Ifrane (of the Anti-Atlas; also Ifran, Oufrane)
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Located in the Anti-Atlas Mountains in the  southwestern Sous region, the town of Ifrane (from Berb. ifri, cave), called Oufrane by Jews, was, according to Moroccan Jewish tradition, home to the oldest continuously existing Jewish community in Morocco. Legend recounted that its origin ultimately went back to escapees from Jerusalem after the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E.  Over the years their descendants moved across Egypt and North Africa in search of a home. They eventually settled in Wadi Oufrane in 361 B.C.E. af…

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Daniel Schroeter, “Ifrane (of the Anti-Atlas; also Ifran, Oufrane)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 April 2017
First published online: 2010



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