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SAVE THE DATE – INFORMATIONAL MEETING OCTOBER 15: Exotic Morocco Jewish Heritage Adventure with Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic May 3-14, 2020 | Israel Tour
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Israel Tour / SAVE THE DATE – INFORMATIONAL MEETING OCTOBER 15: Exotic Morocco Jewish Heritage Adventure with Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic May 3-14, 2020

SAVE THE DATE – INFORMATIONAL MEETING OCTOBER 15: Exotic Morocco Jewish Heritage Adventure with Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic May 3-14, 2020

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Arrival at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport: Be met and assisted by ITC representatives. (Today’s programs depends on arrival time).Cosmopolitan Casablanca has roots dating to the Roman settlement of Anfa


Day 1: Sunday, May 3

 Departure from USA Departure from USA. From JFK Airport on Royal Air Maroc on an overnight flight to Casablanca Morocco.

Day 2: Monday, May 4

Arrival at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport: Be met and assisted by ITC representatives. (Today’s programs depends on arrival time) • Cosmopolitan Casablanca has roots dating to the Roman settlement of Anfa. The port became a key trading post for the Sultan in the 18th Century and was greatly expanded during the French protectorate. Recent years have seen efforts to restore the once crumbling medina. Nearby, you will see various art deco facades. • Lunch at the Soc Restaurant • After lunch, tour the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, or El Mellah Museum, the first Jewish museum in a Muslim country. The exhibits tell the story of a community that once numbered 250,000 strong. The museum documents over two millennia of Jewish heritage. It encompasses the Imperial Cities, as well in the lesser-known Berber Jewish communities which are spread through the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. We will be given a guided tour of the museum by the museum’s curator. • Speaker: Museum Curator Zhor Rhihil • Then, visit the French- built Quartier Habbous, constructed to relieve overcrowding in the medina. Today, the Habbous is a mix of shops and parks just outside the city center. • Check in at The Kenzi Tower Hotel • Rest and refresh at your hotel then meet in the lobby for departure to dinner • Dinner at Cercle de L’Alliance • Overnight: The Kenzi Tower Hotel

Day 3: Tuesday, May 5

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, head in land to Marrakech. (approximately a 3 hour ride) • Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the Medina. See the Bab Agnaou that functions as the main entrance to the Kasbah in Marrakech. Continue to the Bahia Palace. Bahia (palace of the beautiful, the brilliant) is a nineteenth century palace located in Marrakech. It is one of the masterpieces of Moroccan architecture, one of the major monuments of the country’s cultural heritage, and one of the most visited sites in Marrakech. Then move to the Mellah. The Mellah of Marrakech is considered one of the largest in Morocco. Its history and geography surprises and impresses. See the Synagogue with Jewish Cemetery. You will be received by Issac Ohayon, the person responsible for all upkeep and repair, who will hold an impromptu discussion. The name of cemetery is Rabbi Hanania Hacohen Cemetery, also the burial place of Rabbi Mordekhai Ben Attar and Rabbi Pinhas Hacohel. • Late Lunch
at Café Arabe • After lunch, check in at Hotel & Riad Barriére Le Naoura Marrakech. Located at the gates of the medina and few minutes from the souks, the hotel is a 15 minute walk to the Mellah. The hotel offers absolute tranquility • After time to refresh, head to the Djemaa el Fana, the main square at the heart of Marrakech’s medina. In the late afternoon, food stalls appear next to rows of escargot sellers, snake charmers, musicians and story tellers. • See the Koutoubia Minaret that dominates the skyline of Marrakech. The 12th century monument is a masterpiece in Moorish architecture. Rest and refresh at your hotel and then meet in the lobby for dinner. Dinner at Yacout Restaurant • Yacout Restaurant is a landmark of Marrakesh. It was amongst the first created around twenty years ago in the medina by Mohamed Zkhiri, who manages this sumptuous venue. The decor is enchanting. It has lovely private rooms and a breath-taking, panoramic view from the terrace overlooking the medina and the Koutoubia Mosque of Marrakesh. Traditional Moroccan cuisine is featured with a menu incorporating an amazing succession of flavors. With world class service, it is an evening to remember. • Overnight at Hotel & Riad Barriére Le Naoura Marrakech

Day 4: Wednesday, May 6

After breakfast, head to Dchiera Aghouatim (“Big Family”), a small Berber village. (about 40 minutes) Here we will have a private kosher, outdoor cooking class hosted by a famous local chef. Prepare your own traditional Moroccan kosher dishes and enjoy them for lunch! Learn about Moroccan spices, including Ras al Hanout, the definitive spice of Moroccan cuisine. Bake bread the traditional Moroccan way using an earthen, wood-fueled stove. The organic vegetables used in your dish are grown in the garden on site! While your kosher tagine is cooking over the fire, take a walk (about 20 minutes) across a wide valley, where sheep graze, wild cactus fruit grows, and the days go on seemingly untouched by modern life. We will wander through the village and visit with the local villagers who are happy to talk about the history of the village and their daily life. • After lunch, say your farewells to the cooking class staff and villagers and get back to Marrakech. • Rest & Refresh at your Hotel • When you are ready, head to the Desert of Agafay for the evening. • The Desert of Agafay is an arid, rocky area that is ideal for a taste of Moroccan desert culture. You will be welcomed with Moroccan wine and a scarf like those worn by Saharan nomads. Enjoy a Sunset Camel Trek • Rest & refresh before dinner • Enjoy a festive dinner under the tents. • After dinner, head back to the hotel. • Overnight: Hotel & Riad Barriére Le Naoura Marrakech

Day 5: Thursday, May 7

Breakfast at your hotel and then a reception with a Jewish community. Meet with Jacky Kadoch the head of the Jewish community of Marrakesh at the Bet El Synagogue. He will discuss the history of the Jewish community and culture and heritage in Marrakesh and Morocco. • Visit Jardin Majorelle. The garden was a gift to Marrakech from Yves- Saint Laurent. Purchased from the painter Jacque Majorelle, the garden is adorned with Majorelle blue, the color named for him. Move next door to the newly opened Yves-Saint Laurent Museum. The museum highlights the life’s work of the designer and his connection to Marrakech. • Lunch on your own (Mama Mia Restaurant) • After lunch, break up to a smaller group to explore the endless souks of Marrakech. Each trade and specialty clusters together over the many alleyways and squares. You will be hosted by Richard DeMayo, an American designer who has called Marrakech home for almost 20 years. You will have access to local workshops and wholesalers which are closed to the public, but are special contacts of your host. The day will be planned around what is most interesting to the group! On your path, you may want to stop in one of the Argan cooperative shops. Argan oil is gaining notoriety for its cholesterol reducing qualities and use in beauty products. A great opportunity for shopping! • Then, visit Dar el Bacha Confluences Museum in Marrakech. Palace Pacha Glaoui, located in the medina of Marrakech, is one of the most beautiful palaces of the red city. Also called “the governor’s palace”, or Dar el Glaoui, it was built at the beginning of the 20th century. • Next we visit the beautiful architectural Secret Garden, a recently restored complex showcasing Islamic art and architecture. The garden and adjacent buildings date back 400 years. The small café is a nice place to grab refreshments. Visit the opulent Saadien Tombs, the mausoleum of a great dynasty which once ruled North Africa. The site has some of the most eye-popping mosaic work in Morocco. • Dinner: Home hospitality at Chazzan and Mrs. Ohayon's home with members of local Jewish Community who will join the group to discuss their life in Marrakech. • Overnight: Hotel & Riad Barriére Le Naoura Marrakech

Day 6: Friday, May 8

Breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, head in land to Fes (estimated time of departure 8:00am, approx. 7 hour drive from Marrakech to Fes) • Lunch on route, on your own • Upon your arrival in Fes, take a panoramic view of the Medina from Borj Sud Fortress. • If time permits, visit the Jewish Cemetery and the walk in the Mellah. • Check in at Barcelo Hotel • Rest and refresh and get
ready for Shabbat. • Reception with a Jewish Community. • Kabalat Shabbat Services and dinner with members of local Jewish Community who will join the group to discuss their life in Fes. • Overnight: Barcelo Hotel

Day 7: Saturday, May 9

Breakfast at your hotel • Shabbat Morning Services at Ben Saadoun Synagogue • Shabbat Lunch with community • Optional afternoon walking tour through the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) of Fes and visit the 17th century Ibn Danan Synagogue, the oldest existing synagogue in the city. The synagogue underwent a restoration as part of a UNESCO project in 1999. You will cross through an area known for its goldsmithing, and continue across the street to Fes Jadid passing ancient homes to the entry called Bab Semmarine. The entryway was built by the Marinid Dynasty in the late 13th century. Continue through the famous public Jnane Sbil Gardens to the Blue Gates of the old city, known as Bab Bou Jeloud. • Follow a different route back to enjoy the scenery. Return to your hotel, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. • Havdalah with Rabbi Scolnic • Dinner at leisure, on your own • Overnight: Barcelo Hotel

Day 8: Sunday, May 10

Breakfast at your hotel, then visit the Medersa Bou Inania – The name Bou Inania (Bu'Inaniya) comes from the first part of the sultan's name Abou Inan. The medersa (school) functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque, much like a private boarding school of today. This is the only medersa in Fes with a minaret. Opposite the main doorway, is the entrance to the dar al-wudu (ablutions house) for washing limbs and face before prayers. Left and right of the central court there are classrooms. • Lunch on your own • After lunch, visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts in a wonderfully restored fondouq (rooming house) – a caravanserai for travelling merchants who stored and sold their goods below and took lodgings on the floors above. Centered on a courtyard, the rooms are given over to displays of traditional artifacts, craftsmen’s tools, chunky prayer beads, Berber locks, chests, and musical instruments. Everything is beautifully presented, and the stunning building gives the exhibits a run for their money. The rooftop cafe has great views over the medina. • Continue to the iconic Chouara Tannery, one of the three tanneries in the city of Fez, Morocco. Built in the 11th century, it is the largest tannery in the city. It is located in the Fes el Bali, the oldest medina quarter of the city, near the Saffarin Madrasa, along the river. Since the inception of the city, the tanning industry has been continually operating in the
same fashion as it did in the early centuries. It’s best to head up to the balcony of the shop that will welcome you with a sprig of mint and a memorable view. • Return to the hotel to rest and refresh, then meet in the lobby for departure to Sahrai Hotel • Dinner at the Sahrai Hotel • Overnight: Barcelo Hotel

Day 9: Monday, May 11

After breakfast at the hotel, head to Rabat. We will make a stop before leaving Fes at one of the famous tile and ceramic factories. Ceramics and tile production here have been world famous for centuries due to unique soil composition of Fes, which is perfect for the production of these indigenous art creations. See from start to finish how these wonderful mosaic tile creations are made, and have an opportunity to bring home a souvenir before continuing on from Fes. • You will make the following stops along the way to Rabat: Meknes – the imperial capital of Sultan Moulay Ismail, founder of the ruling Alaouite Dynasty. Explore Meknes’ massive granaries and stables, ornate city gates and the grand Place El Hedim. The Bab Mansour is often mentioned as Morocco’s most beautiful city gates. Visit the Dar Jamaï Museum, a palace of powerful Viziers that now houses a collection of antique ceramics and crafts. • Lunch on route on your own • Volubilis – Visit the ruins of the late Roman era capital of the province of Mauritania. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Volubilis overlooks the fertile plains of the Meknes region near the foot of Mt. Zerhoun. Intact mosaics, restored arches and olive oil presses give one a sense of the importance of this outpost on the fringes of the empire. Visit the Triumphal Arch, Basilica, Diana and the Bathing Nymphs. Optional as time permits: Moulay Idriss – a scenic hill town just a few minutes from Volubulis. In the center of town is the Shrine of Moulay Idriss I, the man who brought Islam to Morocco. Though the shrine is not open to non-Muslims, one gets fantastic views from strolling the narrow streets above. Check in at The View Hotel in Rabat • Rest and refresh at your hotel • Dinner at the View Hotel. Dinner held in the Legend Club (panoramic restaurant located on the 15th floor with a magnificent view of the whole city) • Overnight: The View Hotel

Day 10: Tuesday, May 12

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit Hassan Tour (aka Hassan Tower) – Rabat’s iconic landmark is the half-finished minaret of a planned mosque whose remnants attest to its ambitions. Drive by the Royal Palace, the residence of the current reigning king Mohamed VI, and see the luxury of this sprawling palace. • Visit the Kasbah des Oudaias – built by the Almohad Dynasty in the 12th century, is worth serious exploration. Stroll
the narrow streets to the Andalusian gardens that sit on the site of the former palace and are something of a town square – especially in the summer months. • A must visit is the Mohammed VI Modern and Contemporary Art Museum. The Museum opened in 2014 and offers a look at Moroccan contemporary art as well as travelling exhibits. • Continue to Chellah, the roots of which go back to Phoenician times. The Romans and the corsairs of later eras operated from this fortress located above the banks of the Bouregreg River. Today, Chellah is a collection of ruins, a citadel and lush gardens. • Late Lunch at Sofia Restaurant • After lunch, head to Casablanca • Upon arrival, check in at The Kenzi Tower Hotel • Rest and refresh at your hotel • Dinner on your own • Overnight: The Kenzi Tower Hotel

Day 11: Wednesday, May 13

After breakfast, enjoy a day trip from the city of Casablanca to the coastal city El Jadida, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Portuguese style ramparts and buildings. In this city, you’ll discover the Jewish historical sites and take a walk in the medina. We’ll explore the mosque, the churches, and many other spots. There will be also a tour at the beach while having your lunch there. (Fresh fish, right from the port!) Enjoy your time in the city, and then head to a small city near El Jadida, Azemmour. Azemmour features a Portuguese medina, which has three parts, a Jewish mellah, a kasbah, and the old medina. • Return to Casablanca • Rest & refresh at your Hotel • Farewell dinner at Cercle de l’Alliance • Overnight : The Kenzi Tower Hotel

Day 12: Thursday, May 14

Breakfast at your hotel • After breakfast, begin your day with a visit to the massive Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, the Mosque can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers making it the second largest in Islam today. This is the only mosque in Morocco which is open to non-Muslims visitors. You will be amazed by the detailed craftsmanship and the overall grandeur of the structure. • Photo op at Rick’s Cafe • Visit Narcisse Leven Primary School, founded by the Alliance Israélite Universelle. Meet the teachers and students if available. • Visit the Temple Beth-El in Casablanca. The city boasts more than 30 synagogues and Beth-El is often considered the centerpiece of the Jewish community. Its stained-glass windows and other artistic elements attract many tourists to this synagogue. The temple was completely refurbished in 1997. • Lunch on own to be determined. After lunch you will be escorted to Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport for your departing flight.

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