A Virtual Tour of Jewish Rome

January 9, 2022, 1:00 am

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with Sara Pavoncello

Participants will learn about the history of the Jewish Community of Rome, the oldest in Europe, from its beginning in 161 BCE to modern times. Using pictures, maps and videos, Sara will speak about the bond between Jerusalem and the Colosseum, about the Ghetto that started in 1555 and ended just in 1870. She will explain how this terrible experience affected life and traditions of the Jews of Rome in both good and bad way. A special focus will be about the Shoah, the Nazi occupation, and how her family and other community members survived. We will learn about typical Jewish Roman traditions such as delicious Kosher recipes, the Giudaico Romanesco (their unique language) and the origin of some of the typical Jewish Roman last names.