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Judaica Europeana Jewish collections online
Number 8, 2016
Photo of the Venice Ghetto Main Square
Photo of the Ponte delle Guglie, Venice
The Venice Ghetto: 500 years

An impressive programme of exhibitions, conferences, arts projects and performances will mark the 500 years since the establishment of the Ghetto in Venice. Our contribution to this quincentennial is to draw attention to the historic collections integrated by Judaica Europeana in the Europeana portal.


Skeleton detail from the cover of The Rules of the German Jewish Fraternity in Venice.
The collections of the Venice State Archives

The edict of the Venetian Republic of 29 March 1516 proclaimed ‘The Jews must all live together in the Corte de Case, which are in the Ghetto near San Girolamo; and in order to prevent their roaming at night; Let there be built two Gates on the side of the Old Ghetto where there is a little Bridge and likewise on the other side of the Bridge. …' The history of the Jews in Venice goes back a thousand years, but their forcible containment in the Ghetto lasted from 1516-1797. It is a story of segregation, heavy taxation, overcrowding, but also of unique development of Jewish life.


The Rules of the German Jewish Fraternity in Venice, 1713.
Detail of a page from the Book of Receipts
18th century records from the Scola Italiana

The 18th century Book of Receipts from the Ghetto’s Scola Italiana gives an unusual insight into the realities of Jewish life in a relatively neglected period in Venetian Jewish history. It has been made available by the Goldfarb Library at Brandeis University.


18th century Book of Receipts from the Ghetto’s Scola Italiana.
Cherries detail, still life
News in brief

Europeana launches a re-designed portal, Frankfurt University Library embarks on a pioneering project in Jewish studies and Linked Open Data, Jewish Museum in Budapest re-opens


Still life with flowers and fruits [detail] by Peter Binoit at Skokloster Castle, Sweden.
Editor: Lena Stanley-Clamp, Designer: Catriona Sinclair, European Association for Jewish Culture, London
with contributions from the Venice State Archives and the Goldfarb Library at Brandeis University
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