This week Year 12 IB students went on a day trip to visit the Jewish Museum and Synagogue, as well as the Jewish quarter in the city centre accompanied by Ms Parnanzone, Ms Martini and Mr Gastaldi.
The visit started with the Museum, where we discovered a collection of precious artefacts from the Roman time until the modern era, pieces of artworks that are linked to the major Jewish festivities and celebrations such as the Sabbath, the circumcision, the Bar and Bat Mitzvah, and weddings.
It was interesting to find out that Rome's Jewish community is the oldest in Europe and is also the oldest continuous Jewish settlement in the world after the diaspora, with its unique rituals. We also visited the Great Synagogue, with its impressive blend of Jewish themes with art-deco and Roman styles, as well as a minor synagogue embedded in the museum's building. We ended our visit with a walk into the Jewish quarter, discovering its unique architecture, kosher restaurants and cafes. It was a great chance to have a historical look at life in the Jewish Ghetto, which in the past used to have gates and was regularly flooded due to its location next to the Tiber banks. We also visited the actual site of the Roman Jews' deportation during the fascist period, on October 16 1943.
- Ms Parnanzone, Teacher of IGCSE Italian, IB DP Italian B; Middle School Chinese and Italian