Discover Rome’s Jewish Soul on September 4: Dances, Music, Temples & Catacombs!

Discover Rome’s Jewish Soul on September 4: Dances, Music, Temples & Catacombs!

This Sunday, September 4, is the European Day of Jewish Culture and Rome, where two thirds of the Italian Jews live has a very interesting program and some one-off happenings. All events are free, but some require a phone booking.


A very short historical note before we review Sunday’s appointments. Just to say that the Jewish community here in Rome is 2,000 years old, which means that it is one of the major elements of the city’s identity. And you can also easily see it in our local cuisine which has a very strong Jewish influence. Rome’s Jewish landmarks are at the very center of the history of the Eternal city.


The Jewish community’s most important centre is the main Synagogue, in Lungotevere Cenci. From 10am to 6pm there will be guided tours (in English and Italian) in the temple and in the local community’s museum, with plenty of ancient clothes, marbles, silver objects and documents.

From the same place at the same time there will be guided tours of the Ghetto and of the key Jewish history’s places in Trastevere (in English and Italian).

From 10am to 6pm there will also be some traditional book and craft stands near the Temple.


In piazza San Bartolomeo all’Isola 24 there is another temple, the young one, also called Panzieri-Fatucci, that you can see with a guided tour from 10am to 1:30pm.


Another very important Synagogue, Europe’s most ancient, is in Ostia Antica. At 11:30am there will be a guided tour of this temple, followed by a typical Jewish meal at 1pm (booking required at +393387790220). Via dei Romagnoli 717. You can pay for a shuttle service from the main Temple, in Lungotevere Cenci, departin at 10:30am.


One of the key events is the visit of the Jewish Catacombs, that are seldom open to the public. Guided tours of the Vigna Randanini catacombs will take place between 10:30am and 5:30pm (bookings by today at +393407368280)


If you’re more interested in performing arts, you’ll then have to wait until Sunday afternoon. In Via del Portico d’Ottavia, the center of Rome’s Ghetto from 5pm to 5:45pm you can enjoy yourselves with Jewish dances. At 6:30pm in Via del Portico d’Ottavia 73 there will be a Jewish traditional dance show.


At 8:30pm, in Piazza Margana 41, the Camera Ensemble of the Ha Kol Choir will play a concert of Jewish-Italian music from the 17th century onwards.