Moroccan Jews celebrate festival in Essaouira

Hundreds of Moroccan Jews from around the world gathered in the coastal city of Essaouira to celebrate the annual four-day event of Hiloula from September 14 to 17.

Some Moroccan Jews meets annually in Essaouira in order to pray on the grave of Rabbi Haim Pinto on the anniversary of his death in the Jewish cemetery of the city.

Haim Pinto was the leading rabbi in Essaouira.

The event attracts annually more than 1,500 Moroccan Jews as pilgrims from North America, Latin America and Europe.

An official ceremony was held on Thursday evening, in the presence of Provincial Governor Jamal Makhtatar, provincial and other officials.

Makhtatar pointed out the importance of the annual meeting which highlights the attachment of Moroccan Jews to their country of origin, adding that coexistence and tolerance have been always been the fundamental values that underpin the uniqueness of the kingdom.

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