Your passport to exploring over 2,500 years
of Jewish heritage across the Near East.

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Border guards, plane tickets, and security concerns don’t exist inside Diarna’s unique digital tour. Instead, join a multimedia journey to the region’s captivating yet rarely-visited Jewish heritage sites, from Saharan outposts in southern Morocco to remote Kurdish villages in Iran, to epic sites in the Arabian Peninsula.

[Note: This website is an archive. Click here to enter the new Diarna Geo-Museum.]

Images of Sites in Diarna’s Google Earth Layer

Diarna, “Our Homes” in Judeo-Arabic, is a project dedicated to virtually preserving Mizrahi (“Eastern”) Jewish history through the lens of physical location. Satellite imagery, photographs, videos, oral history, and even three-dimensional models offer a unique digital window onto sites and communities disappearing before our very eyes. As structures decay and the last generation to live in these locations passes on, we are in a race against time to preserve priceless cultural treasures.

Four ways to begin your journey:

  • View Diarna’s Media Gallery, including video tours of the Jewish cemetery in Khartoum, Sudan and the ancient synagogue in Oufrane, Morocco.
  • Download a sample Diarna Google Earth tour layer, featuring sites in Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Iraq.
  • Make a Virtual Pilgramage to Moroccan Anti-Atlas Mountain Shrines
  • Tour a 3-D Reconstruction of the Magen Avraham Synagogue in Beirut, Lebanon