500th anniversary of world’s first ghetto

Venice’s Jews celebrate their history on 500th anniversary of world’s first ghetto – Livia Albeck-Ripka – Haaretz 10.02.16
On 29 March 1516 the then-independent Republic of Venice segregated its Jewish population on a tiny polluted island that used to host a foundry (‘getto’ in the local dialect). Dwindling modern community hopes to get a boost from year-long calendar of events that includes US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice.’

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