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Opening: Italian Jewish Renaissance – The Beauty of Italian Judaica

Beit Hatfutsot is proud to present a new exhibition that showcases the elegance, refinement, and, above all, the harmony that is a highlight of Italian Jewish culture. “Italian Jewish Renaissance: The Beauty of Italian Judaica” is an exhibition of artifacts from the U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art, Jerusalem and is currently open to the public.

Most of the 40 objects on display date from the golden age of Jewish art in Italy. By integrating their own traditions with Italian aesthetics, Jewish artists created works of rare quality. Sacred Jewish objects were decorated using the finest techniques and motifs of Italian art; everyday utensils were imbued with enormous aesthetic value and beauty resulting from great technical skill. This spectacular exhibition is a tribute to the synergy of Italian Jewish art.

Italian Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò was the guest of honor at the exhibition’s opening where he commemorated the historical relationship between the Italian and Jewish peoples.

Curator Micol Schreiber Benarroch, an Italian native who made Aliyah a few years ago, recognized the important contributions of the museum’s supporters. She then remarked that this unique exhibition is the result of a collaboration between a museum dedicated to Italian Jewry and a museum devoted to telling the ongoing story of all Jewish communities, a pairing that has resulted in a one-of-a-kind exhibition.

L-R: Dr. Orit Shaham Gover (Chief Curator, Beit Hatfutsot), Gilad Levian (Director, The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art), Dan Tadmor (CEO, Beit Hatfutsot), Jack Arbib (Chair, , The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art ), Mirla Nisim and Guido Di Veroli (Board Members, The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art)

L-R: Dr. Orit Shaham Gover (Chief Curator, Beit Hatfutsot), Gilad Levian (Director, The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art), Dan Tadmor (CEO, Beit Hatfutsot), Jack Arbib (Chair, , The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art ), Mirla Nisim and Guido Di Veroli (Board Members, The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art)

Dan Tadmor congratulates the audience at the opening ceremony

Dan Tadmor congratulates the audience at the opening ceremony

Italian Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò, Jack Arbib (Chair, The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art)

Italian Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò, Jack Arbib (Chair, The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art)

Gilad Levian (Director, The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art), Dan Tadmor (CEO, Beit Hatfutsot)

Gilad Levian (Director, The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art), Dan Tadmor (CEO, Beit Hatfutsot)

Micol Schreiber Benarroch

Micol Schreiber Benarroch, exhibition curator (center)

Liora Shani, Eleonora and Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò

Liora Shani, Eleonora and Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò

Tenor Michael Riskin

Tenor Michael Riskin

Pianist Igor Ostrowski

Pianist Igor Ostrowski

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