I was recently invited to discover a small town in north east Morocco called Debdou. I’m still amazed by the historic and cultural heritage of it.Debdou used to be a multi-etchnic town where more than 2000 jews and berbers lived together. The Sephardic community was expelled from Spain and found a new home in Morocco.
“Debdou the jewish” was the name given to the city in the 16th century. With more than 12 synagogues, it was for many years the intellectual & religious center for jews in north Africa. Families of Cohen-Scali, Bensoussan, Marciano & Benhamou lived there until mid 20th century.
It is still a famous pilgrimage site as many rabbis are buried in the cemetery