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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)
Viale di Villa Massimo 39 - 00161 Rome
+39.06 9436 8049 Send a message on Whatsapp
Responsible: Rabbi Menachem Lazar; Telephone: +39.333 813 0919 Send a message on Whatsapp;

Beth El (Sephardi)
Via Padova 92 - Rome
+39.06.44242857 / 06.4403027 Send a message on Whatsapp
Open All services daily
Responsible: Dudu Mantin;
Beth Shmuel (Sephardi)
Via Garfagnana 4/a - Rome
Open Daily Shacharit and Shabbat
Responsible: Lillo Naaman;
Young Ely (Youth Center)
Via Ridolfino Venuti, 87 - Rome
+39.068602260 Send a message on Whatsapp
Responsible: Rabbi Moshe Hacmun;

Kosher Hotels
Bed Breakfast & Cappuccino (Kosher Apartment Hotel)
Via Livorno, 1 - 00162 Rome
Responsible: Simone Ruben;

Hotel Fenix
Via Gorizia, 5 - 00198 Rome
Hotel La Ville Rome
Via Nomentana 110 - 00161 Rome
Hotel Regina Margherita
Via Bari, 3 - 00161 Rome
Hotel S. Costanza
Viale XXI Aprile, 4 - 00161 Rome
Roma Room Hotel
Via G. B. Morgagni, 41 - 00161 Rome
Rome Scout Center (Hostel)
Largo dello Scautismo, 1 - Rome

Shabbat Meals
Lisa Kosher (Eat In or Take Away)
Certification: Rabbi I. Hazan (Chabad), Glatt, Chalav Israel
Responsible: Bino Rubin;
Shabbat Meal with Chabad
Viale di Villa Massimo, 39 - Rome
Responsible: Rabbi Menachem Lazar;

Kosher Restaurants
Flour (Cafč, Bakery and Restaurant)
Via Padova 78 - Rome
+39.06.44236816 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Chalav Israel besides the milk, Pat Israel
Fonzie (The Burger's House)
Via Catanzaro, 33 - Rome
+39.0644243654 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Little Tripoli (Meat)
Via Cremona, 42 - 00161 Rome
+39.0664220481 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Beth Din Rome & Rabbi Itzchak Hazan (Chabad), Glatt
Open Daily
Responsible: Maier Bendaud; Telephone: +39.338.3071745 Send a message on Whatsapp; Email:
Obento (Sushi)
Via Ignazio Giorgi, 65 - Rome
+39.06 883 4790 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Beth Din Rome

Kosher Eateries
Marlene's (Dairy Ice Cream shop)
Via Padova 7 - Rome
+39.06 4423 3067 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Beth di Rome, Chalav Israel
Open Summer season (March-October)
Mondo di Laura (Cookie factory)
Via Tiburtina, 263 - Rome
+39.065880966 Send a message on Whatsapp
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 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Da Zakino
Via Cremona 48a - Rome
+39.0644290570 Send a message on Whatsapp
Responsible: Zakino Hadoug;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Products, Meat and Fast Food)
Via Giacomo Boni, 18 - Rome
+39.06.44254461 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Beth Din Rome

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

Mikve Eliahu Fadlun (Men)
Via Famiano Nardini 15 - Rome
+39.3453379412 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Rabbi Meir Posen, Rabbi Menachem Lazar, Bor al gabei Bor, Mei Gheshamim.
Open Daily
Mikve Eliahu Fadlun (Women)
Via Famiano Nardini 15 - Rome
+39.392 255 8870 Send a message on Whatsapp
Certification: Rabbi Meir Posen, Rabbi Menachem Lazar, Mei Gheshamim, Bor al gabei Bor, Hashka and Zria
Open Daily

Jewish Schools
Gan Chaya (Nursery)
Via Alessandro Torlonia, 39 - Rome
+39.06 9521 5910 Send a message on Whatsapp
Tiferet Israel (Nursery and Elementary)
Via Giuseppe Marchi, 4 - Rome
+39.351 776 0343 Send a message on Whatsapp

Jewish Cemeteries
Via Tiburtina - Rome
Open Daily

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