Ashkenazi Jews in Italy during the long Renaissance (15th–17th centuries). New Perspectives on History and Culture

Convegno internazionale

Nei giorni 30 – 31 gennaio e 1 febbraio 2023, a Pisa presso il Centro Congressi Le Benedettine (Piazza San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno, 16), si terrà il convegno internazionale “Ashkenazi Jews in Italy during the long Renaissance (15th–17th centuries). New Perspectives on History and Culture”.

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Organizing Committee:
Claudia Rosenzweig, Pierre Savy, Alessandra Veronese

Scientific Secretary:
Mafalda Toniazzi


Monday, January 30th, 2023

9:30-10:00 – Registration

10:00-10:30 – Opening and Institutional Greetings
Riccardo Zucchi, Rector of the University of Pisa
Maurizio Gabbrielli, President of the Jewish Community of Pisa

10:30 – 11:00 – Alessandra Veronese (University of Pisa), Introductory lecture

Ashkenazi Jews in the Archives I
Chair: Mafalda Toniazzi (University of Pisa)
11:00 – 13:10

Renata Segre (Independent Scholar),
Mestre e la Terra Santa: due temi di storia ebraica / Mestre and the Holy Land: Two Themes of Jewish History

Angela Möschter (Independent Scholar),
The Jews of Treviso in the 15th Century: Examples for New Concepts of Space and Culture

13:10 – 14:30 – Lunch

Ashkenazi Jews in the Archives II
Chair: Mafalda Toniazzi (University of Pisa)
14:30 – 16:20

Rachele Scuro (Ca’ Foscary University of Venice),
The Ashkenazim in Venice and the Venetian State (15th-16th centuries): from the Terraferma to the Capital

Pierre Savy (Université Gustave Eiffel),
Manno and his Relatives: an Ashkenazi Success Story in Renaissance Italy

16:20-16:40 – Coffee Break

‘Italo-Ashkenazi’ Jews in the Italian Peninsula and Abroad
Chair: Serena Di Nepi (Sapienza University of Rome)

Rainer Barzen (University of Münster),
Jews from Ashkenaz or Ashkenazi Jews? Self-Designation and Self-Perception of Jews from the German Lands in Medieval and Early Modern Italy

Giacomo Corazzol (CNRS-IRHT, Paris),
The Influence of Ashkenazi Immigration and Halakhic Culture in Late Medieval and Early-Modern Candia

Alexandre Beider (Independent Scholar),
Names Used by Ashkenazic Jews in Italy during the Renaissance

19:30 – Dinner

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

The Languages and Literature of Ashkenazi Jewry in Italy
Chair: Serena Grazzini (University of Pisa)

Michael Ryzhik (Bar-Ilan University),
Yiddish Lemmata in Elye Bokher’s HaTishbi and David de’ Pomis’ Tsemah David

Claudia Rosenzweig (Bar-Ilan University),
Additions to the Catalogue ‘Yiddish in Italia’

11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

Halakhah and Minhag
Chair: Rav Riccardo Di Segni

Edward Fram (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva),
Ashkenazic Self-Identity in Italy: Evidence from a Sixteenth-Century Yiddish Legal Handbook

Avriel Bar-Levav (The Open University of Israel),
From Italy to Ashkenaz: The Case of Jewish Deathbed Literature

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch

Ashkenazi Culture
Chair: Fabrizio Franceschini (University of Pisa)
15:00 – 17:00

Omer Ahituv (Bar-Ilan University),
The Manuscript Ginzburg 109 by Menakhem Olderdorf as a Window into Italian Ashkenazi Culture

Rav Riccardo Di Segni,
Genes, Genius, and Blood in Ashkenazi Communities

Avery Gosfield (Independent Scholar),
A Musical Look at the Yiddish Poems in Ms. Canonici Or. 12

!7:00 – 17:30 – Coffee Break

Keynote Lecture
Chair: Claudia Rosenzweig (Bar-Ilan University)
17:30 – 18:30

Lucia Raspe (Salomon Ludwig Steinheim Institute, University of Duisburg-Essen),
The German-Jewish Emigration to Fifteenth-Century Italy and its Impact on the Ashkenazic Canon in Print

19:30 – Dinner

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Ashkenazi Jews and Print Culture in Early Modern Europe
Chair: Alessandra Veronese (University of Pisa)

Olga Sixtová (Charles University, Prague),
The Italian Connection. New Printers Appearing in Prague around 1600 and the Goods They Smuggled

Andrea Schatz (King’s College, London),
Ashkenazic Trajectories: Reading Farissol’s Orhot ‘olam in Kraków and Prague

Pavel Sládek (Charles University, Prague),
Repeated Editions as an Indicator of Cultural Change, Progress and Stagnation: Italy and the North (1550–1630)

!1:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 – Round Table

13:00 – Lunch

In the Afternoon: Jewish Pisa Tour (Cemetery, Synagogue, Historical places)

Conference Poster

Conference Program

Informazioni e contatti

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