Renaissance Italy: the Birthplace of the Modern Jewish World. Did Italian Jews share in the Renaissance, that moment of cultural rebirth that gave us the artistic, architectural, philosophical and political innovations upon which our world is built? Or did the high walls of the ghetto exclude Jews from the dynamic society around them? By looking at the Jews of the time, their physical environment, cultural creations, and personal fates, we will begin to see what it meant to be a Renaissance Jew and how their world irrevocably shaped our own.
> The Ghetto of Venice 500 Years Ago: Opportunities and Problems in a Gated Community
> Shylock’s Daughter-In-Law: Adulterous Sex and Family Property in Jewish Rome
> Rabbi Leon Modena: The Fantastic Failure Who Invented the Jewish Renaissance
> How the Invention of the Printing Press Gave Us the Bible, the Talmud, and the Zohar
Cost: Free to CSP 5777 Patrons, $395 per person/double occupancy. General Public (on a space available basis)
SPONSORS: Community Scholar Program (CSP)
Sponsor: Community Scholar Program (CSP)