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RABBI SHLOMO IBN DANAN SYNAGOGUE

RABBI SHLOMO IBN DANAN SYNAGOGUE
Fez, Morocco
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BACKGROUND

Fez, home to a flourishing Jewish community during the 17th century, was also the location of two well known temples, Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Danan Synagogue, built and founded by the Ibn Danan family, and the nearby Mansano Synagogue. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The synagogues were closed for services during World War II, and since then have deteriorated. The plaster was peeling, the roofs were collapsing, the waterlogged beams were rotting, and windows were missing and broken in the Ibn Danan Synagogue. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Ibn Danan and Mansano synagogues are located in the cultural, historical, and commercial center of Fez, the Medina. Their central location is a reminder of the diverse cultural forces that shaped Morocco over time. From antiquity through the 19th century, Fez served as a major cultural and economic hub. (...)

VIDEOS
World Monuments FundJewish Islamic Art and Architecture: Spain and North Africa
November, 2012

Through illuminated manuscripts, textiles, and architecture, Dr. Vivian Mann illustrates how Jewish and Muslim cultures shared artistic motifs in Spain and North Africa. As part of her talk, Dr. Mann highlights World Monuments Fund’s conservation project at Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Danan Synagogue in Fez, Morocco, which was completed in 1999. Dr. Mann is the director of the Master’s Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Curator Emerita of the Jewish Museum.