Menorah at the Feztival

Menorah Puts the Fez in Feztival

What’s with the fez?

When did you join the Shriners?

Do you know you have a red thingy on your head?

These are but a few of the rejoiners from people who stopped at the Menorah booth at Sunday’s Boulder Jewish Festival. The answer – glad you asked! – is that we were promoting Menorah’s trip to Morocco, May 2-15, 2016.

Because of the nature of our cultural events programming, Menorah is able to create a new theme for each year’s booth. This year, there were posters of sand dunes and palaces, camels and markets, and an exotic old print of the famed painting, “A Jewish Wedding in Morocco.” The back of the booth featured a long red rectangular fabric, with a Jewish star in the middle. The actual Moroccan flag is solid red with a five-pointed star.

The actual Moroccan Flag
The Moroccan Flag with a Jewish Star

More than 18 people signed our list indicating interest in Exploring Jewish Morocco. We already have deposits from several people who don’t want to risk being shut out after we hit our 30-person limit. We are keeping the trip small so everyone sits on one bus, and so that the experience is intimate. Since there are few trips that cover the country’s Jewish history in depth, we want to make sure everyone has their questions answered and their needs met. The deposit, which assures your spot, is refundable until November 30.

To read a recent NY Times article about the popularity of Jewish Journeys to Morocco: IN MOROCCO: EXPLORING REMNANTS OF JEWISH HISTORY

Miriam Levinson, the tour guide who led the Cuba trip in January of 2014, will be in Boulder on Sunday, November 15, to meet with trip participants. The response from the Cuba trip was overwhelmingly positive, with high praise for Miriam’s warmth, enthusiasm, organization, and depth of knowledge. Following her free 4:00 pm Sunday talk, there will be a Moroccan dinner and a concert by Marrakech Express. The concert and dinner are free to participants, and are open to the community for $25.

The itinerary, which includes leisure time for personal explorations and free time for rest at our four-star hotels, can be viewed here: ITINERARY

Experience the Jewish Heritage of Morocco with a private group trip designed for members of the Boulder community by tour guide Miriam Levinson. Morocco is a country where the colors are vivid, the contrasts are intense and views are picturesque.  Landscapes range from snow-capped peaks to rolling sand dunes dotted with Kasbahs and mystical Berber villages. This two-week adventure includes the Imperial Cities of Casablanca, Fez, Rabat and Marrakech.

COST: $5,250 (double occupancy; $1,500 additional for single)
The deposit is $515 per person by credit card. There is a $15 discount for paying by check.
The price includes:
• Round trip airfare from New York to Casablanca
• Buffet breakfast daily
• 7 dinners (gratuity included)
• Motor coach transportation
• Licensed English speaking Moroccan guide
• JCC escort

To register, by check or credit card: REGISTER HERE

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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