The Jerusalem Italian Jews Association

The Jerusalem Italian Jews Association is a non-profit organisation founded in 1982 with the aim of preserving the age-old spiritual culture of Italian Jewry and spreading it into Israeli society. Besides that, it was also founded to manage the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art, whose outstanding collection focuses on objects of the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Italy and also to operate the Conegliano Veneto Synagogue. Housed in the former Schmidt Compound’s building in the heart of Jerusalem, the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art is one of Jerusalem’s most precious possessions. Founded in 1981, it was set up to collect, preserve and display objects pertaining to Jewish life in Italy from the Middle Ages through the present. In addition to the permanent collection, a number of temporary exhibits are held throughout the year covering a wide range of topics related to Italian Jewry, as well as conferences, concerts and guided tours suitable for all ages and interests. The Museum also houses workshops for the conservation and the restoration of the wooden and textile pieces in the collection, as well a Research Institute of Italian Jewry which includes a specialised library and a collection of old photographs that document the life of Jewish communities in Italy more than one hundred years ago. The main attraction is the 18th century synagogue of Conegliano Veneto, a small town sixty kilometers from Venice. The synagogue, totally abandoned and destined to destruction, was transferred to Jerusalem in 1952 by an exciting "rescue operation". Its unique feature is that it is both a house of worship and at the same time an integral part of the Museum. Along with the Museum and its various cultural activities, the synagogue has become the spiritual centre of both secular and religious Jews of Italian origin. Services are held regularly on the Sabbath and Jewish Holidays according to the ancient "Minhag Bnei Roma", which is one of the most ancient rituals in Judaism, closely related to that prevailing in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple period.

Address: 27, Hillel Street, Jerusalem 94581, Israel.

Tel.: +972-2-6241-610 Fax: +972-2-6253-480


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