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Ibn Danan Synagogue: a jewel of Moroccan Jewish culture

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Finally renovated after two years of work, this synagogue reflects the history of a community that has been living in Fez since 1492.

It is written in the texts. Adopted in 2011, the new constitution enshrines the ‘Hebrew particularities' of Morocco as ‘a secular tributary' of its ‘national identity', and King Mohammed VI has called for ‘the restoration of all the Jewish temples'.

Founded in the 17th century, the oldest synagogue in Fez has been renovated after two years of work. In the first half of the 20th century, it counted 250,000 faithful, and it still caters to the largest Jewish community in North Africa. In the 1970s, it was transformed into a carpet-making workshop, then a boxing gym. Though the building was near to collapse, its wall inscriptions and its balcony were fortunately preserved; its renovation was funded by private donations, particularly from Germany. A place of worship, it is also one of Fez's special attractions.

Ibn Danan Synagogue

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