Until the 1960s large Jewish communities existed side by side with their Muslim neighbours in the villages of Morocco’s rural areas. This rural Judaism has completely disappeared with the mass-emigration of Moroccan Jews in the second half of the 20th century. Its traces, however, are innumerable; synagogues, cemeteries and genizot testify to a rich but widely unknown past.
This exhibition curated by the Museum of the Art and History of Judaism in Paris is mainly based on photographs taken in the 1950s by Elias Harrus, a delegate of the French Alliance Israélite Universelle in Morocco. About 70 photos illustrate the presence of Jewish communities within the Berber societies in mountain areas: the large and middle Atlas, the Anti Atlas and in the pre-Saharan regions.
In order to realize this exhibition in Morocco, our association needs funding for the transport and the necessary insurance for the photographs.