The Center for Research and Archives on Judaism in Northern Morocco was created yesterday, Wednesday September 21, 2022, in Tangier. Its mission will be, among other things, to conduct scientific studies, in collaboration with eminent Moroccan and international researchers, to better understand and present this community to the public.
The launch of the Center for Research and Archives on Judaism in Northern Morocco (CJNM) took place yesterday, Wednesday September 21, 2022, on the sidelines of an international meeting on the history of Jews in the north of the Kingdom.
Approached by Le360, the director of the Archives of Morocco, Jamaâ Baida, indicated that this meeting was an opportunity to bring together several experts from the archives of Morocco, Europe and America, with a view to creating an Archives Center linked to Moroccan Jews, especially those from the north of the Kingdom, recalling that the 2011 Constitution enshrines the plurality of Moroccan identity.
The president of the Jewish community of Tangier, Serge Berdugo, for his part, recalled that the launch of the Center for Research and Archives on Judaism in Northern Morocco was held a month after the inauguration of the Assayag Synagogue. , and the opening of the Beit Yehouda museum space in the medina of Tangier, with the aim of rehabilitating Judeo-Moroccan culture, and preserving this component of the memory of the northern region.
“During the inauguration of the Beit Yehouda museum space, I announced that, within the framework of the directives of His Majesty the King, we were going to create a center for research and scientific studies on the Jewish community of Tangier. A month later, we are here, with about thirty experts, coming from all the countries of the world, multicultural and multi-confessional, from France, Belgium, America, Venezuela, Brazil, Israel, Morocco… to try to set up an institute that will manage and study the history, traditions and languages of the community of Iberian origin in northern Morocco,” he said.
“It is a nugget for research. We have been able to put in place a system that we hope to make work with our partners from several universities in Morocco, including those of Tetouan and Tangier,” he added.
Managed by a committee comprising personalities from Belgium, France, Spain, Brazil, Israel, the United States and Morocco, the Center for Research and Archives on Judaism in Northern Morocco is part of a set of initiatives of the Jewish community of the Kingdom, supported in this case, in particular, by the Jewish Community of Tangier, the Donna Foundation and Haïm Benchimol.
It will establish its headquarters at the office of the Jewish Community of Tangier, and will house a library and a place of residence dedicated to researchers. Its mission will be, among other things, to conduct scientific studies, in partnership with the Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, in collaboration with eminent Moroccan and international researchers, to better understand and present this community to the widest public in Morocco and abroad, residents or visitors, all faiths combined.