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Informations Points
Synagogues
Kosher Hotels
Accomodations
Jewish Tours
Shabbat Meals
Kosher Restaurants
Kosher Eateries
Judaica Stores
Jewish Attractions
Jewish Museums
Mikvahs
Jewish Schools
Jewish Cemeteries


What to do in Venice
The Jewish Ghetto is walking distance from the train station or you could take the boat #42 or #52.

We recommend you stay in the area of the Jewish Ghetto, especially on Shabbat, where carrying is permitted thanks to a natural Eruv, all the Hotels listed are within the Eruv.

To get a complete picture of the Jewish history of Venice book the tour guide.

On Shabbat the Gam Gam restaurant together with Chabad hosts communal Shabbat meals.

To enter the synagogues bring your passport, no electronics and no big bags.



History of Jewish Venice
Many Jewish merchants and moneylenders visited and worked in the city beginning with the 10th century. In 1252, Jews were not allowed to settle in the main part of the city, so they settled on the island of Spinaulunga (also spelled Spinalonga) which later became Giudecca.

In 1290, Jewish merchants and moneylenders were allowed to work in Venice, but were forced to pay a special tax of five percent on all their import and export transactions.

The first Jews were allowed to settle in Venice only in 1385, when the city was involved in a war against neighboring Chioggia and needed loans from the Jewish money-lenders.

The Senate decided to expel the Jews from the city in 1394 due to fears of Jewish encroachment in certain economic spheres. They were allowed to work in the city for limited two-week intervals. Those who were not moneylenders were allowed to remain in the city, albeit with certain restrictions. Jews were forced to wear various markings on their clothing to identify themselves as Jews. In 1394 they had to wear a yellow badge, it was changed to a yellow hat in 1496 and to a red hat in 1500. Other anti-Jewish laws including the prohibition against owning land (enacted in 1423) and from building a synagogue (enacted in 1426). On occasion, Jews were forced to attend Christian services or become baptized. Anti-Jewish feelings were prevalent and three Jews died in a blood libel in 1480 and more died after another libel in 1506.

Since racism persisted, in 1516 Venice's ruling council confined all the Jews in a small area not far from today's train station, where there had been getti, or foundries. The gates were locked at night, and restrictions were placed on Jewish economic activities. Jews were only allowed to operate pawn shops and lend money, trade in textiles, and practice medicine. Despite these severe limitations, the Jewish community prospered in Venice, and they received better treatment there than in many other European cities at this time.

The Jews lived in the Ghetto through hard times - including the plague of 1630 - and better times, until Napoleon threw open the gates in 1797 and recognized equal rights to the Jews of Venice. At its height, around 1650, the Ghetto housed about 4,000 people in a space roughly equivalent to 2-1/2 city blocks. Before World War II there were still about 1,300 Jews in the Ghetto, but 289 were deported by the Nazis and only seven returned.


Informations Points
Chabad Venice
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2884 - Venice
+39.338.1011540
Responsible: Rabbi Rami Banin;
Website of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice
Venice
Responsible: Ruben FoÓ;

Synagogues
Canton Scola
Ghetto Novo - Venice
+39.041.715012
Open Visits
Chabad Venice (Ari)
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2915 - Venice
Open Daily
Responsible: Rabbi Rami Banin;
Great German Scola
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2902/b - Venice
+39.041.715012
Open Visits
Italian Scola
Ghetto Novo - Venice
+39.041.715012
Open Visits
Levantine Scola
Ghetto Vecchio - Venice
+39.041.715012
Open winter
Responsible: Rabbi Shalom Bahbout; Email:
Scoletta Luzzato
Ghetto Vecchio - Venice
Spanish Scola (Sephardi - Italian)
Ghetto Vecchio - Venice
+39.041.715012
Open summer
Responsible: Rabbi Shalom Bahbout; Email:

Kosher Hotels
Jewish Ghetto Apartments (Apartments)
Cannaregio - Venice
Responsible: Avraham Moni;

Accomodations
Ca' Dogaressa
Cannaregio 1018 - Venice
Hotel Belle Epoque
Cannaregio 127/128 - Lista di Spagna - 30123 Venice
Hotel Leonardo
1385 Canareggio - Venice
Hotel Marte
Cannaregio 338 - Venice
Hotel Principe
Cannaregio 146/147 - Venice

Jewish Tours
Jewish Tours of Venice
Venice
Responsible: Barbara Fuochi;

Shabbat Meals
Chabad at Gam Gam (Communal Shabbat Meals)
Sestiere Cannaregio, 1122 - Venice
Responsible: Rabbi Rami Banin;

Kosher Restaurants
Gam Gam (Israeli and Italian Meat Restaurant, Take-away and Delivery)
Sestiere Cannaregio, 1122 - Venice
+39.041.523.1495
Certification: Rabbi G. M. Garelik, Glatt
Open Daily
Responsible: Rabbi Rami Banin;

Kosher Eateries
Gam Gam Goodies (Pizza and Bakery)
1243 Ghetto Vecchio - Venice
Certification: Rabbi G. M. Garelik, Chalav Israel, Pat Israel
Responsible: Mrs. Shachar Banin;

Judaica Stores
Arte Ebraica Shalom (Jewish Art)
Canareggio 1218/1219 - 30121 Venice
+39.041.720092
Responsible: Diego Baruch Fusetti;
David's Shop
Cannaregio 2895 - Venice
Galleria Levantina (Art gallery)
Cannaregio 1155 - 30121 Venice
+39.3343500296
Responsible: David Ariel De Guglielmi;
The Studio
Sestiere Cannaregio, 1152 - 30121 Venice
+39.041.5208997

Jewish Attractions
Deportation Memorial
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo - Venice
Holocaust Memorial
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo - Venice
Jewish Ghetto of Venice (Venetian Ghetto)
Venice
Public Chanukah Menorah
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo - Venice
Public Pesach Seder
Venice
Public Sukkah
Ghetto Vecchio - Venice

Jewish Museums
Jewish Museum of Venice
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo 2902/b - 30121 Venice
+39.041.715359
Open Daily

Mikvahs
Mikve of the Jewish Community (Side by side)
Cannaregio 2874 - Venice
+39.041.722036
Certification: Rabbi Shalom Bahbout
Open By appointment
Responsible: Tally Elhyani; Telephone: +39.349.219.9797; Email:

Jewish Schools
Jewish Day School of Venice (Nursery through Second Grade)
Venice
Rabbinical Academy (Yeshiva)
Campo di Ghetto Nuovo, 2915 - Venice

Jewish Cemeteries
Jewish Cemetery of S. Nicol˛
Viale Cipro 70 - Venice
Responsible: Jewish Museum; Telephone: +39.041 715359; Email:
Old Jewish Cemetery
Riviera San Nicol˛, 22 - 30126 Venice
Responsible: Jewish Museum; Telephone: +39.041 715359; Email:

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