Education and Research

Jewish Museum of Rome

Educational services

THE MUSEUM’S EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS

The Jewish Museum of Rome contributes to the education of hundreds of students each year thanks to the collaboration of Roman and Italian school teachers.

With its seven themed rooms, our educators manage to bring young students closer to Jewish culture, history and religious traditions, attempting to disprove prejudices and false beliefs.

The guided tours trace the multi-millennial history of Rome’s Jewish community, showing differences and similarities and making it clear just how much Jews are an integral part of the social and civic fabric of the city and how much they have contributed to its growth.

Our tours are designed for schools of all levels and are adapted to students according to age group, sometimes choosing to address different aspects that are more appropriate to their education and course of study.

The topics covered during our guided tours are:

  • The presence of the Jewish community in imperial Rome (Ostia Antica Synagogue and casts from the Jewish catacombs)
  • The history of the Roman Ghetto (1555-1870) with the help of an interactive multimedia tablet that allows you to “walk” inside the ancient neighbourhood, now reconstructed
  • Jewish traditions: the cycle of life (circumcision, religious coming of age, marriage) and major Jewish holidays
  • The emancipation of the Jews after the Ghetto period and their integration within Italian society, World War I and Jewish participation
  • The Racial Laws, the persecution of lives and deportation (from October 16, 1943 to the liberation of Rome)
  • The Synagogues: liturgical customs of the community and architecture, the 1982 bombing and meetings with the Pontiffs

EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

Starting in May 2019, the Jewish Museum of Rome designed a new project of educational workshops for young children. Our target audiences are elementary school children (ages 6-10).
The aim is to bring children closer to Jewish culture in different ways, addressing the themes of holidays, traditions and religion in a fun and creative way.
The workshop will be preceded by a short explanation of textiles and their use, ancient history and the Jewish presence and synagogues (the Great Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue).
The children’s dexterity, creativity and curiosity will be used to bring them naturally and intuitively closer to a previously unknown world. At the end of the visit and workshop they will be given a small bag with objects that will remind them of the holiday they have delved into, so that they can take home a tangible reminder of the experience.
The holidays that will be addressed will be based on the season and thus the Jewish calendar.