I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Posted Tuesday 7/5/2016 1:20 AM
Last Updated Wednesday 2/8/2017 2:47 AM

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an "Island of Divine Dew".

A crossroad of world cultures, Italy has been for over two millennia a haven for Italian, Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, in the heartland of Christianity. The Italian-Jewish symbiosis flourished with the Modern Era, in the Renaissance ghettos, continuing through the 19th-century Emancipation, and up to the present.

All major Jewish museum collections include important artifacts from Italy, and the Magnes is no exception. This exhibition presents a selection of manuscripts, books, ritual objects, textiles, photographs and postcards collected by The Magnes over five decades to investigate the global significance of Jewish history in Italy.

This exhibition is on view in the Warren Hellman Gallery & Charles Michael Gallery now to June 30, 2017
Galleries open TUE-FRI 11am-4pm

Read more at bit.ly/italyah.

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