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History of Jewish Bologna
Bologna holds sway as Europe’s premier university town, an honor gained with Jewish involvement. As far back as 1466, Bologna University established a chair of Hebrew.

Like most of Italy’s Jews, however, the Bolognese were herded into a ghetto after the egregious papal bull of 1555, only to be expelled altogether from the city 38 years later. They fanned out to three ghettos in the region: Cento, Lugo and Ferrara, where the reigning noble family, the Estes, offered some breathing room to their Jewish citizens until a papal takeover in 1627 made the vise tighten once again. In the ghettos, church authorities locked the gates each night and curbed Jewish contact with the Christian world to a few trades: medicine, money lending, and selling rags. Not until Napoleon marched, albeit briefly, into Bologna in 1796, could area Jews breathe freely again. Full emancipation had to wait until the city’s uprising against papal rule in 1859.

The dark curtain of oppression descended once more with imposition of the 1938 Racial Laws.

A Bolognese attorney, who like so many others, was expelled from his profession, took up the cause of Jewish refugees. Mario Finzi helped organize the care and education of 100 Jewish orphans in nearby Nonantola. All but one of the children made it through the war, with the aid of local citizens, but Finzi died in Auschwitz.

Municipal leaders in Bologna joined forces with the Jewish community and local scholars to create their own Jewish historical museum. Launched in 1999, the institution stands inside the city’s former ghetto.


Informations Points
Chabad Bologna
Via Dagnini 24 - Bologna
+39.051.6230316
Telephone: +39.3483826502;

Synagogues
Beit Chabad Bologna (Ari)
Via Dagnini, 24 - Bologna
+39.051.6230316
Open High Holidays
Responsible: Rabbi Eli Dovid Borenstein; Telephone: +39.3483826502;
Synagogue (Italian)
Via Gombruti, 9 - 40123 Bologna
+39.051.232066
Responsible: Rabbi Alberto Sermoneta;

Accomodations
Art Hotel Novecento
Piazza Galileo, 3 - Bologna
Hotel Centrale
Via della Zecca 2 - Bologna

Jewish Tours
Jewish Bologna Tours
Bologna
Responsible: Daniela Bigatti;

Kosher Eateries
Da Myrtha (Kosher Meat Menu)
Via Dč Toschi 2 - 40124 Bologna
+39.051 8498915
Certification: Rabbi Bentzion Rabinowitz
Responsible: Miryam Cohen; Telephone: +39.346 7424782;

Kosher Stores
Carrefour Express (Kosher section)
Via Giuseppe Massarenti, 2 - 40138 Bologna
+39.051 349859

Jewish Attractions
Bocchi Palace
Via Goito, 16 - Bologna
Ex Ghetto
Via Dei Giudei, via del Carro, Via Valdonica, Via dell’Inferno and Vicolo Del Mandria. Between Via Zamboni and Via Oberdan. - Bologna
Medieval Civic Museum
Via Manzoni 4 - Bologna

Jewish Museums
Jewish Museum of Bologna
Via Valdonica 1/5 - Bologna
+39.051.2911280

Mikvahs
Chaya Mushkah (Bor al gabei bor)
Via Oreste Regnoli 17 - 40138 Bologna
Certification: Rabbi E. Borenstein (Chabad)
Responsible: Rebbetzin Borenstein; Telephone: +39.051.6230316 - 348.3826502;

Jewish Cemeteries
Ancient
Via Orfeo - Bologna
Certosa
Bologna

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