Here’s a recent blog post for SBS News on Tunisia’s Jewish community and the Ghriba festival of Djerba.
‘My son moved away to France, all of the young people did’, the lady showing me around Tunis’s huge Synagogue tells me.
‘How would they find someone to marry here?’
Amid the enormous art deco building heavily guarded day and night, it was a reminder of how the Jewish population of Tunisia has seen its population shrink in the twentieth century.
We sat in a small antechamber where today’s ceremonies are held; there are only a few hundred Jews left in Tunis; down from a national population of perhaps a hundred thousand at the time of the creation of Israel. Many have headed there, and to France.
I visit the Synagogue in the morning before heading down to the island of Djerba for the famed Jewish Ghriba pilgrimage.