How did the Jewish community find its place in Marseille?

Marseille is one of the largest cities in France with quite an interesting religious history. Although this has not always been the case, it is considered very welcoming to foreign communities. This is no doubt why the Jewish community had no real difficulty in finding its place there.

Marseille, a cosmopolitan city that welcomes diversity


Cosmopolitanism is a principle that consists of the coexistence of several different communities in the same space. You should know that Marseille was, in the early 1970s, after decolonization, a purely racist city. It was in the late 1980s that she became more tolerant of anything foreign.

It was a change that was generally prompted by the development of trade in the region. Several traders of different ethnicities came and settled to carry out their commercial activities. Thus, cohabitation between various religions quickly took hold.

Since then, several communities, including the Jewish one, have made a place for themselves while developing in the city. Also, the latter actively participated in the construction of the city of Marseille.

A close-knit and open community


two paper characters clapping hands in solidarity

Zvi Ammar is a great man with a big heart who positively marked the history of the Jewish community in Marseille. Indeed, he was the president of the regional consistory. In addition, he was president of the peripheral communities and, later, president of the Jewish community.

As such, this religious man has carried out several actions aimed at consolidating the links between religions. This allowed easy cohabitation between Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and even Buddhists.

Zvi Ammar lived daily with his community, so was aware of the various problems. Thus, he was able to set up a system of dialogue open to all. It is thanks to his wisdom that the Jewish community has remained united, while being open to others.

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