Rabat - The president of the Jewish community of Casablanca died on Wednesday August 10 in Casablanca at the age of 97.
Rabat – The president of the Jewish community of Casablanca died on Wednesday August 10 in Casablanca at the age of 97.
The news of his death was announced by Vanessa Paloma, a member of the Casablanca Jewish community.
“The sad news of the death this morning of a great leader of our exemplary Jewish Community of Casablanca: Mr. President Boris Toledano left me heartbroken. He was a great man, an example of joy, courage, and rectitude,” she said on her Facebook page.
Aged 97, he died a natural death according to his friends and relatives.
His disappearance sparked strong emotions within the Jewish community in Casablanca and across Morocco with many on social media regretting his death.
“Mr. Boris Toledano was a man who from his young age lived up to his principles – he fought against Franco’s fascism as a young student caught in Spain coming from Larache – it was this heroic deed that prohibited him from returning to his hometown when he came back to Morocco after his studies,” Vanessa Paloma told Morocco World News.
“Toledano settled in then French- Protectorate Morocco and early on became involved in the Jewish Community of Casablanca, where his impeccable principles were proved through many decades of service. He was an open and joyful man with a deep sense of duty and honor. A true example,” she added.
His funeral will be held this Thursday at 4.30 pm in the cemetery of Ben M’Sik.