Morocco is the home of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the Diaspora.
The history of the Jewish community in Morocco dates back about 2000 years. Its unique Jewish culture is the result diverse fusion of traditions including: Berber, Hebraic, Andalusian, and Arab influences.
The city of Fez is the cultural capital of Morocco and the spiritual center of the country for Muslims and Jews. As such, a visit to Fez is a unique and rich experience.
Fez is home to the oldest university in the world, Al-Qarawiyeen University, where the famous Jewish philosopher Maimonides (RAMBAM) studied. It is also where the first Mellah, Jewish quarter in Morocco, was established in 1438. This journey to Jewish Fez takes us into a history that shaped Sephardic Judaism. Visiting its synagogues, cemetery, museum, and walking through its streets that once witnessed the presence of Jewish families and grand rabbis, leaves the visiter with a distinct sense of Moroccan Jewish life past and present. As Fez was the destination of many Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492, it also tells us much about the life of Jews in Spain in Andalousia.
Today there remains a small, but vibrant, Jewish community in Fez with a functioning synagogue, Kosher restaurant and a community center.