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Synagogues
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Accomodations
Shabbat Meals
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What to do in Rome
From the Fiumicino FCO airport a driver to Rome will cost you approximately 50 euro, train tickets are approximately 8-16 euro per person.

For a comprehensive tour of Rome book the Jewish tour guides.

There is no Eruv in Rome.

Explore the former Jewish ghetto, Jewish Museum, Great Temple, Trastevere district, Jewish Catacombs, Roman Forum and the Arch of Titus. Visit the Gregorian Egyptian Museum part of the Vatican Museum and Ostia Antica.



History of Jewish Rome
For more than two thousand years Jews have lived in Rome, making it the oldest Jewish community in Europe. Traces of Jewish heritage are embedded throughout the city ranging from the ruins of Roman era synagogues, to ancient catacombs, to the grandiose turn of the century Great Synagogue on the banks of the Tiber.

The Jewish community in Rome dates back to 161 BCE when representatives sought help against Antiochus IV. Many Jews decided to move to Rome because it was a good trade center. After Titus destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the community expanded. Because they predate the division into Sephardic and Ashkenaz (those who went to Moorish Spain and those who went to northern or eastern Europe), the Roman Jews speak neither Landino nor Yiddish. They have their own language that is a mixture of Hebrew and Italian, and their own culture. Of course, when the Sephardic Jews were expelled from Spain by the Catholics in the fifteenth century or when Ashkenaz Jews had to flee their homes, some went to Rome.

In 1555 the Pope issued a decree that forced all Jews to live in a ghetto next to the Tiber River. Not only were Jews restricted to this area and excluded from most jobs. Every Shabbat they had to go to a nearby Catholic church to hear a priest preach conversion at them.

Only during the brief time that the citizens of Rome tried to set up a government separate from the Pope and when Napoleon conquered, were the Jews freed. When Italy was unified in 1870 the Ghetto was finally demolished.

Mussolini again enforced laws excluding Jews from schools and professions, but he did not carry out the genocide of German fascism. However, in 1943 the Germans occupied Italy. When the SS commander arrived in Rome, he told the rabbi that the community could be ransomed for 50 kilos of gold. The Jews frantically collected the gold from all their households and from Christian friends who would help. Two weeks after the 51 kilos were delivered, the SS began its raids, sending about 2091 of the 9,000 Jews in Rome to the death camps. Others hid in the ruins, in places like the Coliseum.

Now there are about 15,000 Jews, they are called Romanim, that’s because Jews trace their Roman roots back to the second century B.C.E., well before the larger Jewish Diaspora.

All Synagogues are Orthodox, which, like other local institutions, are funded by a voluntary tax on the city’s Jews. One thousand children attend the community’s school, which runs from kindergarten to 12th grade. There is also a small yeshiva, which serves to ordain Italian rabbis.

The Romanim keep their own traditions. Like Sephardim, at Passover, they eat not only matzah, but rice. And dating back to medieval days, they play musical instruments in the synagogue for such joyous events as weddings, although not on Shabbat or the High Holy Days.


Informations Points
Chabad Piazza Bologna (Help for visitors/tourists and students)
Via Berengario, 26 - 00161 Rome
+39.06 9436 8049
Responsible: Rabbi Menachem Lazar; Telephone: +39.333 813 0919;

Synagogues
Beth El (Sephardi)
Via Padova 92 - Rome
+39.06.44242857 / 06.4403027
Open All services daily
Responsible: Shalom Tesciuba;
Beth Shmuel (Sephardi)
Via Garfagnana 4/a - Rome
Open Daily Shacharit and Shabbat
Responsible: Lillo Naaman;
Gan Chaya (Italian - Sfardi)
Via Grossi Gondi, 52 - Rome
Open Friday night and Shabbat afternoon services
Responsible: Rabbi Itzchak Hazan;

Kosher Hotels
Bed Breakfast & Cappuccino (Kosher Apartment Hotel)
Via Livorno, 1 - 00162 Rome
Responsible: Simone Ruben;
Cesar Palace (Kosher B&B)
Via Nomentana, 55 - 00161 Rome
Kosher B&B La Casa di Eva (Kosher Bed and Breakfast)
Via Giovanni Mingazzini, 16 - 00161 Rome
Responsible: Eva Gerbi Naccache;
Kosher B&B The Home in Rome (Kosher Bed and Breakfast)
Via Ravenna, 34 - 00161 Rome
Responsible: Eva Gerbi Naccache;
My Guest Roma (Kosher B&B and holiday rental)
Via XXI Aprile, 12 - 00162 Rome
Responsible: Stefano Milano;

Accomodations
Hotel S. Giusto
Piazza Bologna 58 - Rome
Rome Scout Center (Hostel)
Largo dello Scautismo, 1 - Rome

Shabbat Meals
Lisa Kosher (Eat In or Take Away)
Rome
Certification: Rabbi I. Hazan (Chabad), Glatt, Chalav Israel
Responsible: Bino Rubin;
Mazal Tov Mazon (Catering also for groups and delivery Service in the whole Italy)
Rome
Certification: Rabbi Itzchak Hazan (Chabad), Glatt
Responsible: Maier Babani;
Shabbat Meal with Chabad
Rome
Responsible: Rabbi Menachem Lazar;

Kosher Restaurants
BaGhetto (Oriental Meat Restaurant)
via Livorno 8/10 - Rome
+39.06.4404840
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Flour (Cafč, Bakery and Restaurant)
Via Padova 78 - Rome
+39.06.44236816
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Chalav Israel on request
Little Tripoli (Meat)
Via Polesine, 16 - 00161 Rome
+39.0664220481
Certification: Beth Din Rome & Rabbi Itzchak Hazan (Chabad), Glatt
Open Daily
Responsible: Maier Bendaud; Telephone: +39.338.3071745; Email:

Kosher Eateries
Fonzie (The Burger's House)
Via Catanzaro, 33 - Rome
+39.0644243654
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Mondo di Laura (Cookie factory)
Via Tiburtina, 263 - Rome
+39.065880966
Certification: Beth Din of Rome
Open 8:30 am - 7:30 pm Friday: 8:30 am - 3 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Responsible: Laura Raccah;

Kosher Stores
Babani Ben David (Meat Store)
Via Lorenzo il Magnifico, 70 - Rome
+39.06.44243959
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Carrefour Market 24H (Kosher section)
Via XXI Aprile, 23 - Rome
Open 24/7
Da Zakino
Via Cremona 48a - Rome
+39.0644290570
Responsible: Zakino Hadoug;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Products, Meat and Fast Food)
Via Giacomo Boni, 18 - Rome
+39.06.44254461
Certification: Beth Din Rome

Kosher Caterings
Il Dolce Forno di Giada (Bakery by Delivery)
Rome
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Giada Naccache;

Jewish Attractions
Pesach Sedarim (Hebrew and English)
Rome
Open The first and second night of Pesach.
Responsible: Rabbi Menachem Lazar;
Public Chanukah Menorah (Chabad Piazza Bologna)
Piazza Bologna - Rome
Open During Chanukah

Jewish Schools
Gan Chaya (Nursery)
Via Grossi Gondi, 52 - Rome
+39.06 9521 5910

Jewish Cemeteries
Verano
Via Tiburtina - Rome
Open Daily

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