The Jews of Italy

Spring 2019

Monday 12.30–2.45pm
Monday 7.15–9.30pm
From: 28 October 2019
To: 23 December 2019
Paul Forgasz
7 week course (October 28, November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16)

The Jewish connection to Italy stretches back into antiquity, but the Italian Jewish narrative doesn’t fit neatly into diaspora divisions; there are maps of the Jewish world in which Italy is depicted as a distinctive sub-culture.

The Jews of Italy were able to straddle two worlds – living within the boundaries of a thoroughly traditional Jewish life while simultaneously taking from and contributing to the cultural and intellectual traditions of the wider society of which they were a part, and unlike other Jewish communities which came under Nazi occupation, a remarkably large number of Italian Jews survived the Holocaust.

In this seven-week course, we will explore the long history and variegated cultural heritage of the Jews of Italy.

This short course is part of the Primo Levi: Writer, Witness, Scientist: Italian and Jewish Organisations Unite to Celebrate Life centenary program presented with CO.AS.IT, the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne and Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Image: Livorno Haggadah, 1847, Italy.

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Early bird (until 7 October 2019)
$220 Museum Member
$250 Non-member


General (until 28 October 2019)
$240 Museum member
$270 Non-member
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