The Jewish community of Morocco recently ended its yearly tradition of a traveling exhibit celebrating its history.
The Caravan of Judeo-Moroccan Heritage traveled through Fez and Ifrane, before ending in Casablanca last week, for the fourth year in a row.
The exhibit combined Jewish film, artifacts and books, in an aim to expose the area’s non-Jews to the customs of their Jewish neighbors.
Casablanca’s Jewish museum was of particular focus this year. The museum is thought to be the only such institution in the Arab world, and is funded by the Moroccan government.
The caravan was operated by the Mimouna Jewish cultural association with cooperation from the Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane, near Fez. The 300-mile trip concluded at the museum, which reopened just last year after a lengthy restoration process.
Serge Bardougo, secretary general of the Moroccan Jewish community, said during the event that “the Jewish-Moroccan Diaspora maintains its unshakable ties to its country of origin.”
An estimated 250,000 Moroccan Jews immigrated to Israel after its establishment in 1948. Some 3,000 Jews still reside in Morocco.