Reception at the Moroccan Ambassador’s Residence, March 2009

H.E. Moroccan Ambassador Aziz Mekouar hosted a kick-off reception for The Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project on March 18, 2009. All photos courtesy of Aly Z. Ramji.


  • CVJHP Advisory Board members Amb. Vern Penner; Amb. Fatima Veiga; and Executive Board member Amb. Herman J. Cohen
  • CVJHP Advisory Board Member, Dan Mariaschin, Executive V.P. B’nai B’rith
  • Ms. Louise Scott and friends
  • CVJHP Advisory Board members Dan Mariaschin; Amb. Fatima Veiga; Amb. Aziz Mekouar, and Carol Castiel, CVJHP President
  • CVJHP Vice President, John C. Wahnon and Carol Castiel, President
  • CVJHP Vice President John C. Wahnon displaying photos of Jewish ancestors
  • Moroccan Amb. Aziz Mekouar
  • Rabbi Joshua Maroof, speaking about importance of burial grounds in the Jewish tradition
  • Amb. Aziz Mekouar greeting Sylvia Benoliel
  • Amb. Vern Penner and Gwen Zuares
  • CVJHP President Carol Castiel
  • Amb. Aziz Mekouar greeting former Asst. Sec State for Public Affairs, P. J. Crowley
  • Cape Verdean Ambassador Fatima Veiga surrounded by Cape Verdean guests, including Carmen, Jacinto and Dillon Benros
  • Overview of guests at reception at Moroccan Ambassador’s residence
  • CVJHP Advisory Board Member Amb. Joao de Vallera and Carol Castiel