The Rome Lab, Study Center for the History of Rome’s Jews, Opens in New York on September 14, 2017

(Centro Primo Levi Press Release): On September 14th, 2017, the Centro Primo Levi and the Jewish Museum of Rome will open a learning space, the Rome Lab, dedicated to the history of the Roman Jews and of the twenty-two centuries relations between Rome and Jerusalem. The Rome Lab, located in the Selz Gallery at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street will offer weekly presentations through January 14th 2018. The public, students and scholars are welcome to join and participate in the conversation. All programs are free. Check the calendar and join us at the Lab!

The project initiated at the invitation of Yeshiva University Museum, is designed to respond to and converse with the exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, which explores the Arch of Titus as symbol of continuity and rupture in the history of the Jewish people and state sovereignty. In the year 70 C.E., when Roman troops raided Jerusalem destroying the Second Temple and taking its treasures and the legendary golden menorah to Rome, a new era began. From then, the Jewish diaspora born with the Babylonian exile, was presented with a new gravitational center of Jewish life: Rome.

The Rome Lab, consisting of a semester long series of presentations, will be open daily offering a window onto the history, culture and traditions of Roman Jews through the virtual mapping of the collections of the Jewish Museum and the Historical Archive of the Rome Jewish Community. It will be a unique occasion to explore extraordinary documents and liturgical objects that testify to twenty-two centuries of uninterrupted history.

Programming will start on September 14th, with a session with Rav Alberto Funaro, teacher and cantor of the Spanish Temple in Rome.

We hope to see you there!
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The Rome Lab is held in collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Rome, the Historical Archive of the Jewish Community of Rome, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, the Università di Roma La Sapienza, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Italy, the Jewish Community of Rome, Yeshiva University Museum, the American Sephardi Federation, and the Center for Jewish History. With support from: The Viterbi Family, the Cahnman Foundation, Peter S. Kalikow, the Slovin Family Foundation, Claude Ghez, the Italian Tourism Board ENIT, the David Berg Foundation and Lice Ghilardi.