A Virtual Walking Tour of Jewish Venice

April 3, 2022, 2:00 pm

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Passports not required!

The ancient Jewish ghetto in Venice is in the Cannaregio district, one of the most authentic Venetian areas in the city, and yet quite unknown to tourists. In a multicultural and multiethnic city, as Venice was, in an area far away from the center of power, the Jewish ghetto was born in 1516. We will try to understand what distinguished this area from all other Jewish quarters in Europe at that time as well as learn the history of the Venetian Jewish community till nowadays.

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Luisella Romeo lives and works in Venice, where her family has lived since the mid 1700s. She has been a registered tourist guide since 2000. She finds the history as well as the present time of her city very fascinating and loves narrating the stories of Venice with some sense of humor, too! After graduating in North American Literature and Language, she received a scholarship from UC Berkeley and a travel grant from the Fulbright program to continue my studies there. There, the first man I met became my (Italian) husband! She loves traveling but, in the end, always wanted to come back to Venice and is very happy to be able to show Venice to visitors.

Program Partners
Adath Shalom, Parsippany, NJ
Columbia Jewish Congregation, Columbia, MD
Congregation Ahavat Olam, Howell, NJ
Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford, CT
Congregation Torat-El, Oakhurst, NJ
East Brunswick Jewish Center, East Brunswick, NJ
Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT
HPCT – CAE, Highland Park, NJ
Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, Houston, TX
JCC of Paramus-Congregation Beth Tikvah, Paramus, NJ
Temple Beth Shalom, Manalapan, NJ