Lessons from a Diversity Conference

Update: In June 2018, I left Morocco looking for new challenges and growth opportunities. In July 2018, I began my journey as a Spanish and Social Studies Teacher serving African American middle school girls in southeast Washington, D.C.  On February 5, five seventh graders and I attended “Be Seen. Be Heard: A Middle School Diversity... Continue Reading →

A Poem Inspired by Eid al Adha

This year, I had the opportunity to witness the Moroccan Eid al Adha rituals in their entirety, including the slaughter and butchering of a sheep. On Friday, my student invited me to his house to celebrate the holiday with his family. The images of that day were to me simply beautiful, and they inspired me... Continue Reading →

One of my favorite things about Ramadan in Morocco is the custom of sharing food with your neighbors. This week, my neighbor has shown up at my door with delicious food 3 times! It's amazing that even on nights when I am not invited for ftour (breakfast meal) at someone's house, people still manage to... Continue Reading →

5 Reasons Why I’m Fasting on Ramadan

"You're fasting?" My twenty-something student shot me an incredulous glance before diverting his eyes back to the road. He had offered to drive me to Marjan, a sort of Moroccan Walmart which sits on the outskirts of the city. We set out at 4pm in the afternoon, just a few hours before ftoor, the meal... Continue Reading →

My neighbor brought me traditional food to celebrate Eid Mawlid Nebawi al Sharif (the prophet’s birthday). ❤️❤️❤️

What I Learned About Headscarves

After leaving the hammam (bathhouse), the matron put a scarf over my wet hair so I wouldn’t catch a cold. In the west, headscarves have a strong religious and political connotation. However, in Morocco, they are ubiquitous and serve many purposes: from shielding a lady from a sandstorm to adding a cute accessory to finish... Continue Reading →

This "djellaba" is the dress traditionally worn by Moroccan women when they leave the house. My student's mom made this for me as a gift. Is is very comfortable and flattering!

Jewish-Muslim Solidarity

I had the opportunity to attend the Moroccan Jewish University, a weekend of learning about Moroccan Jewish history and culture sponsored by the Mimouna Association, a Moroccan NGO which works to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims.

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