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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, thatís 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 cityís Jews. One thousand children attend the communityís 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.


Kosher Stores
Antico Forno del Ghetto (Bakery)
Piazza Costaguti, 31 - 00186 Rome
+39.06.68803012
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Pat Israel
Babani Ben David (Meat Store)
Via Lorenzo il Magnifico, 70 - Rome
+39.06.44243959
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Bet Kosher (Kosher Products with Delivery Service)
via Cesare Pascarella, 36 - Rome
+39.06.45434231
Responsible: Alberto Terracina, David Moscati;
Boccione (Pastry shop)
Via Portico d'Ottavia, 1 - Rome
+39.06.6878637
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Pat Israel
Carrefour Market (Kosher section)
Viale Palmiro Togliatti, 2 - Rome
+39.06 722 0600
Carrefour Market (Kosher section)
Via Laurentina, 84 - 00110 Rome
+39.06 541 4616
Carrefour Market (Kosher section)
Via delle Fornaci, 136 - 00165 Rome
+39.06 3937 9847
Carrefour Market (Kosher section)
Via dei Prati Fiscali, 55 - 00141 Rome
+39.06 810 7831
Carrefour Market 24H (Kosher section)
Via XXI Aprile, 23 - Rome
Open 24/7
Carrefour Market 24H (Kosher section)
Via Germania - 00196 Rome
+39.06 808 6122
Open 24/7
Carrefour Market 24H (Kosher section)
Piazzale degli Eroi, 13 - 00136 Rome
+39.06 3973 1818
Open 24/7
Carrefour Market 24H (Kosher section)
Piazzale Eugenio Morelli, 52 - 00151 Rome
+39.06 6574 0394
Open 24/7
Centro Kasher (Meat Store)
Via Fonteiana 24a/26 - Rome
+39.06.66157796
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Claudio Spizzichino;
Da Zakino
Via Cremona 48a - Rome
+39.0644290570
Responsible: Zakino Hadoug;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Products and Meat)
Via S. Gherardi, 44 - Rome
+39.06.5572565
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Avi Ouazzana;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Store)
Via S. Gherardi, 18 - Rome
+39.06.5565231
Responsible: Avi Ouazzana;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Products, Meat and Fast Food)
Via Giacomo Boni, 18 - Rome
+39.06.44254461
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Kosher Delight (Kosher Products)
Via Portico d'Ottavia, 11 - Rome
+39.06.68135002
Responsible: Avi Ouazzana;
Kosher Wines - Supergal (wines and dry products)
Piazza Cenci 65 - Rome
+39.348 6914239
Pascarella (Meat Store)
Via C. Pascarella, 24/26-28 - Rome
+39.06.5881698
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Graziano Spizzichino;
Rephael Hasitonaž (Meat Shop)
Via Francesco Maurolico, 28 - 00146 Rome
+39.06.55380050
Responsible: Raffaele Hassan; Telephone: +39.328 1685099;
Terracina (Meat Store)
Via Maria del Pianto, 62 - 00186 Rome
+39.06.68801364
Certification: Beth Din Rome

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