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Israel Tour / We are joining Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel on Temple Etz Chaim’s Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco November 3 – 13 , 2019

We are joining Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel on Temple Etz Chaim’s Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco November 3 – 13 , 2019

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Rabbi Richard and Linda Spiegel you are invited to join Temple Etz Chaim a fascinating and exotic Jewish Heritage Tour of Morocco.


Day 1: Sunday, November 3

Departure from USA Morocco! Kasbahs, desert nights, tasty delicacies, markets and tanneries; these are the things that come to mind when you think of Morocco. But did you know King Mohammed V was a hero that few know about. When the names of the country's Jews were demanded, he (purportedly) responded, "We have no Jews, we have no Muslims, we just have Moroccan subjects." His grandson, King Mohammed VI, has allocated millions to repair and restore Jewish quarters, synagogues, and cemeteries throughout the country. Come visit this beautiful country with us on an ITC Tour.

Day 2: Monday, November 4

(L,D) Arrival in Casablanca Casablanca–Marrakech (today's program depends on arrival time) • Arrive at Casablanca International Airport • Arrival aboard Royal Air Maroc 201 atCasablanca Mohamed V Airport and be met and assisted by your ITC representative and your guide for the tour • Visit the main attractions of Casablanca City: Architecture/Art Deco, Clock Tower, Moretti Apartment block, Mohamed V Avenue • Begin your connection to the Moroccan Jewish community with a visit to Narcisse Leven Primary School and Neve Shalom School followed by a tour of the JCC •Lunch Soc Restaurant with "David Perez" • After lunch head to Hassan II Mosque. Continue to the Jewish Museum of Morocco it is the only museum devoted to Judaism in the Arab world. Established in 1997, the museum, whose building originated in 1948 as a Jewish orphanage that housed up to 160 Jewish youth, was renovated in 2013. Visit the Mellah and Jewish Cemetery. The primary justifications given for mellahization the Jewish quarters were often in close proximity to the ruling local powers, offering a form of protection for the Jewish population. This explanation also addresses the resulting effective authority over differing religious populations; if all the Jews are physically together, it is easier to maintain effective Muslim rule, assess taxes, and keep count of the community • Head in land to Marrakech • Check in Sofitel Marrakech • Dinner at Al Fassia Agdal Overnight: Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa

Day 3: Tuesday, November 5

(B,D) Marrakech Breakfast at the Hotel – Visit the Koutoubia Minaretwhich dominates the skyline of Marrakech. Continue to Djemaa El Fenna square, the main square of Marrakesh and a marketplace are located in the medina quarter, which is considered the old city. The name Jemaa el-Fnaa is thought to mean "Assembly of the Dead" or "Place of the Vanished Mosque." No one is sure of the exact meaning, though locals believe the name refers to an Almoravid mosque, which was destroyed over a century ago. Today, the most important thing about famed square is its relation to Marrakesh. Where there was once a mosque there is now a main square, which locals and visitors share throughout the year • Lunch at Dar Zellij • Afterlunch visit the old Medina of Marrakech: Secret garden, Dar bacha, and Marrakech Museum and the souks. The Riad-museum Le Jardin Secret is one of the largest and most ancient palaces of the medina of Marrakech. It is a place that has kept ancient structures intact that are of an extraordinary cultural value, linked to the art of gardens, architecture and Arab hydraulics. Popularly known as Riad Loukrissi, it has been the sumptuous residence of the Qaid U-Bihi who was the head of the Haha tribe. The Riad rises up in the Mouassine quarter and comprises two large gardens and one of the highest towers of the medina. The museum provides you with a wealth of historical information about Marrakech's architecture, water, and gardens • Reception with a Jewish community • Dinner at Dar Ima • Overnight: Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa

Day 4: Wednesday, November 6

(B,L) Marrakech Breakfast at the hotel – Depart from the hotel. Head to La Maison Arabe for the cooking lesson followed by a lunch there. The cooking workshops are
conducted by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef. Group will split into smaller classes and will work alongside a translator (Arabic/English/French), using easy-to-use modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At the end of each workshops, participants dine on the meal they have prepared. At a typical half- day workshop, one learns to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert. Rest of the group tour with the expert designer • Lunch • Get an insider’s look at the Marrakech design and artisanship scene. Visit ateliers and workshops tucked out of public view. Continue to an atelier where local designers create their own twist on traditional home décor accessories • Get away from the hustle–bustle of Marrakech and head in land to the Atlas Mountains with its plush, green fields and peaceful Berber Villages to admire the traditional Moroccan life. Visit the 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: learn their culture and lifestyle • Dinner: On your own lots of restaurants to choice from near hotel • Overnight: Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa

Day 5: Thursday, November 7

(B,L) Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Yves-Saint Laurent Museum. A museum entirely devoted to the work of the legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent opened in October 2017. Then visit the Jardin Majorelle gardens one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the "Ochre City" and its Berber Museum. The Musuem is housed in a painting studio designed by Paul Sinoir in 1931 for Jacques Majorelle. Head inland to Essaouira. Take an excursion to seasideEssaouira, a former Portuguese town on the Atlantic Ocean that has become something of an artists' colony, the enchanting streets of this fortified town were the setting for Orson Welles' 1952 Othello. Explore the picturesque street of the Thuya workers. Essaouira is renowned for its skilled artisans turning fragrant Thuya wood, the Oceanside ramparts, and the numerous art galleries and boutiques scattered about. Most recently it was the location for several episodes of the Game of Thrones series • Lunch at Chalet de la Plage • Visit the old Jewish cemetery and synagogue of Rabbi Chaim Pinto (1748–1845) who was the leading rabbi in the seaport city of Essaouira, Morocco, known in his lifetime as Mogador, Morocco. Rabbi Pinto, himself born into a distinguished rabbinic family, had four sons, Rabbi Yehouda also known as Rabbi Haddan, Rabbi Yossef, Rabbi Yehoshiya and Rabbi Yaacov. Annually, on the anniversary of Rabbi Pinto's death, (26 Elul 5605, in the Hebrew calendar) Jews from around the world come on pilgrimage to pray at the rabbi's grave. Return to Marrakech • Dinner on your own. (there are many good restaurant options near hotel) • Overnight: Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa.

Day 6: Friday, November 8

(B,D) Marrakech –Fes Breakfast at the hotel. (departure from hotel 7:30am) Head inland to Fes • Lunch on route • Take in a panoramic view of the Medina from Borj Sud Fortress • Check into Fes Palais Medina & SPA Hotel • Rest and refresh and get ready for Shabbat. Reception with a Jewish community. Shabbat service and dinner with members of local Jewish Community who will join the group to discuss their life in Fes • Overnight: Fes Fes Palais Medina & SPA

Day 7: Saturday, November 9

 (B,L) Shabbat in Fes Breakfast at the Hotel. Optional Shabbat morning service at Ibn Danan Synagogue • Shabbat Lunch • Walking tour: Learn about the Jewish History in Fes. Visit the restored Ibn Danan Synagogue, continue to the Jewish Cemetery and head to Al Fassiyeen Synagogue. View Dar Batha Museum. Located in the heart of the medina, opposite the beautiful Bou Inania.Before becoming a museum in 1915, the building was a beautiful palace of
Arab-Andalusian style, built by Moulay el Hassan in the late nineteenth century. This museum is full of treasures that reflect the traditional art of Fez and its region. See the stunning gates of the Royal Palace of the Alaouite sultan in the city of Fez. The palace is located in Fes Jdid quarter. It has an area the size of 80 hectares, and known for the brass gate ornamented with zellige tilework and carved cedar woods. The palace is not open to the public. The current gate was a recent renovation, built on top of the ruins of the old gate. The palace is situated in front of the Mechouar Square, which is accessible through Mawlai al-Hassan Street. It is close to Bab Dekakene, one of the gates of Fez. Visit theUniversity of Al Qarawiyyin. Founded by a Muslim woman, the University of Al Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco, opened its doors in 859. Its library has been restored during the last three years by another woman, Canadian Moroccan architect Aziza Chaouni. The library houses a collection of 4,000 rare books and ancient Arabic manuscripts written by renowned scholars of the region. The manuscripts include a 9th century version of the Quran and a manuscript on Islamic jurisprudence written by philosopher Averroes. The University complex was founded as a mosque by Fatima Al-Fihri, who inherited her merchant father's fortunes after the family moved from Al Qayrawan. Dinner at Hotel or on the town on your own •Overnight: Fes Palais Medina & SPA

Day 8: Sunday, November 10

(B,D)–Fes Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Blue Gate of Fes,continue to visit the Nejjarine Museum of wooden Arts and Crafts. This museum is in a wonderfully restored funduq, a caravanserai for traveling 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 of craftsmen's tools, chunky prayer beads and Berber locks, chests and musical instruments. Everything is beautifully presented, although the stunning building gives the exhibits a run for their money. The rooftop cafe has great views over the medina.lunch at Hotel Sahrai on own. Continue to the iconicChaoua Tanneries. Where animal skins are dyed in colored round pools by workers, giving the whole area the aspect of a giant watercolor palette. Continue to theAbou Inania School: one of the few religious places in Morocco accessible to non-Muslim visitors. Dinner at Mimonit Restaurant • Overnight: Fes Palais Medina & SPA

Day 9: Monday, November 11

(B,L) Fes–Volubilis–Meknes–Rabat Breakfast at the hotel. Head inland to Rabat. Head to the ruins of the late Roman era capital of theProvince of Mauritania "Volubilis" a world Heritage site. Volubilis is a partly excavated Berber and Roman city in Morocco situated near the city of Meknes, and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. Lunch on route. Visit the Triumphal Arch, Basilica, Diana and Bathing Nymphs. Continue to Moulay Driss. Visit Meknes, the Imperial capital of Sultan Moulay Ismail, founder of the ruling Alaouit Dynasty • Check into The View Hotel • Rest and refresh before going to dinner. Dinner at leisure not included. (there are many good restaurant options near hotel) • Overnight: The View Hotel

Day 10: Tuesday, November 12

(B,D) – Rabat Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Mellah including theShalom Zaoui Synagogue. Continue to Chellah, the roots of which go back to Phoenician times. Visit Le Tour Hassan, Rabat's iconic landmark, the half-finished minaret of a planned mosque whose remnants attest to its ambitions. Continue to theMausoleum of Mohamed V. Lunch at Sofia Palace on own. Visit the Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat. Visit Mohamed VI Modern and Contemporary Art Museum.Travel to Casablanca - Rest and refresh before dinner •Farewell Dinner at the Kenzi Hotel Tower •Overnight: The Kenzi Hotel

Day 11: Wednesday, November 13

(B) Casablanca– USA Breakfast at the hotel. Head inland to Casablanca Airport. Departure to Casablanca Airport at 8:10 AM

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