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The North African Jewish heritage

The Worldwide North Africa Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem exhibits the culture that is common to the Muslims and to the Jews of North Africa, while the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra Ashdod creates a connecting link between Jews and Arabs. 

Jerusalem, The Worldwide North Africa Jewish Heritage Center, established in 1854 by Rabbi David Ben Shimon, is located in the Mughrabi neighborhood of Jerusalem, known also as Mamilla, in the center of a stunning garden with authentic Moroccan design.

The Center offers exhibitions showing the extraordinary history and heritage of the Jews communities of North Africa. The crown of the center is an audio-visual presentation, that include documents, movies, music, bibliography, and pictures telling the thrilling narrative of the Jewish communities in Morocco, Algeria and Tunis.

Andalusian music arrived in Israel with the immigrants from North Africa in the late 1950s and early 60s. The Israel Andalusian Orchestra founded in Ashdod includes both musicians trained in Western classical music and musicians playing traditional instruments, including the oud, the mandolin and the darbuka.

The Israeli Andalusian Orchestra was the first in the world to apply Western musical notation to ancient Andalusian music, to document and record this centuries-old music in new orchestral arrangements. In 2006, the orchestra was awarded the Israel Prize, for its lifetime achievement and special contribution to Israeli society.

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