Rabat- Moroccan Americans in New York (M.A.N.Y.), a new cultural non-profit organization, which grew organically out of the significant Moroccan community presence in the city, this weekend hosted the celebration of the traditional Jewish Moroccan holiday, Mimouna, which marks the end of the holiday of Passover.  While abstaining from consuming leavened bread throughout the 8-day holiday, the tradition has been to bring together Muslim and other neighbors to Jewish homes for a celebratory meal. Families would go from home to home, where neighbors will bring traditional baked goods. Such celebrations also include music, singing, dancing, and a great deal of rejoicing among the communities. There are various traditions concerning the origin of this celebration; however, in recent years, the celebration has gained in popularity among Ashkenazi Jews around the world - thanks to the large Moroccan Jewish communities - and the festive nature of the celebration. Although currently, the Jewish community in Morocco numbers no more than 5000, the tradition remains vibrant. Furthermore, thanks to the educational efforts of the student-run Mimouna Association, Muslim student groups in various universities across the country are starting to rediscover and enjoy the tradition.

Moroccan Americans in New York' Celebrates Mimouna for the First Time
Moroccan Americans in New York' Celebrates Mimouna for the First Time
Irina Tsukerman is a New York based attorney, whose focus is on assisting human rights defenders, liberal democratic dissidents, and persecuted minorities, and who frequently writes about security issues, human rights, international affairs, and geopolitics.