Jewish Life in Piedmont
August 29-September 6, 2022
Led by Professor Shalom Sabar and Dr. Kathy Aron-Beller
Jews appeared in the duchy of Savoy as early as 1297, but the majority seems to have moved to Piedmont from France in the wake of the expulsion of 1394. Savoyard rule was then well established and provided for a stable and organized duchy which allowed for the spread and growth of Jewish settlements. The Dukes thought of the Jews as their “wards” and provided them with protection in exchange for taxation. The local population though initially hostile to the arrival of the Jews (and several violent incidents are chronicled) soon accepted them and Jews gained more prominence within the Savoyard state. Jews involved themselves mainly in money-lending and medicine. By 1465, the Jews of Piedmont had surpassed those of Savoy in both population numbers and wealth. After a temporary expulsion in the 1560s, between 1569 and 1570 the duke opened his doors to expellees from the Papal States and issued an exceptional privilege granting residence permits, trading and banking rights, and protection from inquisitorial proceedings for all Jews, including Spanish and Portuguese marranos. His goal was to entice wealthy Jews from Spain and Portugal and Jewish merchants from Constantinople whose presence would create a trading hub there.
In Piedmont, various groups of Jews preserved traditions and liturgies from their places of origin. The extant synagogues are beautiful pieces of art, hardly known to the Jewish world. Piedmont’s cultural treasury and its attractive Judaic artifacts created locally, remain the most eloquent illustration of this small but important Jewish existence.
Mon Arrive in Milan. Transfer by bus to Turin, the cultural and commercial capital
Aug 29 of Piedmont. Late orientation followed by dinner in a vegan restaurant. TURIN
Tue Lecture: The Defining Characteristics of Jewish Life in Medieval and Early Modern Italy,
Aug 30 K.Aron- Beller
Lecture: The Jew as Other: The Changing Image of the Jews of Italy in the Mirror of the Visual Arts,
City sightseeing in Turin, known for its dominant Baroque style.
Continue to the Piazza Castello to visit the Royal Palace, a World Heritage Site.
Visit the Royal Library.
Continue to the Egyptian Museum, one of the best museums of ancient Egyptian art. TURIN
Wed Lecture: Jewish Women and Religious Life in Medieval Piedmont, K.Aron-Beller
Aug 31 Lecture: Judith and Esther – The Heroines of Hanukkah and Purim in Italian Art and Tradition,
Depart to Carmagnola to visit the restored synagogue of Baroque architecture.
View an exhibition of synagogues in Piedmont.
Continue to the village of Cherasco to visit the synagogue built in the ghetto period.
Travel to Alba, located in the heart of the Langhe wine region and also known as the gourmet
capital of Piedmont. TURIN
Thu Lecture Jewish Professions: Money-lending, Banking and Medicine, K.Aron-Beller
Sep 1 Lecture: Art and Imagination: The Torah Ark, Bimah and Wall Decorations of the Synagogues
in Piemonte, S. Sabar
Travel to Vercelli to visit the Jewish cemetery and tour the ghetto and the synagogue. Continue to Biella to visit the synagogue. TURIN
Fri Lecture: Piedmontese Ketubbah Decoration, S. Sabar
Sep 2 Visit the Turin Synagogue.
Visit the Terracini Archives, endowed with a substantial collection primarily related to the
history of the Piedmontese Jewish Community to view collection of old documents and
Visit the Mole Antonelliana, originally built to serve as a synagogue, as well as the
National Museum of Cinema, dedicated to the history of film.
Erev Shabbat Services followed by Kosher Shabbat dinner. TURIN
Sat Shabbat Services.
Sep 3 Kosher Shabbat lunch TURIN
Sun Lecture: Ghettoization: The Italian Version, K.Aron-Beller
Sep 4 Lecture: The Casale Pilgrim: The Image of the Holy Sites in the Art of Italian Jewry and its
Heritage in Eretz Israel, S. Sabar
Travel to Saluzzo to visit the synagogue with a beautiful ceiling fresco.
Continue to Cuneo which once housed one of the largest Jewish communities of Piedmont.
Travel to Mondovi to visit the synagogue with a gilded ark featuring a sculpted menorah. TURIN
Mon Lecture on the bus: The Coming of the Sephardi Traders and Marranos to Piedmont,
Sep 5 K. Aron-Beller
Travel to to Casale Monferrato to visit the Jewish Museum which includes the lavishly
decorated synagogue originally built in 1595 but redesigned in rococo style.
Continue to the Jewish quarter of Asti, one of the three communities founded by Jews expelled
from France in the 14th century, who carried on the French tradition.
Return to Turin for a farewell dinner in a vegan restaurant. TURIN
Tue Early departure for Milan.
Sep 6 Lecture on the bus: Piedmont Jewry in the 20th Century, K. Aron-Beller
Visit the typical post emancipation synagogue.
Visit the Last Supper (if tickets will be available)
Lunch in a kosher restaurant.
Visit the Brera Gallery with wonderful works of Italian artists from the 20th century.
Transfer to the airport for a late departure.
PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Prof. Shalom Sabar (Emeritus), Dept. of Folklore/Dept. of Art History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Kathy Aron-Beller, Lecturer in Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University
Price for land arrangements only: Euro 3595 per person in a double room
***EARLY REGISTRATION UNTIL MAY 31st: Euro 3545 per person in a double room***
Single supplement (Double room for Single Occupancy): Euro 660
Price is based on minimum participants
Price for airfare from Israel (Tel Aviv- Milan-Tel Aviv) USD 489 + 70 airport taxes
(Based on airfares in effect at time of publication and subject to change)
People joining us from abroad should meet us in the hotel in Turin or at the Milan (Malpensa) airport at the arrival of the El Al flight from Israel.
Deposit: Euro 850 with registration, of which 350 is non-refundable.
Remainder of payment is to be paid by June 26, 2022. Please register promptly as our trips fill quickly.
HOTEL TURIN PALACE, Turin
Via Paolo Sacchi 8
4 stars, A/C, wifi, minibar, coffee machine, hairdryer, spa
June 1-June 30, 2022…… .……....................25%
Jul 1-Aug 13, 2022……...….…..…..……….50%
Aug 14, 2022 -Departure.……….......…..…100%
Lectures by Prof. Shalom Sabar &
Dr. Kathy Aron-Beller
JHS Tour escort
Local English speaking tour guides
8 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel
hotel with daily buffet breakfasts.
Meals according to the itinerary
Local transport by bus
Entrance fees according to itinerary
Not included in the price:
Obligatory health and cancellation
travel insurance (which also covers Covid)
Tips Euro 90
Program subject to change: All rights are reserved by Jewish Historical Seminars to make
staff substitutions if necessary and/or make changes to the program and conditions as
required by force majeure, including cancellation of the trip at any time due to drastic
changes in the situation. Participants are reminded that weather conditions cannot be
predicted and cancellations or changes to visits may be unavoidable.
Each participant needs to be vaccinated against COVID.
Further information: Contact Debbie:Tel: 972.2.534.5191, Cell: +972.54.2212503 Fax: 972.2.5700005
The trip is run in conjunction with Ayala Tours, Jerusalem,