The local Jewish community of Marrakesh, the city that was most affected by the devastating earthquake in Morocco, has launched a fundraising campaign to assist their affected neighbors within the city. The funds will also be used to restore the damaged Jewish quarter, including the synagogue and the Jewish cemetery.
No Jewish victims have been reported so far despite the high death toll from the earthquake, which currently stands at 2,800 and is expected to climb further.
Marrakesh’s Jewish community numbers about 120, while the majority of the kingdom’s 1,500 Jews live in Casablanca, which was not affected by the earthquake.
The earthquake took place shortly before the start of a annual Jewish pilgrimage marking the death of a famous Moroccan rabbi and during the harvest season of etrogs, a citrus fruit that is part of the Jewish celebrations of the Jewish festival of Sukkot.