Jewish Community of Rome


IThe DiBAC (Department of Cultural Heritage and Activities of the CER) was established on 25 March 2010 and is made up of two sub-areas: the Historical Archive (ASCER) and the Center of Jewish Culture.

The DiBAC articulates its functions in the following sectors of Jewish culture in Rome: conservation, research, teaching and dissemination.

DiBAC’s mission also includes the income generation of cultural heritage and fundrising.

Currently the DiBAC acts under the aegis of the Department of Culture and ASCER.


Center of Jewish Culture

The Jewish Culture Center is the cultural service of the Jewish Community of Rome aimed at all those who want to learn about Jewish history, culture and tradition. Among its purposes is to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and fight anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice.

The Jewish language and culture courses to rediscover the historical, cultural and religious heritage of the Roman Jewish community, the debate on the fundamental themes of contemporary Judaism and on the current situation of Israel, the exhibitions, the shows, the educational projects, the interventions in schools are the cornerstones of an educational process that the Center has developed in over forty years of activity.

The Center organizes courses, conferences, conventions, exhibitions and shows often in collaboration with national and local bodies, institutes, foundations and public and private cultural associations.

The Center has a library of over 14,000 volumes of history, literature, Jewish thought, art, archeology, folklore and music relating to Judaism, the history and life of Jews around the world and in Israel.

The Jewish Culture Center is registered in the Register of Cultural Organizations recognized by the Lazio Region.

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ASCER - Giancarlo Spizzichino

The Historical Archive of the Jewish Community of Rome (ASCER) “Giancarlo Spizzichino” it is considered one of the most important archives in Europe for what concerns the history of the Jews and, in 1981, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage declared it of “significant historical interest”.

The ASCER contains mainly documents relating to the period between the beginning of the sixteenth century and the end of the nineties of the twentieth century for a total of 284 linear meters (more than 375 folders, 6,930 files and 1,555 registers).

The material, according to the latest regulation carried out in 1963 by Daniele Carpi, is divided into two sections:

  • Medieval and Modern Archive (16th-19th century), 80% rearranged under the guidance of the Superintendence for the Archival Heritage of Lazio by Silvia Haia Antonucci, Claudio Procaccia and Giancarlo Spizzichino z.l., including documents concerning the history of the Israeli University of Rome in the ghetto, or the Cinque Scole, the Confraternities, relations with the Papal State including the Jus Gazagà, the loan against interest, forced baptisms and the Casa dei Catecumeni, restrictions on the possession of Jewish books, harassment during the holidays Catholic;
  • Contemporary archive (19th-20th century) 100% reorganized under the guidance of the Superintendence for the Archival Heritage of Lazio by Silvia Haia Antonucci, Claudio Procaccia and Giancarlo Spizzichino z.l., including material relating to legislation, the construction of new synagogues, kindergartens children, the Cave shelter, the Jewish hospital, relations with Italian and foreign communities and national and local authorities, the first and second world wars, the attack on the Greater Synagogue in 1982, visits by popes at the Great Synagogue from 1986 onwards, to the personal data of their members.

In the ASCER there are also:

  • a Photographic Archive (scanned and filed by the company Win & Co. thanks to funding from the Lazio Region) which includes more than 9,000 images, taken from the end of the 19th century to the present day, concerning the ghetto area in the periods immediately preceding its destruction, the daily and religious life and institutions of the Jewish community of Rome from the end of the 19th century to the present day, including photos of the Land of Israel taken in the first decades of the 1900s
  • a Music Archive (currently being inventoried by Maestro Claudio Di Segni) in which 285 original scores are kept, to which have been added another 455 copies from the National Library of Jerusalem for a total of 740 scores, dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries, performed during the period of the ghetto inside the Cinque Scole and, subsequently, in the Tempio Maggiore in Rome.
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