The UCEI, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, and its Bibliographical Centre “Tullia Zevi” are among the partners of our forthcoming conference, Sabbateanism in Italy and its Mediterranean Context (Rome, January 20-22, 2019).
The Bibliographical Centre was conceived in the 1980s on Tullia Zevi’s initiative (at that time President of the UCEI) and started functioning since 1990. Its main purpose is to rescue, gather, preserve and promote books, manuscripts and archival documents related to Italian Judaism and promote Jewish Culture. By establishing a centralised national centre, it aims to avoid the decay and the dispersion of such items.
The Bibliographical Centre hosts a BA in Jewish Studies run by the UCEI, fosters exhibitions, musical and pedagogical seminars, book launches and scholarly conferences on topics related to Judaism in all its multifaceted dimensions. Furthermore, the Bibliographical Centre actively supports researchers in fields such as the millennial Jewish presence in Italy, the Italian Risorgimento and the Italian Racial Laws.
The Bibliographical Centre is composed by four sub-sections. Archives: in addition to several personal archives and other special collections, this sub-section preserves the archives of the Communities of Pitigliano (XVII-XX centuries) and Senigallia (XVI-XX centuries) together with a collection of ketubboth once of the Communities of Senigallia and Ancona (searchable here: http://archiviostorico.ucei.it/ucei-web/). Library: more than 25,000 either old (XVI-XIX centuries) or early modern and modern books (including some manuscripts) originally owned by the Communities of Pitigliano, Pisa, Ferrara, Mantova and Siena (beside the Florence ones after the 1966 flood); over 15,000 items belonged to the Italian Rabbinical College and have been rescued by the Allies after the 1943 Nazi pillage (the modern collection is searchable here). Photographic collection: a unique collection of photographs, especially from the 1930s and 1950s, concerning the inner life of the Italian Jewish communities; an archive of more than 5,000 diapositives of places and objects of Jewish interest. A small Music collection hosts several liturgical recordings (synagogue chants according to the old rite of some of the Italian Jewish communities).
The Bibliographical Centre is open to visitors from Monday to Thursday.
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