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IN CELEBRATION OF RABBI ROBERT LEIB'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY I AM JOINING THE Old York Road Temple-Beth Am's Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco March 31-April 11, 2019
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IN CELEBRATION OF RABBI ROBERT LEIB’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY I AM JOINING THE Old York Road Temple-Beth Am’s Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco March 31-April 11, 2019

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IN CELEBRATION OF RABBI ROBERT LEIB’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY I AM JOINING THE Old York Road Temple-Beth Am’s Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco March 31-April 11, 2019

IN CELEBRATION OF RABBI ROBERT LEIB’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY I AM JOINING THE Old York Road Temple-Beth Am’s Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco

March 31-April 11, 2019

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Sunday, March 31

Departure from USA

Monday, April 1

We arrive at Casablanca International Airport.
Meet and greet by our guide. Begin with a tour of the Mellah of Casablanca. It is young by Moroccan standards, not much more than a century old. It assaults the senses with a sea of women in brightly colored 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 horsemeat. The Jewish cemetery in the Mellah is open and quiet, with well-kept white stone markers in French, Hebrew and Spanish. Lunch will follow. We visit the recently completed Mosque Hassan II, the largest mosque in the world outside Mecca. Hotel check in. Continue our tour via French- built Quartier Habous, Law Courts, and the Gates of the Royal Palace. View the island of Marabout Sidi Abderrahman (at low tide). Welcome dinner at the Jewish Club “Cercle De L'union” Members of the Jewish community will join us to discuss their life in Casablanca today. Overnight: Le Casablanca Hotel www.lecasablanca-hotel.com/en/index.html

Tuesday, April 2

Casablanca – Rabat
Breakfast at the hotel Visit the Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca, 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. It uses world-class standards of conservation for its national and international collections. Lunch in town. Visit the Musee Abderrahman Slaoui. It houses among the finest collections of Moroccan of paintings, posters, jewelry & other objects. Slaoui is the recipient of the 1991 Prix Di Or from His Majesty King Hassan II. Depart for Rabat, the modern capital of Morocco, also known as the white imperial city, covered with its neatly laid out gorgeous flowers. Walking tour of the city; walk around the walls of the Palace, visit the Mausoleum of Mohamad V and his brother Hassan II. The two rulers worked hand-in-hand with the Jewish community. Touring through the Old Walled City and the marvelous Oudayas Kasbah, one of the country’s most unique sites. Dinner TBA with surprise guests. Overnight: Rabat – The View Hotel Rabat https://www.theviewhotelrabat.com/

Wednesday, April 3

Rabat – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes Breakfast at the hotel. Check out hotel. Travel to the Roman ruins which are among the most extensive in the world at nearby Volubilis—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in the 3rd century B.C.E, the town became an important outpost of the Roman Empire. Continue to Meknes, located on a fertile plain north of the Middle Atlas, and the former residence of the Sultan. Arrive in Meknes to visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, who established his royal capital here during his long reign (1672-1727). Continue with a visit to the Stables. Travel East to Fez. Lunch on route: Fez is among the bes- known cities in medieval Jewish history. It was once the home of one of the most influential Talmudic scholars of all times. Fez is an architectural treasure known for the most remarkable Medina in Morocco, an intact medieval city of souks and labyrinthine alleys. ... Fez was founded by Idriss I in the eighth century. Under Idriss II, the fledgling city expanded and Idriss surrounded the left bank of the city with walls. Take in a panoramic view of the Medina of Fez from Sud fortress. Enjoy a guided visit through the (Jewish Quarter) and visit The
Ibn Danan Synagogue – one of the oldest and most intact synagogues in Morocco. This synagogue is a rare survivor of a pivotal time in Moroccan Jewish history. Synagogues of Fez – unmarked on their exteriors – dating from the 17th century, among the most unique in the world. The Mellah of Fez once had 40 synagogues. See the vast and picturesque whitewashed Jewish cemetery where some of the city's legendary rabbis are buried. It is adjacent to the gates to the Royal Palace and the Jewish Museum. Dinner at the Jewish Club. Members of the Jewish community will join us to discuss their life in Fez today. Overnight: Fez – Riad El Racount Fes . hwww.riadelyacoutfes.com/en/

Thursday, April 4

Fez – Unesco World Heritage Site Breakfast at the hotel. Guided walking through the area where the famous Jewish scholar Maimonides once lived. A glimpse of crafts men work in their shops as they weave, embroider, carve and chisel today as they have done for centuries. A tour of the Bou Inania, founded in the years 1351-56. It is one of the few religious places in Morocco accessible to non-Muslim visitors. Lunch in the Medina Museum of Wooden Arts the beautifully restored former Caravan Stop. Drive by the University of Al–Karaouine, considered by the Guinness Book of Records, UNESCO and many historians as the oldest continuously operating, academic degree-granting university in the world. Tanneries Fez, which give the Medina its unique flavor and smell. In Fez, leather-making is done in pits that date back to the 11th century. There are three tanneries in Fez. Customers are given a twig of mint to hold under their noses. Dinner TBA. Overnight: Fez – Riad El Racount Fes . hwww.riadelyacoutfes.com/en/

Friday, April 5

Fez – Marrakesh Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure to Marrakesh. Marrakech is Morocco's most memorable experience. Founded almost 1000 years ago on the edge of the Sahara, this southern market town grew to become one of the great cities of the Maghreb and a Unesco Heritage site to boot. But Marrakech isn't some petrified piece of history that tourists come to gawk at, it's bursting at the seams with an intense density of life and a modern entrepreneurialism that puts Manhattanites to shame. This isn't a place where you can gracefully glide through. Instead you'll find yourself telling jokes with snake charmers, dining outdoors in the Djemaa el-Fna, hankering after the latest henna tattoos and getting a hands-on scrub down in the local hammam. Pause for unexpected beauty and banter often with multi-lingual locals, because what are the chances you'll come this way again. Lunch on route. Begin your visit with a panoramic tour of the city. See the Bab Agnaou, one of the gates of the Medina. Saadian Tombs built in the 16th century as a mausoleum for many Sultans. The 19th-century Bahia Palace. Check into the hotel with time to freshen up and get ready for Shabbat. Shabbat services Bet-El Synagogue. Shabbat dinner hospitality at Hazzan and Mrs. Ohayon's Home. Overnight: Marrakesh – Hôtel Barrière Le Naoura Marrakech

Saturday, April 6

Shabbat in Marrakesh Breakfast at the hotel. Optional Shabbat services at Slat Laazama Synagogue in the Mellah, probably the oldest existing synagogue still in use every day in the entire Diaspora. Lunch will follow at the home of Hazzan Ohayon. Afternoon walking tour of the Majorelle Garden, created by French painter Jacques Majorelle. The garden has been open to the public since 1947. Since 1980 it has been owned by Yves Saint- Laurent and Pierre Bergé. After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden. The rest of the afternoon free until Havdalah. An exciting evening program as we stroll
through the world famous Djamaa el-Fna Square – the heart of the city – when the square comes alive with snake charmers, magicians, fire eaters and street performers. Dinner in the Square. Overnight: Marrakesh – Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi

Sunday, April 7

Marrakesh – The Ourika Valley – Fantasia Borj Bladi Breakfast at the hotel. Regretfully today is our last day of exploring Marrakesh. Visit Marrakesh's enormous market place, with free time for last-minute shopping. Lunch at the Souk. Towards the end of the day, we make our way to Ourika Valley in the high Atlas Mountains with its plush, green fields and peaceful Berber villages. We will visit a famous saint's gravesite: the well-known miracle worker, Rabbi Solomon Bal Chehnch the master of the snake. Meet locals who will display their famous hospitality and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Continue to the famous restaurant Fantasia Borj Bladi a must-see on any visit to Marrakesh for our dinner with exotic Moroccan delicacies. Overnight: Marrakesh – Hôtel Barrière Le Naoura Marrakech

Monday, April 8

Morning is leisure in Marrakech. Afternoon excursion in 4X4's to Desert Agafay. The Agafay Desert is located just an hour's drive from the lively souks and dizzying maze-like market streets of Marrakech. Literally untouched by development, the Agafay offers quite the contrast from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. 6:30 sunset in Agafay Desert. Dinner in the camp. Return to the hotel. Overnight: Marrakesh – Hôtel Barrière Le Naoura Marrakech

Tuesday, April 9

Morning at leisure and at 10.00am departure to Essaouira. Essaouira is one of the most unique cities in Morocco when it comes to Jewish history. During the 18th century it was one of only two ports in Morocco open to European trade (the other being Tangier). Sidi ben Abdallah the then sultan settled many Jewish families in the city then known as Mogador. The trade status opened the city to many merchants and the population rose in such a way that the number of Jewish and Muslim residents was nearly even. Even though there are very few Jews remaining in Essaouira there are some historical sites that can be visited. Fish lunch at a local restaurant. Every September there is a pilgrimage to the site of the grave of Rabbi Chaim Pinto whose home and synagogue remain preserved and open to visitors. The Jewish cemetery is well kept and features unique tombstones carved with human forms, which is contrary to Jewish tradition. Visit of this idyllic fishermen town known as the former Mogador and Portuguese stronghold and famous for its woodcarving handicraft. Dinner and Overnight: Le Medina Mgallery www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2967-le-medina- essaouira-hotel-thalassa-sea-spa-mgallery-by- sofitel/index.shtml

Wednesday, April 10

On our return drive to Casablanca, we head up the coast to Safi, also a former Portuguese fortress and famous for its pottery. Sightseeing of the town. Continuation to Oualidia via the picturesque coastal road, lunch at a local restaurant in Oualidia with view on its superb bay. Continuation to El Jadida, sightseeing of this town including the famous citadel, a reminder of the Portuguese occupation of the 16th century. Continuation to Casablanca. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight: Le Casablanca Hotel. www.lecasablanca-hotel.com/en/index.html

Thursday, April 11

Departure Transfer to the airport of Casablanca, assistance from our staff with check in and departure formalities.

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