Faithful Convergence in Djerba for Jewish Jew Pilgrimage

AA/Jerba (Tunisia)

Hundreds of Jewish pilgrims from around the world visit the Ghriba synagogue on Wednesday, on the island of Djerba (Regime of the Medenine), a seaside resort located in southeastern Tunisia, to pray, light candles and sing, among other rituals of this annual Keep on coming Jewish procession.

The caretaker, Khodir Hanna, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that as of this afternoon, about 2,000 visitors have arrived in the small, tile-covered synagogue with white and blue columns.

Around 4,000 pilgrims from fifteen countries are expected to attend this inevitable religious event.

The Ghriba pilgrimage is central to the traditions of the Tunisians of Judaism, who number no more than 1,500, who mostly settled in Djerba.

Albert, a 60-year-old French Jew, told AA: “My visit to the Ghara synagogue is very important to me (…) Last year I could not come, but this year I wanted to be there”.

During the first day, pilgrims perform several rituals on the left side of the synagogue, lighting candles and writing their wishes on the egg.

On the right side of the oldest synagogue in Africa, ceremonies take place, marked by gaiety and songs.

The beginning of the Jewish pilgrimage to the poor was given in the presence of the head of government, Najla Bouden, president of the Union of the Poor and the head of the Jewish community of Djerba, Perez Trabelsi, and ex-minister of tourism. René Trabelsi points to a press release from the Presidency of Govt.

On this occasion, Bouden oversaw the security arrangements established to protect the 2,400-year-old site and declared: “The Jewish pilgrimage to Ghara is a major and ancient religious event that shows that Tunisia remains a country of peace and tolerance. , openness and coexistence”.

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For his part, Perez Trabelsi expressed his thanks to the “Tunisian authorities who deployed all means to guarantee the success of this momentous event”.

“The large crowds in the Jewish pilgrimage herald a promising tourist season,” said the head of the Jewish community of Djerba.

*Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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