Debdou the jewish

Debdou the jewish

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

View over the jewish cemetery debdou9

Entrance of the jewish cemetery debdou6

A synagogue debdou3Inside a synagogue debdou4 debdou5

Jewish house debdou8


Typical door debdou7

Kasbah Debdou10


3 thoughts on “Debdou the jewish

  1. Georges Cohen-Scali

    Je suis descendant de la famille CohenScali de Seville et Debdou.
    J’apprecierai d’autres informations de Debdou. Merci d’avance.

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