Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco
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Jewish historical places
in Essaouira

Regional
Hiloula
of Rabbi Nessim Ben Nessim


ESSAOUIRA

NEWS

The synagougue Slat Lkahal opens again after 6 years of restauration ( 20-03-2018 )


Essaouira réhabilite sa synagogue Simon Attias

See pictures of newly renovated Simon Attias syagogue here below


11-10-2013

The synagogue of Rabbi Haim Pinto is in ruin.

The synagogue Rabbi Chaim Pinto

The entrance of Synagogue Rabbi Haim Pinto. Destruction of old houses in Mellah, medina of Essaouira. See more photos here

   


The Jewish cemetery



The Jewish cementary just outside Bab Doukkala

The Jewish cemetery, just outside the city gates,
is extremely well kept.

Locate this sight on the Map of Essaouira Town

Jewish funeral


Un acte ancien relatant l’achat du cimetière juif de Mogador - par Lakhdar Omar

ESSAOUIRA RÉHABILITE SES CIMETIÈCIMETIÈRES dafina.net

Rehabilation of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cemeteries in Essaouira,
by initiative of  The High Atlas Foundation (Extern link) 2013

Le vieux cimetierre Juif d'Essaouira/Mogador

Le cimetière juif d’Essaouira, la mémoire d’une communauté disparue
- Par Omar Lakhdar

Réhabilitation des cimetières juifs du Maroc
Une première en terre d’Islam
De notre correspondante à Paris, Halima BELGHITI ( L'economist 20150203)

 


 

The jewish cemetary near Bab Doukala

The old Jewish cemetary to the right
before the wall was built.
In the fond Bab Doukkala

The grave of Rabbi Haïm Pinto

Essaouira is the site of an annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Haïm Pinto,died 1845. whose home and synagogue are preserved as an historic and religious site. It is situated in the Mellah. The hiloula of Haïm Pinto is held in September every year. ( 6/9 - 9/9 2012)

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The grave of Chaim Pinto

Essaouira was founded in 1765. The oldest tombs date from 1776. These tombs are interesting. Contrary to Jewish tradition and Mosaic Law, they are sculptured with very marked human forms. These anthropomorphic tombstones sometimes bear epigraphic inscriptions and sometimes none. These monolithic tombstones are carved out of marine sandstone.

International Jewish Cemetery Project

Interesting old grave


Location of the burials of the Sages of Morocco
in Essaouira

Ribbi Avraham Knafo
Ribbi Yosseff Knafo

Source: Localisation des sépultures des Sages du Maroc (Dafina.net)

List of sages in Mogador

List of sadekims in Mogador
Source: https://dafina.net/forums/read.php?53,86729

 


   
   

 

Tomb of Rabbi Chaim Pinto

The grave of Rabbi Haïm Pinto in the old Jewish cemetary.
Annually, on the anniversary of Rabbi Pinto's death,
( 26 Elloul 5605, in the Jewish calendar)
Jews from around the world come on pilgrimage to pray at
the rabbi's grave in the Jewish Cemetery of Essaouira.

The tomb of Tsaddik Rabbi Yehoda Pinto

A signpost at he Jewish cementary

Old Jewish graves

Old graves

 
 

 

 

 

 
   

The Haïm Pinto Synagogue

Read more about Rabbi Haim Pinto here

Chaim Pinto Synagogue

The entrance to the Chaim Pinto Synagogue in the Mellah.

 

 

Synagouge

On the ground floor the home of Haïm Pinto and the synagougue at the first floor.
See more pics below

 

The most symbolic subject in that synagogue is a blue wooden cabinet, called an Ark, holding scrolls containing the Five Books of Moses. It dates back to the 1800’s.

Panoramic view of Haim Pinto Synagougue (External link)

Hilloula de Haim Pinto a Essaouira 2008 

 

ESSAOUIRA: PLUSIEURS CENTAINES DE JUIFS MAROCAINS DU MONDE
CÉLÈBRENT LA HILOULA DE RABBI HAÏM PINTO
(Dafina.net)

 

 

   

 

The synagogue Slat Lkahal

Slat Lkahal

News: The Slat Lhakhal synagogue in Essaouira, lovingly restored by Haim Bitton.
The inauguration will take place on 26 October 2017 during the Andalousies Festival.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BYzE-agAWo5/

 

Sign of the synagogue El Kahal

The Slat Lhakhal synagougue



Slat LKAHAL MOGADOR - Synagogue de la communauté (Youtube VIDEO)

 

 


 

 

 

Synagogue Slat Lkahal in Mellah

The synagogue Slat Lkahal in Mellah

ASL-Mogador ( A nonprofit organization with the goal of restoring and preserving the Synagogue “Slat Lkahal”, a Jewish Heritage in Mogador (Essaouira).

La synagogue Slat Lkahal - Mogador (Juifdumaroc.over-blog.com)

Synagogue Slat Lkahal (Tripadvisor pictures)

The Slat Lkahal synagouge opens again after 6 years of restauration.
(Sous les vents de Mogador VIDEO )

 


The Simon Attias synagogue

In Rue Laalouj in the Kasbah, we find another Jewish historical site. It is the Simon Attias synagogue. The synagogue was built in 1882. Today the door is locked and the windows covered with bluepainted boards. Unknown for most, hopefully waiting for restauration.

Simon Attias Synagogue

The Simon Attias synagogue

 

 


The Attia synagogue is one of the most representative and presigious remains of the Jewish cult in Essaouira. Built at the end of the 19th century, in Derb Alouj , just beside the former British consulate. See location on Map of the Medina and Consulates in Mogador

Interior of the Simon Attias synagouge

Interior of the synagouge Simon Attias

The building covers an area of 400 m2 patio in the centre.

The main prayer room is split into two levels with a space dedicated to women: a mezzanine was set up on three sides of the prayer room for them. The wooden altarpiece or arch (heikhal) is carved Victorian styleas it originated from Manchester during the times of intense trade between Essaouira and England.

A restauration project has begun - maybe the future museum of Judaism in Essaouira.
Source: Le Guido - le magazine d' Essaouira. Edition media business Essaouira No. 38 2013

Pictures from 2018

Simon Attias synagogue 2018

The entrance of Simon Attias synagogue 2018

Simon Attias synagogue 2018

Simon Attias synagogue 2018

At the entrance at Simon Attias synagogue there is a table with the Koran and the Tora next to each other
symbolizing the coexistens of Muslims and Jews

Mr André Azoulay

Mr André Azoulay

Bayt Dakira


 

   

 

Jewish star of David

Star of David with a flower in the middle.
More in symbols

 

 

 

 

 


Medina
The Mellah

The portal of a door in the Medina

Jewish stars on the doors to the mellah show the degree to which Jews were accepted in Essaouira,
to the point that some of the richer Jews did not even live in the mellah.

See also Symbols of doors
in Street Doors Medina

 


 

Synagougue Haim Pinto exterior


Pictures from the interior of the home of Haïm Pinto

Synagougue Haim into interior

Chaim Pinto home

 

Chaim Pinto home

Chaim Pinto home

Read about Rabbi Haim Pinto legends

 


Interior of Simon Attias synagouge

Interior of Simon aAttias synagouge

Interior of Simon aAttias synagouge

Interior of Simon aAttias synagouge

Interior of Simon aAttias synagouge

 

Hiloula of Rabbi Nessim Ben Nessim

The Jewish community celebrates Hiloula of Rabbi Nessim Ben Nessim
in the village Aît Bayyoud (Essaouira province).
It is a annual moussem in May with participation of several Jewish pilgrims,
mostly originate from Essaouira , living abroad.

Ait Biyoud (Meskala) is situated about 40 km from Essaouira.

 

Rabbi Nessim ben Nessim

Sign at the entrance of the sanctuary of Rabbi Nessim ben Nessim
in the village of 'Aît Bayyoud (Ait Bayoud, Ait Bayyoud, Ait Bayot).
It is situated about 40 km south east of Essaouira. Locate on map below!

ait Bayoud

The village Ait Bayoud with the sanctuary of Rabbi Nessim ben Nessim


Show the map Essaouira Natural bigger

 

Moussem de Rabbi Nessim ben Nessim à Essaouira (ext links)

Essaouira: Moroccan Jews mark festival of Rabbi Nessim Ben Nessim (2014)


Liens en français:

LA HILOULA A ESSAOUIRA

Des pèlerins juifs du monde entier réunis à Essaouira

La communauté juive célèbre à Essaouira la hilloula de Rabbi Haim Pinto

Essaouira : Des membres de la communauté juive marocaine célèbrent la Hiloula de Rabbi Nessim Ben Nessim

Hiloua du Rabbi Nessim

Hiloua du Maroc

Rabbi Haim Pinto

L'empire de David Pinto ou les miracles d'un saint juif marocain

Les sages du Maroc

Le vieux cimetierre Juif d'Essaouira/Mogador

Le culte des saints et les pèlerinages des Juifs du Maroc

« Pèlerinages, rites et traditions des juifs du Maroc » de Nina Banon

Pèlerinages juifs au Maroc

Des pèlerins juifs du monde entier réunis à Essaouira

Localisation des sépultures des Sages du Maroc

VIDEO

Synagogues du Maroc (UniverseTorah.org) VIDEO Slat Attias Essaouira



 

 

Tomb of Rabbi Haim Pinto

The tomb of Rabbi Haim Pinto in Essaouira
Picture from On This Day in Jewish History

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Culture


Jewish historical sites
 

External links

Essaouira Mogador
cementary

Searchable database of names and other identifying information from the cemeteries of Essaouira (Mogador)

Dalles funeraires juives
du cimetiere d' essaouira

Death in Judaism

Moroccan Jews

Mellah

The last Jews of Essaouira

Chaim Pinto
Wiki

The Hiloulah of
Rabbi Chaim Pinto

Rabbi
Nessim ben Nessim

(En français)

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