Djerba to welcome nearly 7,000 visitors during annual Jewish pilgrimage to El Ghriba synagogue

The island of Djerba is expected to welcome nearly 7,000 visitors on the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the El Ghriba synagogue, which begins on Thursday evening, said former Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, Rene Trabelsi. In a statement to TAP news agency, Trabelsi added that this number will exceed the one recorded last year which saw 4,000 visitors. He added that hotel units are fully booked and all the security and logistical conditions are in place, especially in terms of air transport. This season will see an exceptional number of visitors from the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as a significant number from France, Italy and Tunisia, according to travel agencies,Trabelsi pointed out. The annual Jewish pilgrimage to the El Ghriba synagogue in Djerba will run until May 9, 2023. The Kharja that will mark the end of the pilgrimage will be May 8 and 9 May 2023. Trabelsi stressed the importance of the pilgrimage to El Ghriba in creating an economic dynamic on the island of Djerba and in the various Tunisian regions. The El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba is the oldest synagogue in Africa and one of the oldest in the world (2600 years old). It is one of the 31 sites and monuments included in the nomination of the island of Djerba as a World Heritage Site. The annual pilgrimage to the El Ghriba synagogue is an opportunity for cultural exchange, peace and coexistence.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse