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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Gottreich’s lecture on Jewish Morocco. It was a well balanced presentation with history, sociology, arts, and food. She opened our eyes to many ideas that were new to us, and now we are looking forward to our trip to Morocco more than ever!
Historic approach with photos from 1950's of the development of Jewish life in Morocco. Lecturer introduced musical segments of Jewish music, food, economic and political segments up to modern times.
With good reason, the speaker began talking about the History of Jews in the region, one of the highlights of the presentation. Despite the short time, the main aspects were addressed, be it the Mellahs (created almost 80 years before the the ghetto in Venice), the customs, the delicious food, the rugged landscape and, of course, the migrations of the Jewish people: the immigrationl of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492, or the emigration to the Amazon in the second half of the XIX century, as well as the great emigration to Israel after the end of the 2nd World War. I also highlight the small sample of Moroccan music.
I learned so much I did not know. Emily was well organized, very knowledgeable, and had a variety of visuals. I particularly liked the music and singing. I hope she does a virtual on-site tour when she travels to Morocco.
Excellent review of the history and multiple aspects of Jewish culture in Morocco.