Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Moroccan king donates fountain to synagogue

From the Canadian Jewish News

About 200 members of Toronto’s Moroccan Jewish community braved cold winter winds last week to attend the dedication ceremony of a traditional Moroccan fountain. The fountain was donated by the Moroccan King Mohammed VI to the Sephardic Kehila Centre.

Chief Sephardi Rabbi Amram Assayag, who immigrated to Toronto from Morocco when he was 15 years old, called the dedication a “historical event,” and said it “brings back the wonderful memories of our childhood as we walk into a building with such a majestic feature.”

Rabbi Assayag said that his community was “privileged” to live in Morocco.

“Our kings were full of understanding and mercy… Moroccan Jewry flourished in a way that very few Diasporas have flourished.”

Kehila Centre president Elias Toby said that while the Jewish community in Morocco has dwindled over the past 50 years, “Jewish synagogues and schools continue to receive government subsidies.”

He added that “after half a century of separation, the Jews of Morocco are finding their way home. Many of us have recently visited Morocco, and through those visits, we recall and better understand the culture and dimension of being a Sephardic Jew.

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