Ifrane - Since its creation, the Mimouna club of Al Akhawayn University has organized promotional trips, conferences, and talks, in addition to annual “Jewish days” that celebrate Jewish history and culture.
Ifrane – Since its creation, the Mimouna club of Al Akhawayn University has organized promotional trips, conferences, and talks, in addition to annual “Jewish days” that celebrate Jewish history and culture.
This year the Mimouna club of Al Akhawayn University in collaboration with the Mimouna foundation and Al Akhawayn University’s school of humanities and social sciences, is organizing Moroccan Jewish Days with the principal theme: “Two thousand years of Judaism in Morocco”.
Opening at Al Akhawayn University in Ifran on the 24th of February, the Moroccan Jewish days will continue to Fez on the 25th, and to Casablanca on the 26th. This event aims chiefly at promoting the Moroccan Jewish culture, and to honor the memory of the Moroccan Jewish icon, Mr. Simon Levy.
This event is unique in that it gathers people from different countries, cultural backgrounds, and religions, who will discuss the topic. What makes it even more special is that the entire event is organized by young Moroccan Muslims. There is also generational diversity which will enable the sharing of different perspectives on the topic.
The objective of the event is to make people aware of this glorious part of the history and identity of Morocco that is very often overlooked, hidden or even skewed in textbooks and media, especially in mass media broadcastings.
During th three days of the event, many exhibitions will take place across the three cities through conferences, panel discussions, musical evenings, film screenings, distribution of books about Jewish Moroccan history, a visit of Jewish sites around different cities, as well as a tribute that will be given to the late foremost authority on Moroccan Jewish culture, Simon Levy.
The Jewish days will feature many artists, political personalities, business entrepreneurs, Mimouna members, musicians, and representatives of the Jewish community. Moreover, the target audience is the Moroccan community, especially the Young Moroccans who should be aware of their plural identity and more particularly the Jewish aspect of the Moroccan pluralist identity.
The three-day event is expected to promote the very rich Moroccan Jewish culture and the foster tolerance between all religions in the kingdom, and in other Muslim communities.
In a world where disparities and tensions between different cultures and religions are broad, this event aims to eliminate stereotypes and restore to Morocco’s youth knowledge of secularism and pluralism of their identity. By understanding and knowing the true history of Moroccan Jews, people will be able to judge objectively the dissemination of ideas and information.