The Lazama Synagogue is one of several synagogues remaining in the Mellah quarter of the Marrakech medina. To our best knowledge it is the main one and the only one that is open daily to the public. It is certainly the most picturesque and is popular for weddings and b’nai mitzvah among foreign visitors. Other synagogues of note are El Fasiines, Rabbi Pinhas and Bitoun.
The Lazama Synagogue is located on a narrow street, with no signage. You’ll find it marked on tourist maps, but if you have difficulties, local kids will gladly take you there for a small fee. Inside, the courtyard is a striking blue and white, with small garden areas.
The original synagogue on this site was built in 1492, the year the Jews fled from Spain following the Inquisition. The current building was built at the turn of the 20th century.
Adjacent to the Mellah, just a five minute walk from the Lazama Synagogue is the Jewish Cemetery.