Jewish community in Djerba

Jewish community in Djerba
  • 16 April 2020

The Tunisian Jewish community in the island of Djerba in Tunisia is a very conservative community. The Jewish community in Tunisia are around 1500 persons, must of them, around 1200 are living in Djerba. 

To film in Tunisia you need a film permit. It allowed you to film in all the cities specified in this permit. 

Film crew Jewish Tunisia
Foreign film crew filming in the Ghriba synagogue in Djerba about the Jewish community Tunisia.

Security and police

Otherwise a permanent police checkpoint is based in the 2 mains entrance of the Jewish area in Djerba and you will be controlled every time you enter the area. So you need to put this in your schedule.

The must important Jewish area in Djerba is the Hara Kebira “Greater Neighborhood”, with the Jewish school, kosher restaurants, kosher public oven. The jewelry shops in Houmt Souk, the capitol of Djerba Island. The Ghriba synagogue, the first synagogue built out of Jerusalem. 

The religious events

The must important Jewish event in Tunisia and specially in Djerba is the Ghriba annuel pilgrimage it happens around May. 

It’s a very important message of peace, where Tunisian Muslims and Jewish coming from all around the world for this event celebrate the Ghriba visit. 

Filming Shabbat in Harra Kbira in Djerba is very unique. It’s a kind of « curfew », you will see some person walking around the city. The preparation of Shabbat is also a great moment where you see all the families preparing the food and bread and bringing it to the bakeries. 

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