Musings on Morocco

Thanks to a generous and thoughtful grant from Brown’s Office for International Programs and Dean of the College, I have the opportunity to spend two weeks this winter break in Rabat, Morocco with the lovely and talented Felice Feit ’14. We’ll be meeting with community leaders and NGO representatives and will try to better understand some of the social, political, and economic pressures in the country in order to complement the research we both already did in France. I’m particularly focused on studying the country’s remaining Jewish population and the reasons that so many Jews have immigrated to France, Israel, and Canada.

 

Stay tuned for updates on the adventures and discoveries this little sojourn throws our way!

 

Location

rabat
Morocco
  • Sarah Forman | January 9th, 2013
    Almost as soon as I stepped out of the Rabat airport on a pleasantly warm Thursday evening two weeks ago, I entered into a bit of banter with a cab driver that frequently repeated itself in the following days.   “Where are you going?” he said...
  • Sarah Forman | January 8th, 2013
    People had warned me that Moroccans would be generally kind and helpful before I showed up in the country. But I don’t think any kind of forewarning could have prepared me for the overwhelming offers of hospitality and generosity that Moroccans have...
  • Sarah Forman | January 2nd, 2013
      I didn't realize how skeevy I looked until after the fact.   I had a meeting at one of Casblanca's Jewish Community Centers this morning, and I got there a few minutes early (thanks to a frighteningly quick taxi drive). Since it was...
  • Sarah Forman | January 2nd, 2013
      On the last day of 2012, in honor of of a few months of international travel and lots of religious exploration, I sprang for what'll probably be the most expensive lunch I'll eat in Morocco during this sojourn. At a snazzy Kosher restaurant...
  • Sarah Forman | December 30th, 2012
    The main synagogue in Rabat is pretty nondescript. It’s a nice-looking white building with a wide staircase in a comfortable area of town. Though there’s a small mezuzah on the front door that easily blends into the dark colored molding, nothing...