The Pope’s Jews: A History of the Jews of Italy
Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Wednesdays, May 13, 20 & 27; June 3 & 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ken Blady, M.A., Educational Psychology, CSUEB, lecturer in history
Jews have lived in Italy from the pre-Christian Roman era to the present day. Persecutions and expulsions are a part of the story of their lives from the start, as the anti-Semitic writings of Seneca, Tacitus, and Cicero make clear. But there were also periods of flourishing art, science, commerce, and community building. Napoleon would introduce liberal religious policies, emancipating the Jewish community. Enclosure in ghettos and a return of the Inquisition rolled back such advances. Mr. Blady offers us a survey of the complex relationship between Italy—old and new—and its Jewish population. He takes us on an epic journey, filled with gains and losses, of a people trying not just to survive but also to thrive in Italy.
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 12:30 p.m.