The 10th Annual Festival of Jewish Literature and Culture in Rome coincides in 2017 with Italy's celebration of the 18th Annual European Day of Jewish Culture on September 10th. A number of events provide insight into Rome's ancient Jews, including special hours for the Jewish Museum of Rome, which displays casts of epitaphs and other Jewish artifacts, and a tour of a synagogue at Ostia Antica.
Rome's main temple and Jewish Museum on the Tiber are open for free on Saturday, September 9, after sundown, from 9:30 p.m. - 1:15 a.m. and Sunday, September 10, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Temple hall from 10 - 11:10 a.m. & 12:30 - 3 p.m.).
On Sunday, September 10, at 12:30, Prof. Giacomo Moscati will lead a tour of an ancient synagogue at Ostia Antica, one of the earliest known sites for Jewish ritual in Europe. Transportation for a small fee is provided from Rome, departing from outside the Temple at 11:15. Space is limited: to reserve, please call 347 3309710.
Also on Sunday, at 7 p.m., the Director of the Jewish Community of Rome's Cultural Department, Dr. Claudio Procaccia, moderates the conference "Gerusalemme/Roma/Gerusalemme: Culture, storie e tradizioni ebraiche a Roma" at the Palazzo della Cultura, Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 71, with guests Rav. Riccardo Di Segni, Claudia Fellus, Gabriella Yael Franzone, Giulia Mafai, Nicolò (Miki) Sagi Schlesinger.
Another panel on the Jewish communities in Italy's southern regions is scheduled at the Palazzo della Cultura in Rome's historic Jewish Quarter on Monday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. Speakers include Simonetta Agnello Hornby, Pierpaolo Pinhas Punturello, and Francesa Nocerino.
For more information about these events in Rome, please contact Rome's Centro di Cultura Ebraica at tel. 06.5897589; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rome is not the only place in Italy where ancient and medieval Jewish history will be on display. Sicily, Campania, and Calabria all are hosting special events on September 10, with site visits, lectures, and shows.
Photo: Lapidary Collection, Jewish Museum of Rome.