Africa The IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project mission is to catalogue every Jewish burial site throughout the world. Every Jewish cemetery or burial site we know of is listed here by town or city, country, and geographic region is based on current locality designation. Tue, 23 May 2017 05:07:58 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb AGADIR: A major city located in southern half of Morocco, on the Atlantic Ocean coast. "It has a small Jewish community, and a small group of Berber Jews lives in the neighboring town of Inezgane. Source:  [February 2002]

UPDATE: The 1 March 1960 Agadir earthquake killed 12,000, of whom ten percent were Jews. In Agadir cemetery, two-thirds of the tombs are those of the people who died on that day. Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cemeteries lie side by side in an area that was never rebuilt, since it lies on the fault. Common graves exist. A genizah (burial site for torahs and other religious texts and articles) also exists. Source: Rick Gold [February 2002]

Also see separate article on: Inezane, now a suburb of Agadir;  Taroudant, a town close to Agadir; and Ifrane d'Anti-Atlas (Oufrane), south of Agadir.



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Aït Benhaddou is a 'fortified city', or kasbah, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in Souss-Massa-Draa on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. Pictures include a Berber cemetery that the guide told me was used by many Berber Jews, as seen from the kasbah, and a view of the city. Source and photos courtesy Dr. Daniel AldoTeveles [February 2010]



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AKKA: A small town in southeastern Morocco, not far from the Algerian border.

CEMETERY: In this town, caravans to Tindouf and Timbuktu were organized. Jews were responsible for much of the trade, including black slavery. The Jewish village of Tagadirt is on the left just before entrance to Akka. Follow along a rough path for 1-kilometer. Just before it starts to climb, there is a rock field. The Jewish cemetery consists of rocks arranged in piles the length and width of a tomb. This can be seen well from on top of the hill. The tombs date at least from early in this century. Source: Rick Gold [February 2002]

"Akka is an oasis, a palmary, close to the Algerian border. It is an ancient caravan route and an ancient area of Jewish settlement. Akka is composed of the city Akka and small douar or villages (about 7 in total). Village of Tagadirt may have Jewish cemetery also. Source: Jewish Morocco [November 2008]

See also separate articles on Tagadirt and Zawiya, villages close to Akka.


]]> (Ellen Renck) Morocco Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:37:07 +0000
AZJEN Also see Ouezzane

A village in northern Morocco, east of the town of Ouezzane. East of Ouezzane is the village of Azjen, where the tomb of the most important Jewish saint, Amram Ben Diwane, is found. The Lag B'Omer pilgrimages to his grave attract hundreds of Jews from both inside and beyond Morocco." Source:  [February 2002]

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CASABLANCA: The largest city in Morocco, located in the west of the country on the Atlantic Ocean Coast, formerly within the French protectorate of Morocco.

Beth El, the Main Synagogue of Casablance, Rue Verlet Hanus, Tradition: Moroccan Orthodox Sephardi population: 5,998. Jewish population: 6,000 According to Yitzchak Schier, the Casablanca community has school(s), Jewish bookstore(s), Jewish cemetery, Jewish community center(s), Jewish day school(s), kosher market(s), kosher products in other markets, kosher restaurant(s), mikvah, and mohel(im). Additional information provided by Alain Amar. Source: [May 2001]

CEMETERY: "The Jewish cemetery in the mellah is open and quiet, with well-kept white stone markers in French, Hebrew and Spanish. Once a year, Casablancans celebrate a hiloula, or prayer festival, at the tomb of the Jewish saint, Eliahou." Source:  [February 2002]

UPDATE: Mellah Cemetery maintained by three Muslim families. The 50 year-old site has broken stones and barely legible inscriptions. Source: Rick Gold [February 2002]


Photos courtesy Len Bennett [March 2012]






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CEUTA - see under Spanish North Africa Spanish North Africa


]]> (Ellen Renck) Morocco Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:40:23 +0000
DEBDOU: 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: Rick Gold [February 2002]


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EL AAIÚN - see under Western Sahara Western Sahara



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EL JADIDA (Mazagan): A port city in western Morocco, on the Atlantic Ocean coast, south of Casablanca and about 175 kilometers north of Marrakech. It was previusly known as  Mazagan.

CEMETERY: "In El Jadida, the 18th century Portuguese citadel later served as the Jewish quarter. It is possible to climb the bastions, where a Star of David can be seen on an abandoned synagogue, which was converted from a Portuguese court house. Next to the Portuguese city is a large Jewish cemetery. The tombstones of Jewish translators and employees of foreign consuls demonstrates [sic] the Jewish role in 19th century trade with Europe. The saint Yahia Assouline is buried in this cemetery." Source [February 2002]

See also separate article on Sidi Rahal, just south of El Jedida.


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ERFOUD JEWISH CEMETERY: East of Tinerir is the Ziz Valley and Tafilalet region where Jews lived and financed the caravan trade with Sub-Saharan Africa from as early as the eighth century.  Erfoud was the major Jewish population center of the Tafilalet, where Jews worked as merchants and artisans as late as the twentieth century(BERBER TRIBUS). Erfoud cemetery has the tomb of R. Eliyahu Abuhatzeira of the famous Abuhatzeira clan. The cemetery is in  good condition. Source and photos below courtesy Dr. Daniel AldoTeveles [February 2010]



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