At a presentation on the Jews of Cape Verde, a US Sephardic synagogue thanked the King of Morocco for investing in the restoration of hundreds of Jewish sites. Without his help, Jewish heritage will be crumbling and cemeteries left derelict. The North Africa Post reports: (With thanks: Malca):
A mosaic Menorah testifies to an ancient Jewish presence in the Cape Verde Islands (photo: Cape Verde Heritage project)
The Sephardic Synagogue Magen David in Washington expressed its gratitude to King Mohammed VI for launching a restoration project of cemeteries of Moroccan-born Jews.
A ceremony was organized by the Synagogue during which participants lauded the lofty actions of the King to preserve the Moroccan Jewish heritage at home and abroad.
The event was attended by Chairwoman of “Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project (CVJFP), Carol Castiel who told the press that “without this contribution in 2011, this project would never have been possible.”
Castiel also recalled that in June 2015, a Jews delegation from Cape Verde made a trip to the country of their ancestors, Morocco, on the initiative of the ministry of Moroccans living abroad and Migration Affairs.