We meet at JFK Airport at 6:15 pm sharp for our 8:20 P.M. , Flight 201, evening departure DIRECT to Casablanca, with the reliable ROYAL AIR MAROC AIRLINES. We can break our fast at 8:30 pm . We arrive at 7:50 am and after baggage pickup we will daven Shacharis with a nice breakfast at the airport .
Without wasting any time, we take a panoramic drive through this beautiful city on our short way to visit the magnificent Mosque King Hassan II (second largest Mosque in the world!).We then board a bus for a short 60 KM bus ride trip northward along the coast driving through Rabat (“the white imperial city”) neatly laid out and covered with flowers and Sali (birthplace and home of “Or Ha’Chaim Ha’Kadosh). We now take another 220 km trip northeast (stopping for a picnic lunch at a gorgeous park) to drop our caterer off @ our excellent hotel in Fez to prepare for dinner. We then continue on our way to pray, before sundown, 5:30 pm, at the “tzion” of the great “Miracle Worker,” the most famous one in Morocco , Rebbi Amram Ibn Diwanne, located 9 km. northwest of Quezzane. We might even have “Krias Ha’Torah” in the schul next to the “tzion.” Immediate return trip of about one hour to Fez, a delicious well-deserved late dinner and plunk into bed for a well-deserved rest after a very trying day !
Late Shacharis. Embark upon a full day tour of Fez, “the most complete medieval city in the world” and home to the “Rif “ (R’ Yitzchak Al-Fasi, 11th century) and the Rambam (1160-1165).Visit the Em Ha’Banim and Ibn Danan Synagogues, the house of the Rambam(?), the very important large Jewish Cemetery (opposite the Royal Palace!), the Nejjarine Fountain, explore one of the most fascinating and famous souks in the Moslem world with its narrow, medieval, maze-like streets and absorb the mystique of this remarkable eighth-century city, the most ancient of the Moroccan Imperial cities, founded in 790 C.E. by Moulay Idriss II. Early dinner and free time for strolling and shopping.
Another late Daf Yomi and Shacharis then travel 60 KM southwest to Meknes, the “Versailles of Morocco,” once home to thousands of Jews. We will take a very interesting walking tour of bustling Meknes, exploring all its major attractions and then have a Kumsitz/lunch at the most beautiful, preserved gate in Morocco: the Bab El Mansour. An afternoon excursion 33KM northward to the city of Volubilis, founded in pre-Roman times and explore the 2nd and 3rd century Roman ruins, some of the best-preserved in the world!
Depart very early in the morning (sunrise is @ 7:30 am) for the longest and most fascinating trip of our tour, an appx. 467 kms. trek thru the “middle atlas” region, through many Berber villages, to Marrakesh. Marrakesh is the capital of Southern Morocco, founded in the 11th century, and known as the “soul of Morocco.” . On our way we will stop at the Lake D’ait Aoua, the perfect setting for a Kodak moment, visit Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicrafts and carpetweaving and visit Beni-Mellal for a late lunch and a moment of relaxation. Check into our beautiful five- star hotel, wash-up, dinner and free time to explore the Djamaa el- Fna Square, the heart of this magical city .
Very early Shacharis with Chief Rabbi Moshe Gabbai in the hotel, (swimming for men), breakfast and an enjoyable swim in an exquisite outdoor pool (women only). Begin our first guided tour of this fascinating city including: the Gardens of Agdal and the Menara, the Koutoubia, the Palais el-Badi and Palais dela Bahia. Stroll the colorful souks with their enticing array of spices, carpets, jewelry, and crafts. Excursion to Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains with its plush, green fields and peaceful Berber villages. Late picnic lunch in an exquisite spot in the valley. Visit another famous saint’s gravesite: a well-known “miracle worker,” Rabbi Solomon Bal Chehnch (the “master of the snake”). Shabbat preparation and Kabbalat Shabbat at the Central Synagogue. Seudat Shabbat (1); Dvar Torah: Ha’Rav Dr. Nathann David Rabinowich. Oneg Shabbat with Chief Rabbi Gabbai shlita , his Rebbetzin and some of the locals .
Late Shacharis at the Central Synagogue, sermon (in Hebrew) by Ha’ Rav Dr. Rabinowich, Kiddush, Parsha class, Seudat Shabbat (2), Guest speaker: the president of the Marrakech community. Take a well-deserved “shluf” or explore the city on your own. Mincha, Seudah Shlishit (3). Motzoei Shabbat: discover the city’s nightlife, try the famous casino or enjoy a romantic, highly recommended evening stroll through the world famous Djamaa el- Fna Square, the heart of the city with its story -tellers, snake chambers, fire eaters and non-stop entertainment. Excellent swimming and exercise facilities available. Join us at 11:30 p.m. for a grand banquet Melava Malka with Rabbi and Rebbetzin Gabbai (OPTIONAL: enjoy some excellent Moroccan cuisine at the only kosher restaurant in town).
Late Shacharis , once again with Rabbi Gabbai at the HOTEL ; (swimming for men), breakfast and an enjoyable swim in an exquisite outdoor pool (women only). Free time for shopping until mid-day. We then embark on a very pleasant 110 mile trip directly westward to the popular, 200 year old coastal city of Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador, and once populated by many Jews. Walk along its famous ramparts, explore the Skala du Port, the Ile de Mogador and the famed Purple Isles. Shop at the local bookstore, the only Jewish-owned business in town. A delicious banquet and free time to enjoy the hotel and the serenity of this lovely coastal town.
At 9:00 am sharp we embark on our last long bus ride: a 351 KM return trip, due north, to Casablanca, via El Jadida and Azamour where we will visit the holy gravesite of Rabbi Avraham Moul Niss (the Performer of Miracles ) and then head directly to our excellent hotel in Casablanca to check-in, wash up and have a sit-down lunch. We then, once again head to Rabat and Sali we will pay our respects to the many saints buried in Sali’s Jewish cemetery. Afterwards, we will take a tour of the splendid Mohammed V Mausoleum (and that of the late King Hassan), the Chellah and a splendid walk along the Ramparts and the Walls of Mechouar that surround the impressive Royal Palace. Return to Casablanca for an early farewell banquet and a free evening of strolling and shopping.
Early wake-up call at 7:00 a.m., breakfast and off to the airport for our Royal Air Maroc, Flight 200, leaving Casablanca at 10:40 p.m. returning directly to JFK Airport (NYC), at approximately 2:45 p.m.
All prayers, lectures and shiurim are voluntary !
Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich will serve as Rav and deliver short lectures throughout the bus rides and at the hotels. This is all in addition to his daily Daf Yomi shiur,Hashgacha duties and insightful comments at all the Jewish historical sites
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