Chizuk Amuno Congregation
Jewish Journey to Morocco

Led by Rabbi Joshua Z. Gruenberg

Nov 26, 2023 - Dec 5, 2023

  • DESTINATION Morocco
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 10 DAYS
  • Group Size 30+
  • Price From $5,245
Program is tentative and subject to change. Connect with our Customer Care Team by calling: (888) 230-6008 Mon.-Thur. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

YOUR journey

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service.

Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

By clicking on the “show more” button below the program outline you will be able to view the detailed program.

*Registration is now closed and the journey is full. We encourage you to call or e-mail Carly Schwartz [email protected] and add yourself to the waitlist.

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Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON THE WAY
Sun. Nov 26, 2023
  • Depart the USA.
DAY 2
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
Mon. Nov 27, 2023
  • Arrive at Casablanca International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel (rooms will be ready as of 3:00 p.m.).
  • 5:50 p.m. In the lobby, meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Welcome orientation at the hotel with your tour educator.
  • Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Casablanca, Morocco Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
GIANT MOSQUES & ANCIENT RUINS
Tue. Nov 28, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by checkout.
  • Visit the famous Mosque of Hassan II, one of the largest mosques in the world.
  • Visit the Temple Beth – El, Casablanca's “main” and very much active congregation.
  • Guided visit through the Arab world's only Jewish museum, the Museum of the Jews of Morocco, and enjoy a glimpse at the rich and colorful world of Moroccan Jewry.
  • Packed lunch, en route.
  • Continue to Fes, the most extensive medieval city in the Arab world, and the home of Jewish scholars and rabbis for hundreds of years.
  • Check into the hotel, followed by dinner.
Overnight: Fes, Morocco Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner
DAY 4
MYSTERIES
Wed. Nov 29, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy glorious views of Fes and its Medina (Walled City) from the Borj Sud.
  • Travel through time as we explore the long Jewish presence in Fes. Our tour will include:
    • The recently-restored Ibn Danan Synagogue, one of the oldest and most important synagogues in North Africa.
    • The El Fassiyin Synagogue, which fell into disrepair and was used as a boxing ring and carpet factory until it was recently restored with support from overseas funders and the Moroccan government.
    • The Fes Jewish cemetery where we’ll hear stories of some of the city’s legendary rabbis buried here.
  • Fes’s Medina is a dense maze of alleyways and streets and the largest car-free pedestrian zone in the world. The visit includes:
    • A glimpse of local craftsmen at work in their shops as they weave, embroider, carve, and chisel using ancient techniques.
    • A tour of the Madrasa Bou Inania (Islamic religious college established in 1351). It is one of the few Islamic sites in Morocco accessible to non-Muslim visitors.
  • Lunch at our Riad before continuing on our tour:
    • Take a look at an ancient center of scholarship. The University of Al-Karaouine is believed to be the oldest continuously operating university in the world. Non-Muslims can view it only from the outside.
    • Fes is also known for its leather goods and the tanneries that provide its distinctive smell. We’ll visit the Chouara Tannery where traditional ways of making leather are still practiced.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Fes, Morocco Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 5
ROYAL RABAT
Thu. Nov 30, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by checkout.
  • Depart for Rabat, Morocco’s capital. Our tour of Morocco’s royal capital will allow us to experience the huge role, historically and currently, that the king plays in Moroccan life.
  • We’ll walk around the walls of Rabat’s Royal Palace, the primary (although certainly not the only) residence of the current king Mohammad VI. We’ll also visit the mausoleum of his father, Hassan II, who ruled over Morocco during the so-called “Years of Lead”. It was during Hassan’s reign that most of the country’s Jews migrated to Israel, Canada, and France.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Explore the markets, jewelry stores, and grand old diplomatic complexes of Rabat’s Medina (Walled City).
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Meet students from Association Mimouna, an organization of Muslim students who honor the country’s Jewish traditions and promote Jewish-Muslim friendship.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Rabat, Morocco Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
MARRAKECH - ONE SENSE AT A TIME
Fri. Dec 1, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by checkout.
  • Depart and drive to Marrakech.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Spend time in the French Quarter and visit the enchanting Majorelle Garden of the French painter and botanist Jacques Majorelle and wander by paths and sparkling pools shaded by gorgeous trees and plants from around the world.
  • Continue to the Yves St. Laurent Museum, which showcases the haute couture culture and accessories of this legendary French fashion designer, who lived for many years in Marrakech.
  • Check into the hotel with time to freshen up and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Beth El Synagogue.
  • Private Shabbat dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Marrakech, Morocco Meals: Breakfast & Shabbat Dinner
DAY 7
SHABBAT
Sat. Dec 2, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • We’ll tour the Medina (Walled City) of Marrakech, also known as the Red City for the red walls that surround it. Highlights of the tour include:
    • The Dar El Bacha Palace.
    • The Madrasa Ben Youssef, a 16th-century Moroccan architectural gem.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Explore Djemaa El Fna Square, an enormous marketplace, which is one of Africa’s most astonishing sites. According to one theory, its name means an assembly of the dead and refers to the public executions that used to take place here. However, this is a place teeming with life. Enjoy a daily carnival of snake charmers, street vendors, musicians, and storytellers.
  • At nightfall, we will mark the end of a special Shabbat with a communal Havdallah ceremony.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Marrakech, Morocco Meals: Breakfast
DAY 8
CITY OF MANY LAYERS
Sun. Dec 3, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Dialogue with an English professor and a local Imam and discuss the role of the Imam in Moroccan society.
  • Explore the Mellah (Jewish quarter) of Marrakech, with a chance to visit:
    • The Slat el Azama Synagogue. Although few, if any, Jews now live in the Mellah, this synagogue is still active.
    • The Jewish Cemetery of Marrakech.
  • Savor the flavors, spices, and foods of Morocco in a cooking workshop at a women’s cooperative and enjoy a sumptuous lunch of your own making.
  • Free time to explore Marrakech’s enormous marketplace on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Marrakech, Morocco Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 9
BERBER LIFE IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Mon. Dec 4, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy a spectacularly different view of Morocco in the lush and dramatic Atlas landscapes of the Ourika Valley for an unforgettable Berber experience and an eye-opening, hands-on adventure.
  • Experience the world of the Berbers, an indigenous people of North Africa, in the village of Agounsane. Explore this remote village and visit the charity preschool center where the local children are educated.
  • Find out about the local economy and learn about changes and continuity in the Berber way of life as you walk through the farmed terraces to see the ancient irrigation system and the subsistence farming methods.
  • Get your hands stuck into wet clay in a ceramics workshop and try weaving a colorful kilim with the local women.
  • See the traditional method of baking bread and try your own hand at this ancient skill.
  • Afterward, sit down for a Berber lunch including tajine dishes, the slow-cooked savory stews that for centuries have been the taste of North Africa.
  • Return to Marrakech after a stunning day in the Atlas Mountains.
  • Our farewell to Morocco dinner will include the chance to share experiences and discoveries that have inspired us during our journey.
Overnight: Marrakech, Morocco Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 10
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Tue. Dec 5, 2023
  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by checkout.
  • Return flight to the USA.
Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
30+
Cost p/p in double room
$5,245
Cost p/p in single room
$6,565

Casablanca: Hyatt Regency

Fes: Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace

Rabat: Tour Hassan Palace

Marrakech: Sofitel

What to expect

  • 8 nights' accommodations.
  • 8 days of touring with an English-speaking local guide and J² tour educator, 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 packed lunch & 4 dinners.
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • All gratuities.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Morocco.
  • Early check-in in Casablanca (Rooms are available for check in from 3:00 p.m.).
  • Airport transfers.
  • Bus on Shabbat
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
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  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 90 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
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  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
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