Everyone wants to get away at this time of the year, whether to a sunny destination or even to places with a Jewish connection. The old synagogues of the Caribbean or Rangoon are just a couple of examples. These journeys are certainly fun and informative, but there’s nothing as exciting as a trip to a foreign, enchanting land, a cradle of ancient Jewish culture, accompanied by a lively group of diverse Ottawa Jews – all keen to learn and experience together.
This past fall, I led such a trip to Morocco, along with my wife Muriel, and with the assistance and immense support of Helen and Rick Zipes. Even though Muriel and I were both born in Morocco, this adventure was more than just a homecoming. It was an opportunity for us to share our love and knowledge about the world of Sephardic Jewry with our friends in the group who were mostly Jews of Ashkenazi origin. This made it a truly unique experience for all. [Read more…]