Before touring Morocco I was not aware of the large Jewish influences on the history of the country. I was quite surprised to learn that there are Jewish quarters in many of the large cities, including Fes. During our visit to Fes we were taken to the synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Our guide explained that members of the Jewish community in Morocco have been very influential in the past, including standing as elected members of parliament. A plaque in this synagogue listed several local members who had represented the region in parliament.