Sinagogue of Venice

Ethnic rivalries and synagogues
The Ghetto may have been populated by Jews, but it wasn't a melting pot. Residents came from a variety of countries, cultures, and social classes, making clashes (or at least open hostility) inevitable. This was most obvious in the building of synagogues, which eventually numbered five: one each for the German, Italian, Spanish, and Levantine communities, and a fifth, the Scuola Canton which may have been French, or may have created as a private synagogue for the families who undewrote its building expenses. (All five synagogues remain.  Three may be visited on a public tour, and two others, both in the Ghetto Vecchio are used for religious services on an alternating summer and winter schedule).


Freed by Napoleon, persecuted by Hitler. As Venice went into economic and political decline in the 1700s, the Ghetto sank with it and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1737. Sixty years later, Napoleon's troops brought an end to the Republic of Venice.


The Ghetto's gates were torn down, and Jews were given the same freedoms as other citizens of Venice. Many Jews chose to continue living in the Ghetto, however, and the Ghetto remained a focal point for the Venetian Jewish community until the German occupation during World War II, when some 200 Jews were deported and killed between 1943 and 1945.

Visiting the Ghetto today
The Jewish community in Venice has experienced a modest resurgence in recent years. About 500 Jews live in Venice, although the Ghetto itself has only about 30 Jewish residents.  Religious services take place in either the Scuola Grande Spagnola or the Scuola Levantina. The neighborhood has several Jewish shops, a book publisher, a social center, a rest home for the elderly, a museum, a yeshiva, and the kosher Gam Gam restaurant (run by Lubavicher Jews from New York).


Destination Weddings in the Synagogue of Venice


Location: The historical Jewish Ghetto (Jewish Quarter) of Venice is set on one of the beautiful piazzas in the heart of the city. The interior is considered one of the finest synagogues in Italy, the Schola Spagnola is a Sephardic synagogue with superlative interiors. Gilded chandeliers, beautiful marble floors, brass candelabras and  antique  furnish-


 ings create a very special atmosphere, ideal for couples wanting to celebrate a more formal and unique wedding. Types of Ceremonies Jewish Orthodox only.   Entertainment By Rabbi's approval.   Best time of year All year round.

Special Features
The Jewish Ghetto in Venice is the oldest ghetto in the world and was established in 1516 by the Ruling Council of Venice. There are 4 synagogues in Venice of different sizes in Venice; three are Ashkenazi, and one is Sephardic (Schola Spagnola).


The Schola Spagnola synagogue is breathtaking inside with a touch of Byzantine and a definite Venetian flavor.  It holds up to 250, but is fine for weddings with smaller groups too. The Chuppah used during the service dates several hundred years and the wedding party can arrive at the ghetto in a gondola.

For Orthodox couples wanting to celebrate their Jewish wedding in Italy, the Schola Spagnola is undoubtedly one of the finest synagogues in the country and the setting of Venice absolutely romantic!

A wedding in this Venetian synagogue is the ultimate Jewish wedding.


Skip the tour if you aren't able to climb stairs, since the Ghetto Nuovo's synagogues were built above street level for reasons of space, security, and religious law.

If you're Jewish, enjoy kosher cooking, and can't afford the prices at the Gam Gam restaurant, you can arrange to buy meals or kosher food at the rest home. See the Jewish Community of Venice Web site for details.



Levantine Scola

Ghetto Vecchio Venice

Getting There:

Boat 1 and 82 stop at S.Marcuola-Ghetto;

41, 42, 51 and 52 stop at Ponte delle Guglie-Ghetto; Run by the Jewish Community of Venice.



Elia Richetti
Sfardi - Italian
Open: winter
Opening Hours: Shacharit: Shabbos-Holidays 9:30am

of the Ghetto are available year-round at the Jewish Community Museum in the Campo Ghetto Nuovo, which has a large collection of religious objects and silverware. The tour has several morning and afternoon departures and lasts about 40 minutes. The price is a bit steep, but the three synagogues included in the tour are worth visiting if you're even remotely interested in Venetian history or Jewish culture. (You can also buy a combined ticket for the tour and the museum.)


Visiting times by appointment, to reserve call on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10 AM - 12 PM.


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