The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein arrived in Morocco this week to celebrate the wonderful friendship between the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities there and to distribute food boxes to the needy.
Yael spent her first day touring the city of Casablanca and learning more about their religious communities. She also attended an interfaith event to celebrate the unity and brotherhood that exists between people of many faiths.
“The local Muslims here in the Moroccan community indeed do love their Christian and Jewish neighbors. Jews are safe here. Christians are safe here,” said Yael.
While most countries in the Middle East treat their Jewish and Christian communities with disrespect and persecution, Morocco actually protects their Jewish and Christian residents – welcoming them with open arms.
In fact, during World War II, when the Nazis asked the Moroccan king to round up the Jews living in his kingdom, he denied their request. He didn’t want to send any Jews to their deaths and instead protected the Moroccan Jewish community.
Today, this partnership continues. In Morocco, anti-Semitism isn’t tolerated and all the monotheistic faiths – Jews, Christians, and Muslims – consider each other friends. To celebrate this unity, Yael is delivering food boxes to needy Muslims so they have food to break their Ramadan fast.
We hope to see the partnership between all faiths continue to grow in Morocco!
Learn about Yael’s inspiration for her bridge-building work in Rabbi Eckstein’s biography, The Bridge Builder.