DEBDOU: Print

A town in northeast Morocco, not far from the Algerian border.

"Southwest of Oujda is Debdou, a town which had a significant Jewish population, as shown by its large mellah and two Jewish cemeteries. Debdou saints include Youssef Bensimon, Jacob Cohen, Ishak Ben Moche Cohen, Mardochee Ben Moche Cohen, and Moche Ben Sultan."
Source: [February 2002]

UPDATE: There are two Jewish cemeteries up the hill.

Old Cemetery: A mud wall that has melted away surrounds the old one, although its metal gate still exists. The graves are marked by stones the length and width of a casket. None of the tombstones have engravings. The older cemetery dates back 900 years.

New Cemetery: The newer cemetery is further up the hill. Several hundred graves date from the early 20th century to the mid-1950s. The inscriptions on several of the tombstones are painted. Others are clearly engraved in cement. There are several "tzadeks," who have graves identified by fireplace dugouts. Several graves have Spanish inscriptions. Muslim inhabitants reported that groups of Jews visit the cemetery from time to time, either to visit ancestors' graves or to pray at the tombs of the saint. In 1992, a group of almost seventy French Jews originally from Oujda made the pilgrimage. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [February 2002]

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2009 18:01