I read with great interest Mayan Jaffe’s piece, “Magic In Morocco” (Dec. 6). Although going to Israel is a great way to learn about Moroccan Jewish culture, since almost a million Israelis are of Moroccan descent, there is no better way to learn than to go to the source. It is for that reason that Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills has put together a Jewish Tour of Morocco (May 4 to 12, 2014) with a dedicated educator from Da’at Travel that will include four cities, Casablanca, Fes, Rabat and Marrakech. We will be learning about how the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee cares for the elderly Jewish population, we will be having Shabbat dinner with members of the Marrakech Jewish community, and we will be visiting the only Jewish museum in the Arab world. Those joining us will witness what was referred to in the JT article as a vibrant country, a remarkable exotic destination and a millennia old Sefardic community.
Rabbi Jay R. Goldstein
Beth Israel Congregation