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The streets of the Venice ghetto

On 29 March 1516, the Venetian Republic created the first ghetto on a small island in the north-western sestiere of Cannaregio. Five hundred years later to the very day, I went there for the visit you can see in this film. As a historian of the Holocaust, it seemed appropriate to visit on this day as I was so close to Venice in my motorhome.

The decision taken in 1516 to separate the Jews from the other residents of the city was possibly due to the deline of Venice as a power. The Venetians were suspicious of all and foreign embassies such as those of France, England and Spain had also been forced to leave for the area of Cannaregio. This was a former industrial area - such as had existed in the fifteen century and earlier.

Whereas Jews had to live in the ghetto, it was not so bad there as to stop others from joining them. The Schola Canton synagogue was founded in 1531, only fifteen years after the ghetto! People escaping persecution in other parts of Europe ended up in Venice. Two synagogues were built which can be seen today. Jews had to be in the ghetto at night when the doors were locked - and pay for its 'security', however they were free to leave during the day although they had to wear a special badge which marked them as Jews. They were also permitted to be involved in some businesses. Christians could visit Jewish friends in the ghetto.

The population was quickly increased as Jews who had been expelled from Spain and Portugal at the end of the fifteen century joined them.

Looking at it today, you will consider that living conditions were cramped and insanitary - however many people in Europe lived liked this - and especially in Venice where there was little room for horizontal growth. Another problem was lack of privacy as rooms could often only be reached through other families’ living space.

The Venice ghetto came to an end with the Republic of Venice. The decline of Venice had taken centuries but by 1797 the former mighty imperial city was no more. War, disease and emigration had taken its toll and Napoleon finished it off dividing the possessions of the city state between himself and the Habsburgs who got the city itself!

Jews remained in Venice and suffered under the race laws of Fascist Italy which were introduced in 1938. Venice was occupied by Nazi Germany in September 1943 and two major deportations carried people off to the death camps. We can see bronze reliefs dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust in the main ghetto square today.

There are now around 600 Jewish people resident in the former ghetto where Venetian Jewish food can be bought and there are functioning synagogues, cultural centre and museum.

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Walking the streets of the Venice Ghetto a Jewish Tour

Walking the streets of the Venice Ghetto Jewish Tour
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Visiting a Jewish ghetto in Venice

Established by decree in 1516, the Venice ghetto was one of the first places where people were forcibly segregated and surveilled because of their religious difference. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
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Justice for Shylock: A Mock Appeal Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto

The program is a mock appeal of Shylock’s case from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, taking place after the play itself ends. Actor Edward Gero will portray Shylock. The appeal will be heard by five judges including Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Professors Suzanne Reynolds and Richard Schneider of Wake Forest University Law School; former U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Connie Morella; and Micaela del Monte from the European Parliament. The case will be argued by Michael Klotz of Jones Day; Law Librarian and Professor Teresa Miguel-Stearns of Yale Law School; and Eugene D. Gulland of Covington LLP. Assistance will be given by James Shapiro of Columbia University and Michael Kahn of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. This event is the last of three events hosted by the Law Library to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.

The Venice Ghetto: On Location

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adidas x Juice Magazine Venice Pavilion Party at BEYOND THE STREETS

Over the Memorial Day weekend, adidas Skateboarding and BEYOND THE STREETS, in partnership with Juice Magazine, officially celebrated the recreation of the iconic Venice Pavilion with a BBQ-style block party showcasing the best of Venice Beach’s skateboarding, graffiti, and music scenes with an all-star skate jam and concert.

adidas Skateboarding and BEYOND THE STREETS releases a new video that highlights the high energy day party with a punk rock skate pit and special musical performances by Venice Beach bands EXCEL and THE SHRINE alongside DJ sets by Pat Hoed, aka Adam Bomb (Final Countdown) and the release of Ric Clayton’s Welcome to Venice with a book signing.

Venice Beach legends and friends in attendance included Jesse Martinez, Aaron “Fingers” Murray, Marty Grimes, Estevan Oriol, Herbie Fletcher, Rick Kosick, Joey Tran Vo, Josh “Bagel” Klassman, Jayme “Vision” Burtis, Ivan Hosoi, OG Slick, Dibi Fletcher, Gary Wong, Shawn “Lefty” Lucero, Carter Slade, Paul Schmitt, Jim Gray, Bruce Thomas, Victor Blue, Tristain “Lil Red Dog” Welch, Kelly Jackson, Wynn Miller and Daggers, Masao Miyashiro.

Pro skateboarders Christian Hosoi, Eric “Tuma” Britton, Bennett Harada, Ryan Simonetti, Chris Roberts, Weeman, Daniel Castillo, Greyson Fletcher, Lonny Hiramoto, and Vincent Luevanos made guest appearances and smashed up the walls of the Venice Pavilion installation.

Skateboarding Hall of Famers on hand to commemorate this unique and historic event included: C.R. Stecyk III, Eric Dressen, Laura Thornhill Caswell, and Jeff Ho, as well as Skateboarding Hall of Fame proprietor, Todd Huber.

Many of the next generation Venice skaters were on hand to rip-ride with the legends of the West Side, including: Shota Kubo, Julian Martinez, Endless Hosoi, Classic Hosoi, Jayce Murray, Dez Murray, Tye Trujillo, Quinne Daniels, Taiyo J Lee, Tommy Calvert, and Jake Familton.

Grammy Award-winning musician Robert Trujillo of Metallica and Oscar nominated actor Rob Reiner, as well as Dante Ross, one of the Top 25 Greatest A&R reps in hip-hop history, made the scene. Louiche Mayorga, original bass player of Suicidal Tendencies, and superstar drummer, Joey Castillo, were both front and center to celebrate the legacy of the Venice Pavilion.


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About BEYOND THE STREETS
Curated by author and historian Roger Gastman, graffiti’s foremost authority, BEYOND THE STREETS (BTS) will kick off its inaugural showcase of diverse paintings, sculpture, photography, performances, lectures, films, and custom installations throughout 40,000+ square feet of industrial indoor and outdoor space in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition celebrates the soaring heights to which the world’s most recognizable modern art movement has risen. Original featured works will come from SHEPARD FAIREY, JASON REVOK, RETNA, LADY PINK, DASH SNOW, GUERRILLA GIRLS, BARRY McGEE, CHAZ, LEE QUIÑONES, FAILE, SWOON, TAKI 183 plus DENNIS HOPPER, TAKASHI MURAKAMI, AND MANY MORE.

The one-of-a-kind, touring BTS exhibition debuts in Los Angeles on May 6, 2018 and will run through July 6, 2018. BTS will then head to New York City with more global locations to be announced.

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GETO: The Historic Jewish Ghetto of Venice


GETO: The Historic Jewish Ghetto of Venice
Narrated by Regina Resnik
This award-winning documentary tells the story of the Venice Ghetto, one of the most interesting chapters in Jewish history. The Jewish presence in Italy dates back to the Roman era, and it was only in 1516 that the Jews of Venice were compelled to live in the walled area known originally as the “Geto.” The program depicts life inside the Ghetto with images of the striking architecture of the synagogues and multi-story residences, and accounts of the artistic activities which encouraged visits from Christian Venetians and travellers. Despite their limitations, the Jews also made their mark on the outside world, through advances in science and commerce. Geto continues with the story of the liberation of the Ghetto by Napoleon, in 1797, and details the events leading up to the Holocaust. The documentary is framed by footage of ceremonies marking the installation of modern-day contributions to the Ghetto by Lithuanian artist Arbit Blatas: a series of large bronze bas-reliefs honoring the Venetian Jews who died in World War II, entitled The Monument of the Holocaust and The Last Train. Written and produced by Regina Resnik and Michael Philip Davis, and narrated by Ms. Resnik, Geto has been called “a beautifully crafted history of the Jews of Venice and the Ghetto… Thanks to the interest and support shown by artists like Regina Resnik and Arbit Blatas (Resnik’s husband), the Jewish Ghetto of Venice is not disappearing, but is having a twenty-first-century renaissance” (Dr. Sara Reguer, Chair of the Dept. of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY).

Momma visits The 1st ghetto, the jewish ghetto in Venice

Momma Cherri and her husband Phil visited Venice in February 2019 for Phil's birthday. While there they discovered that the first ever recorded ghetto was in fact a Jewish ghetto in Venice. Watch while they discover this ancient place of beauty and history.
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Shylock in Venice: Staging Shakespeare in the Ghetto

(Visit: Two landmark anniversaries coincide in 2016: the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, a place that would give its name to such segregated areas worldwide and serve as the historical backdrop for Shakespeare’s most controversial play, The Merchant of Venice. Shaul Bassi, associate professor of English Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, reflects on the legacy of the Ghetto and the international effort now underway to stage The Merchant of Venice in Venice for the very first time in July, 2016. Recorded on 01/26/2016. Series: Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies [6/2016] [Humanities] [Show ID: 30593]

Experience the Real Italy: Walking Through the Streets of Naples

Getting lost on the fascinating streets of Naples, Italy (Napoli).
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The Jewish Ghetto, Venice Italy

Join me on this walk through the Jewish Ghetto in Venice Italy. On our walk we will pass the Gam Gam Restaurant, Gam Gam Goodies, a Judaica store, a kosher bakery, an art gallery, and the square where the historical synagogues are still standing from 500 years ago. Two were having active services when we visited. Then we cross over the Pente de Ghetto Veccio into the main Jewish Plaza. The Beit Chabad is there as well as 2 holocaust memorials. We had lunch at the Ghimmel Garden Restaurant; excellent food, beautiful atmosphere, but disappointed with the iced coffee. Definitely recommended. A little more touring around the plaza brought us to Banco Rosso, said to be the oldest remaining pawnshop/bank. Enjoy this tour, and please comment below to share your own experiences touring the Jewish Ghetto. Ciao!

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The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive - Return to Venice Ghetto

Name: Return to Venice Ghetto
Year: 1979
Duration: 00:31:06
Language: Hebrew inter-titles

Abstract: A portrayal of the Venice Ghetto in the form of an autobiographical memoir.

The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive -
The 500 films, selected for the virtual cinema, reflect the vast scope of documentary material collected in the Spielberg Archive. The films range from 1911 to the present and include home movies, short films and full length features.

שם: חזרה לגטו ונציה
שנה: 1979
אורך: 00:31:06
שפה: עברית

תקציר: זיכרון אוטוביוגרפי הפורש את סיפורו של גטו ונציה, מאז יסודו במאה השש עשרה.

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כל הזכויות שמורות לארכיון הסרטים היהודיים על שם סטיבן שפילברג ולאוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים 2010; דף הבית;
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Venice ghetto commemoration: address by Simon Schama

“But it is not enough to denounce fanaticism. We have to educate. Where better than this commemoration in this city to start?” Historian Simon Schama speaking at ceremony marking the 500th anniversary of the Venice Jewish ghetto.

Hidden Gems of Venice: Cannaregio (Jewish Ghetto)

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Getting Lost In The Streets of Venice

November is Sashas Birthday, and she decided herself that we were going to Italy for it, we would spend 2 nights in a crappy caravan in Venice, then 1 Night in an amazing hostel in Florence, and finally, 2 night in a rather dodgy looking hostel in Rome. This is the first day in Venice where we explored the streets and went to the main sights of the city.

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