Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Essaouira synagogue a sorry - and stinking - sight
Last week Hicham Bougrine was shocked when he visited the Rabbi Haim Pinto synagogue in Essaouira ( formerly Mogador), Morocco.
Once you are through the blue door, the synagogue itself looks cared for - neat and whitewashed with a tiled floor. But the synagogue's exterior is a different story. Its walls desperately need restoring and repainting. The building stands next to a derelict site and sewage is flowing freely past. The smell, says Hicham, is indescribable !
So appalled was Hicham that Morocco has so neglected its Jewish heritage that he decided to start a petition deploring Essaouira's failure to clean up the site here. It's in French but a signature is a signature in any language.
See more pictures here.
More about Jewish sites in Essaouira here (with thanks: Kalserud)