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U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art
Ranked #121 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: Dedicated to preserving and displaying objects related to Jewish life in Italy from the Middle Ages to present day, this museum features a rich collection including doors of a Torah Ark, a 15th-century stone tablet and brass and silver Hannukkiot (Hannukkah lamps).
Reviewed 13 May 2014

See an old synagogue from the Veneto in use today in Jerusalem. See beautifully crafted and decorated items for religious use, including a most remarkable traveling mohel's kit -- not kidding! It's a small museum, but you'll want to give it some time

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Reviewed 31 December 2013

The Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art was a bit difficult to find on my first visit to Jerusalem several years ago, but has now become one of my favoured spots to 'pop in on' on each trip.

Located up a flight of stairs on the second level of a gray stone building set at right angles to Hillel Street it does not command attention from street level. But what wonderful treasures await the persistent traveller ! I usually cut over to Hillel Street from Ben Yehuda or Shammai Streets.

The museum displays all manner of Italian Jewish religous art in a simple, dignified manner. The staff are most welcoming and are really happy to see you and all other visitors.

The restored Synagogue is the highlight of your visit and leaves you with the very real sense of having been in a holy place which has been loved by very many people over the centuries. Just sitting there is meaningfull and lifts one's spirits.

For me one of the best features is their small gift shop which has a small, but quality selection of guide books about Jewish Italy. Over the years I have bought several and now dream of using them on a return visit to Italy. I am rather sad at having procrastinated in purchasing one of their bronze reproduction Hannukah lamps, as the earlier type with the winged cherubs illustrated in so many art books is no longer available; has been replaced by a more austere type.

Even the Italian newspaper and former events guides they hand out make wonderful souvenirs.

An hour here is time well spent and leaving Italy behind one can head out re-charged to plunge once again into modern day Jerusalem. I usually turn right and head up a couple of blocks towards King George street for a visit to the Hadassah-Wizo thrift store also on Hillel Street. Alternatively if you turn left you can follow Hillel Street to Independance Park and stroll along further to explore Rehavia or Katamon.

Which ever route you choose I am certain that you will find yourself thinking of having a piazza for dinner that evening !

3  Thank Yonatan C
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

This is a specialty museum. It is located in the Schmidt building at 27 Hillel Street Jerusalem
The museum deals with the history of Italian Jewish silver and art.. It also displays many appurtenances from old Italian synagogues especiaaly arks for torah scrolls from the renaissance period and baroque period.
The piece de resistance is the synagogue--the rehabilitation of a 300 year old synagogue from the Venice area--the Conegliano synagogue--all the furnishings were dismantled and sent to israel. in addition various chandeliers were sent from other old italian synagogues.
it is authentically reproduced and is operatipnal on weekdays.
the museum emloys professionals in italian art who rhabilitate old italian artifacts of jewish interest

well worth visiting

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Reviewed 10 May 2017
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