New York: Jews of Piedmont, Italy, Dec. 8

The Primo Levi Center and Yeshiva University Museum will present a talk and screening on “Piedmont: Unfolding Borders” on Tuesday, December 8

The program – which includes film, family history and books – begins at 5.30pm at the Yeshiva University Museum (YUM).

YUM has also published a 2008 book,”Ebrei Piemontesi: The Jews of Piedmont” (see below).

When, 150 years ago, Italy became a unified country, the region of Piemonte was its center and the catalyst of its early development.

As the oldest minority in Europe, Italian Jews held a high stake in a process that sanctioned their emancipation, and they actively participated in shaping the new national life.

This evening of film, family history, and books will introduce the public to a fascinating landscape of culture, intellectual vision, and social mobility.

Ebrei Piemontesi: The Jews of Piedmont

The first major settlement of Jews in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy began in the 14th century, when émigrés from France settled in the territories of the Duchy of Savoy on the Italian side of the Alps.

This volume, published in conjunction with the 1996 Yeshiva University Museum exhibition, presents nine essays by well-known scholars and specialists, providing an overview of the community history, along with articles on synagogue architecture, manuscript decoration, local Jewish cuisine (with recipes) and a translation from the memoirs of a 20th century rabbi.

The book features color images of selected artifacts from the Museum exhibition (paintings, manuscripts, prints, ceremonial silver and textiles), and photos of Piedmontese synagogues.

The 128-page softcover book includes a total of 43 color and B&W plates, and a map. The price is $16 for YUM members. Click here to download an order form.

Admission: students, free; general admission, $10; members, $5.

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