Symposium: The Ghetto, Venice, and the Jews: A Historical Journey

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Tefillin Bag, Italy, 18th century. The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Paola Soria Sereni, 1990-39

Upper E Side

The Jewish Museum | 1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street

Sunday, February 19, 2017
2 – 6 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Founded in 1516, Venice’s Jewish ghetto marked the first instance of urban segregation in Western history and has since emerged as a universal metaphor of oppression and resilience. This roundtable of prominent scholars invites the public to look at the Venetian Republic through the eyes of its Jewish minority, and to imagine a time when the concepts of nation-state, citizenship, and identity were yet unformed. For more information visit.

Speakers: Cristiana Facchini (University of Bologna), Evelien Chayes (University of Amsterdam and the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III), Martina Massaro (Università Iuav, Venezia), Giuseppe Veltri (University of Hamburg), Francesco Spagnolo (University of Berkely, California)

After the panel, Rav Elia Richetti, renowned cantor and connoisseurs of the Italian Jewish traditions, will accompany the public through a journey into the Venetian Jewish liturgy.

Presented by the Centro Primo Levi in partnership with New York University, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò as part of La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic organized by Carnegie Hall.

This program is made possibile through the generous contributions of the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, Peter S. Kalikow, the Cahnman Foundation with additional support from the David Berg Foundation.

Tickets: $12 General; $8 Seniors and Jewish Museum, Centro Primo Levi, and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò Members; Free for students with ID