is relatively recent by Moroccan standards as it was only established less than a century ago, but it has played an important role in Jewish history in Morocco in the 20th century. A tour through this modern Jewish Quarter will allow you to discover Temple Beth-El which seats over 500 worshippers, an old food market selling kosher products, a Jewish cemetery, and a museum dedicated to Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca.
Jewish heritage is very much alive in Morocco. Whether it is in the blue-rinsed houses of Chefchaouen, the tall mudbrick buildings of Marrakech, the Habarim Synagogue in Fez, or the thriving mellah in Casablanca, the importance of the Jewish presence in Morocco’s history is grabbing and an interesting focal point for any traveller. And experiencing it first-hand is a must!