Most of Morocco's 2,500 Jews live in Casablanca, where their children attend the Alliance Israelite school
Young Jews from Morocco are studying in Israel as part of their degrees. Some choose to stay on: there is no future for us in Morocco, one tells Ynet News:
Thirteen young Jewish men from Morocco began their studies at the Machon Lev
academic institution for men in the Jerusalem College of Technology this
These youngsters are part of a fast-growing phenomenon of Moroccan Jewish families sending their children to study in Israel,
particularly at the Jerusalem institute
These 13 men join 25 other young
Moroccan Jews who arrived in Israel in a secret operation in the past
three years. Machon Lev helps them maintain their Jewish tradition and
values while engaging in academic studies.
On their way to Israel they pass through several countries, in an
attempt to cover their tracks and ensure that the Moroccan authorities
are unaware of their real destination.
Encouraging their arrival, the State of Israel lets them in
without stamping their passports, thus protecting the families left
behind and allowing them to return safely to Morocco after completing
The young men study engineering and high-tech for four years,
and most of them decide to immigrate to Israel upon completing their
"There is no future for us in Morocco," explains Itzhak, an accounting
student. "I came to Israel and I see myself staying here in the future
and starting a family."
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