September 24, 2020

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Moroccan king hosts dinner to mark dedication of Essaouira heritage centre

A synagogue has been dedicated as a Jewish Heritage Centre in Essaouira in Morocco (formerly Mogador) . 

Here is a video clip from Morocco TV News

The President of the state of Israel, Rubi Rivlin, tweeted that he was very moved by the occasion.

The dedication ceremony of the Beit Dakira (House of Remembrance), a former synagogue,   took place in the presence of the King of Morocco, Mohamed VI. The King threw a banquet in honour of the representatives of the Jewish community attended by his royal advisers, Fouad Ali El Himma, Andre Azoulay and Yassir Zenaqui.

Prominent guests included Audrey Azoulay, director of UNESCO, Goz Schmidt Bermme, the German ambassador, Serge Berdugo, secretary general of the Moroccan Jewish community, Rabbis David Pinto and Joseph Israel, the chief rabbis of Morocco and Casablanca; Yitzhak Dayan, the chief Rabbi of Geneva, Jason Guberman, executive director of the American Sephardi Federation and actor and comedian Gad Elmaleh.

The city, once 40 percent Jewish, today has a handful of Jews.

Read article in full (French)

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