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)
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
Location of the burials of the Sages of Morocco in Essaouira
List of sadekims in Mogador
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.
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/
Slat LKAHAL MOGADOR - Synagogue de la communauté(Youtube VIDEO)
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).
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.
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 synagouge Simon
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
The entrance of 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
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
mostly originate from Essaouira , living abroad.
Ait Biyoud (Meskala) is situated
about 40 km from Essaouira.
Sign at the entrance of the sanctuary
of Rabbi Nessim ben Nessim
in the village of 'Aît Bayyoud (Ait Bayoud, Ait Bayyoud,
It is situated about 40 km south east of Essaouira.
Locate on map below!
The village Ait Bayoud
with the sanctuary of Rabbi Nessim ben Nessim