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Publications & Sources

There is a wealth of published material, including books, journals, articles, in Italian… we highlight some of them here but mainly present works in English.


Works by the scholar Cesare Colafemmina, primarily on the medieval presence of Jews in southern Italy (mainly Puglia and Calabria)


Barbera, Mariarosaria, and Magnani Cianetti, Marina. “The Jewish Catacombs of Rome, especially Villa Torlonia: Synthesis, Diagnosis and projects for the Restoration and Enhancement.” In  Bertele, Esther and  Ziesemer, John (eds). Jewish Cemeteries and Burial Culture in Europe.  Berlin: ICOMOS, 2011. Online at

Biddau, Niccolo (photos). Gli Spazi della Parola: Sinagoghe in Piemonte/Synagogues in Piedmont. Turin: Elede, 2002

Boccato, Carla, 1981. The Ancient Jewish Cemetery of san Nicolo on the Lido in Venice. Committee for the Historical Jewish Center of Venice, Venice.

Bonilauri, Francesco and Maugeri, Vicenza (eds). Ghetti e Giudecche in Emilia-Romagna (exhibition catalogue). Rome: De Luca Editori d’Arte, 2004

Bonilauri, Francesco and Maugeri, Vicenza (eds); Filippo Velente (trans). Guide to Jewish Places in Bologna. Rome: De Luca Editori d’Arte, 2006

Bonilauri, Francesco and Maugeri, Vicenza (eds). Le Sinagoghe in Emilia Romagna. Exhibition Catalogue, Jewish Museum of Bologna. Rome: De Luca Editori d’Arte, 2003

Brandes, Francesca (ed.), Venice and Environs: Jewish Itineraries, Venice and New York, Marsilio 1997

Calimani, Riccardo (trans. Katherine Silberblatt Wolfthal). The Ghetto of Venice: A History. New york: Evans, 1987

Calimani, Riccardo et al., Venice: Guide to the synagogues, museum and cemetery, Venice, Marsilio 2001

Candio, Paolo, 1991. “L’antico cimitero ebraico del lido nei contratti tra la Comunità Ebraica ed il monastero Benedettino di S. Nicolò,” Ateneo Veneto, CLXXVIII, 109-139

Cardillo, Duncan. “The Historical Jewish Ghettos of Venice.” The Oakland Journal (2003), 55-77

Cassuto, David, ‘The Scuola grande Tedesca in the Venice Ghetto’, Journal of Jewish Art, Vol. 3/4 (1977), pp. 40-57

Cassuto, Noemi. The Italian Synagogue Through the Ages. From: “Synagogues without Jews, and the Communities that used and built them”, by Rivka and Ben Zion Dorfmann.

Colafemmina, Cesare and Giorgio Gramegna. Guida al Museo/Guide to the Museum: Synagogue Museum St. Anna. Trani: Messaggi Edizioni, 2009

Curiel, Roberta and Cooperman, Bernard Dov, The Ghetto of Venice, New York, Rizzoli/London, Tauris Parke Book 1990

Del Russo, Jessica.  Roma Subterranea Judaica.   Online series of articles on the Jewish catacombs in Rome.

Devins, Driscoll P. Home of the Living: A Venetian Cemetery. Triton Press, Verona, 1991

Fiorentino, Luca (trans Martha B. Scherr and Susanna Eneberg). Il Ghetto Racconta Roma: The Ghetto Reveals Rome. Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2005

Foa, Anna. Andare per ghetti e giudecche. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014

Gianolio, Emanuele. Gli ebrei a Trani e in Puglia nel medioevo. Thesis for Laurea degree, University of Bari, 1999.

Gruber, Samuel D. “Medieval Synagogues of the Mediterranean Region.” In Cohen-Mushlin, Aliza & Harmen H. Thies (eds). Jewish Architecture in Europe. Petersburg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2010, pp 53-66

Gruber, Samuel D. “The Synagogues of Piedmont.” in Woolf, Jeffrey R. (ed.) Ebrei Piemontese: The Jews of Piedmont. New York: Yeshiva University Museum, 2008 63-70

Malkiel, David. “Renaissance in the Graveyard: The Hebrew Tombstones of Padua and Ashkenazic Acculturation in Sixteenth-Century Italy.” In AJS Review, 37, pp 333-370

Malkiel, David. Stones Speak – Hebrew Tombstones from Padua, 1529-1862. Leiden: Brill, 2013

Mann, V.B. (ed.), Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy, Berkeley 1989 (Jewish Museum, New York, catalogue)

Morpurgo, Andrea. Il cimitero ebraico in Italia: Storia e architettura di uno spazio identitario. Macerata: Quodlibet, 2012

Nongbri Brent. “Archival Research on the Excavation of the Synagogue at Ostia: A Preliminary Report.” in Journal for the Study of Judaism, Vol. 46 3, 2015.  366-402

Pardo, Luca (ed.). La Sinagoga di Bologna: Vicende e prospettive di un luogo e di una presenza ebraica. (Catalogue) Bologna: Pendragon, 2001

Pivirotto, Riccardo and Monica Sideri. L’Ebreo Errante: Guida ai Luoghi Ebraici tra Arte e Storia nella Maremma Collinare. Orbetello: Edizioni Best Service, 1997

Quest. Issues in Conemporary Jewish History (Questioni di storia ebraica contemporanea). Journal of CDEC, the Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation. Issue 2 (October 2011) — available online — is devoted specifically to Modernity and the Cities of the Jews

La Rassegna Mensile di Israel. Semi-scholarly journal of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, founded in 1925.

Runesson, Anders. “A Monumental Synagogue from the First Century: The Case of Ostia.” in Journal for the Study of Judaism, Volume 33  2,  2002. 171 – 220

Sacerdoti, Annie and Luca Fiorentino. Guida all’Italia Ebraica. Genoa: Marietti, 1986

Sacerdoti, Annie, The Guide to Jewish Italy, New York, Rizzoli 2004

Sacerdoti, Annie and Annamarcella Tedeschi Falco (eds). Emilia Romagna: Itinerari ebraici; I luoghi, la storia, l’arte. Venice: Marsilio, 1992 (see the other volumes in this series, each devoted to an Italian region including Tuscany, Lazio, Veneto, Piedmont, etc)

Sefer Yuhasin

A scientific journal in open access devoted to the history of the Jewish presence in Southern Italy and its relationships to the Euro-Mediterranean and Oriental areas between Antiquity and the Modern Era. It hosts articles and short notes on history, archaeology, and philology, as well as editions and translations of texts and unpublished documents. The review is published annually by the Center for Jewish Studies at the Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies of the Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale and it is printed by UniorPress. Sefer Yuḥasin today is a multilingual, peer-reviewed review, coordinated by an international scientific committee.


Soprintendenza per I Beni Artistici e Storici di Venezia.  Venezia ebraica: Il restauro dell’antico Cimitero del Lido. Electa, Milan, 1999.

Zevi, Adachiara. “Musei Ebraici: Per Quale Arte?” in La Rassegna Mensile di Israel. Vol. LXXV No. 1-2, January-August, 2009