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Live music, belly dancing, sweets planned for Mimuna

The annual Mimuna concert, a Moroccan-style end-of-Passover celebration sponsored by the Weintraub Israel Center and Temple Emanu-El, will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

“We will host two very special musicians for a live performance of the MoroMore group, with Bulgarian musician Anton Shekerjiev and Moroccan ethnic music artist Khalid,” says Guy Gelbart, director of the Weintraub Israel Center.

The Mimuna tradition includes visiting friends and eating pastries to celebrate the return to eating chametz. Jewish immigrants from North Africa brought the celebration to Israel, where it is now a popular national holiday.

Tucson’s Mimuna celebration will also feature Moroccan desserts and “the charming Jessica Walker and her amazing belly-dancing group, Belly Dance Tucson,” says Gelbart, adding, “We will celebrate the end of Pass­over in this Moroccan night’s sweet and magical atmosphere of friendship.”

Admission is $10 in advance for Temple and JCC members; $12 for nonmembers or at the door. Students pay $5 and ages 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, contact Jennifer Ferrell at 577-9393, ext. 133, or israelcenter@jfsa.org.