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“A Special Place Regardless of Your Faith”

Museo Ebraico di Roma
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Romantic Sunset Aperitif in Jewish Ghetto
Ranked #85 of 1,503 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A Special Place Regardless of Your Faith”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

A small museum, a small synagogue and a very big synagogue all in about ninety minutes. This is a special place, superbly curated, describing the history of the Jews in Rome, a history dating back to 170 years before Christ. The little synagogue is Sephardic, the Great Synagogue almost church like and built in 904, totally grand, both untouched by the Nazis. The people in the Ghetto were - slightly more than 1,000 were rounded up on October 16,1943 and their story is also told in the museum. For security reasons you can only get into the synagogues with a tour supplied for free by the museum. And did you know Roman Jews are neither Sephardic or Ashkenazim, and have some of their own practices?

Visited December 2013
5 Thank Michael S
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“Really worth a visit”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

As others have noted, you can only visit the synagogue by paying for the museum because of security concerns. Its well worth it. The museum, although smallish, has a really interesting collection of items. It explains the history of the Roman Jews really well and in a very engaging way. Audioguides are free with the ticket and they run short English guided tours of the synagogue every hour. The inside of the synagogue is absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed this and would recommend to anyone interested in Jewish history.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank VeronicaF990
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“A shul in Rome”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

The synagogue is by the Tiber River. Yes, a nice one! Befitting, but not overshadowing, the other places of worship in this heavenly city.

Still, it's uplifting, or I should say calming, to sit and stand and observe. In the company of family.

Visited November 2013
Thank kaldort
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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

Even my young adult children enjoyed it. Not only is the Synagogue beautiful to see and the history an interesting one to hear about, but our tour guide is a member of the Rome Jewish community and was very open to and candid in answering questions about Jewish life in Rome today, which is different in some ways and similar in others to what we are used to in the states. It's not a huge time commitment and absolutely worth the effort for Jews visiting the city.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank GEarthRoamer
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“So glad we found this!”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Because of past threats, the synagogue is only accessible through the price of a tour, but it was well worth it! We loved seeing the blend of cultures that have come together in this Jewish synagogue as well as learning the history of how it all came about. I could have spent hours and hours there, but we also wanted to enjoy the area around the synagogue with its ruins of ancient buildings and the current population on the main street of shops and cafes. I wish we could have been there to attend Shabbat services since the synagogue is open to anyone then.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank vikkimsw
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