MembersDiscovering Jewish Moroccan Culture in Israel

Moroccan Jews have had a bigger impact on the success of the State of Israel than many people realize

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: diaspora, Morocco
Photo: Nati Shohat/FLASH90

In the city of Netanya, Marrakesh, a beautiful Moroccan restaurant that is reminiscent of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, is set against a glorious view of the Mediterranean Sea and a lovely fountain, complete with a waterfall, fish and lily pads. Inside of the restaurant, one can recline on Moroccan style chairs, which rest nicely on top of Arabian rugs, while dining on the finest Moroccan cuisine that the city of Netanya has to offer.

Jazelle, the owner and chef of the Marrakesh Restaurant, related in an exclusive interview with Israel Today that her restaurant has existed for 17 years: “I started this restaurant because I was looking for a way to finance myself. My husband said that I cook well, so that is how I ended up becoming a chef and the owner of this restaurant. We own the business together now.”

According to Jazelle, “This is food that we grew up on. Couscous is something that we eat all the time. We make it ourselves from scratch with...

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