On this Casablanca Jewish Heritage Tour you will start your morning off visiting Casablanca’s Jewish Sacred sites and then continue seeing the highlights of old Casablanca. The synagogues, cemeteries, monuments and
communal institutions of Casablanca show how important the city has been to the Jewish community during the twentieth century.
Visit Temple Beth-El, the Jewish Synagogue in Casablanca. Beth-El, is considered the center piece of a once vibrant Jewish community. Its stained glass windows and other artistic elements, is what attracts tourists to this synagogue.
The mellah of Casablanca is young by Moroccan standards, not much more than a century old. It assaults the senses in the evening, with a sea of women in brightly coloured djellabas carrying and selling fruit and vegetables throughout the cramped, narrow streets. While Jews no longer live in the mellah, kosher butchers are found in the old market, next to other butchers selling horse meat. The Jewish cemetery in the mellah is open and quiet, with well-kept white stone markers in French, Hebrew and Spanish. Once a year, Casablanca celebrate a hiloula, or prayer festival, at the tomb of the Jewish saint, Eliahou.
Visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca.
The Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca is a museum of history and ethnography, created by the Jewish Community of Casablanca in 1997 with the support of the Foundation of Jewish-Moroccan Cultural Heritage. The Jewish Museum in Casablanca is tucked into a residential neighbourhood and holds a treasure trove with it being the Arab region’s only Jewish Museum. It uses world-class standards of conservation for its national and international collections. The Museum of Moroccan Judaism presents religious, ethnographic and artistic objects that demonstrate the history, religion, traditions and daily life of Jews in the context of Moroccan civilisation. The Jewish Museum in Casablanca covers an area of 700 square meters, is the first of its kind in the Arab world. It consists of a large multipurpose room, used for exhibitions of painting, photography and sculpture, three other rooms, with windows containing exhibits on religious and family life (oil lamps, Torahs, Chanukah lamps, clothing, marriage contracts (ketubot) Torah covers… and exhibits on work life, two rooms displaying complete Moroccan synagogues, a document library, a video library and a photo library. The Museum offers guided visits, sponsors seminars and conferences on Jewish-Moroccan history and culture, and organises video and slide presentations. On special request, it organises group visits in Arabic, French, English or Spanish.
Visit Casablanca’s Jewish Cemetery:
The Jewish cemetery in the mellah is open and quiet, with well-kept white stone markers in French, Hebrew and Spanish. Once a year, Casablancans celebrate a hiloula, or prayer festival, at the tomb of the Jewish saint, Eliahou.
Kosher Jewish Lunch:
Cercle de L’Alliance is one of the centers/buildings where Jews from Casablanca hang around. The bottom floor/lobby is where people sit around, smoke cigars or cigarettes and socialize. You will also find a small bar and a mid size restaurant on the same floor with great appetisers and outstanding food
A famous Piano Bar run by an American and named after the Movie “Casablanca.”.
Hassan II Mosque Visit :
After lunch visit the Mosque of Hassan II, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. Next visit the Hassan II Mosque. Continue a leisurely drive through Casablanca. Make sure you have a camera in hand to take pictures of the famous clock tower. Visit the Boulevard which links Place des Nations with the railway station, the gateway to the central market. Continue a short way to the Avenue des Forces Royal, a commercial area that leads into the old Medina. See the squala, a fortified 18th century bastion.
Casablanca Habbous Market:
End the day with a visit to Casablanca’s Habous Market. Shop and Explore local crafts and wood work traditions, leather and carpets.