Video: El Ghriba Festival In Djerba, Tunisia, Historic Home Of Ancient Jews

By Joe Kennedy Published: February 21, 2017, 8:01 am
El Ghriba FestivalA tourist visits El Ghriba, the oldest synagogue in Africa, on the Island of Djerba, southern Tunisia, 2015. Photo: Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP

Jews who hail from Tunisia travel each year to the island of Djerba to celebrate Lag B’Omer. The holiday celebrates a 2nd century rabbi who revealed secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar (Book of Splendor), a text of Jewish mysticism. The historic home of an ancient Jewish community, Djerba is considered a bastion of religious tolerance in the Middle East. The El Ghriba Festival showcases this. This video by Pilot Girl Productions takes you to El Ghriba, oldest Synagogue in Africa, named for a woman of the community who was considered a saint. This is one of the only places in the world where Jews can come from around the world to meet in an Arab country.

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