Morocco will teach Jewish history in public schools — and king approves by the Forward

Morocco will teach Jewish history in public schools — and king approves

Jewish history and culture will be included in the Arabic-language curriculum for Moroccan primary school students.

The decision, approved by Morocco’s king, Mohammed VI, is an effort to “perpetuate the Judeo-Moroccan legacy as an integral part of the Moroccan identity,” according to a joint statement from the American Sephardi Federation and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

“Ensuring Moroccan students learn about the totality of their proud history of tolerance, including Morocco’s philo-Semitism, is an inoculation against extremism,” said the joint statement.

King Mohammed VI has a long history of close ties with Morocco’s Jewish community. In January, he was present at the inauguration of a new Jewish community center, Beyt Dakira, in the old city of Essaouira.

The space was described as a “house of history and memory” by Andrey Azouley, the Jewish advisor who championed the project. It is home to a synagogue, museum and research center on Jewish-Islamic relations.

Though once the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world, today only about 2,000 Jews live in Morocco, most in the country’s economic center, Casablanca. The coronavirus pandemic hit the community particularly hard after after an outbreak at a Purim party and Jewish wedding in March.


David Ian Klein

David Ian Klein

David Ian Klein covers breaking news and international Jewish communities for the Forward. You can reach him at and on Twitter @davidianklein .

Morocco to include Jewish history in school curriculum

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Morocco will teach Jewish history in public schools — and king approves

Thank you!

This article has been sent!