Jewish History in Morocco

Jewish traders and farmers have lived in Morocco’s since the time of the Roman Empire.
The largest Jewish immigration to Morocco came in 1492, when Queen Isabella I of Castille ordered them to convert to Christianity or leave Spain.

Each Moroccan city had a separate Jewish quarter called a Mellah. 

Moroccan Jews became known for their intricate craftsmanship and artisana.

After 1948, emigration to Israel, France, and Canada dramatically decreased the Jewish population of Morocco.
By the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the majority of Moroccan Jews had left. However, vestiges remain especially in Casablanca.

Significant Jewish historical sites still remain in Morocco. A visit to the newly renovated Mellah and the nearby Synagogue is a great way to spend a day in Marrakech .

To enjoy a walk to this area of the city from any of our riads we suggest using our free smartphone App for IOS Marrakech Riad Travel Guide  and Android Marrakech Riad Travel Guide Plus.

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