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Oct 17th, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Attending synagogue in Venice.

A friend will be visiting us in Venice on a Friday and Saturday. She’s Jewish, so this Gentile will show her the Ghetto on the Friday, when shops are open, and treat her to a Kosher gelato. On the Saturday, she would like to attend synagogue (and will take my wife and I, which will be a great cultural experience for us).

Can anyone advise synagogue times and locations in the Ghetto?

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Peter
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Oct 17th, 2012, 06:44 PM
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Hello, Peter
I came across this question by accident and I have not been to Venice, but I hope I can offer some help. Other swho have visited recenly can fill in details
For many synagogues in Europe, it's agood idea to contact the Rabbi or community leader in advance of your visit.
For example, for this synagogue in Venice, note the security requirements
http://www.jewishitaly.org/detail.asp?ID=78

Different denominations will have different requests for men and women regarding dress code and seating in the synagogue so it's very good to know those in advance.
I hope you have a great visit with your friends
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Oct 17th, 2012, 07:07 PM
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AlexA, thanks for that reply, particularly regarding security, cameras and phones - none of which I had thought of.

And the web addrsss ia a help.
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Oct 18th, 2012, 04:34 AM
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The only one I have seen was in the Calle Ghetto Vecchio off the Fondamente Pescaria.

In a nearby square further down the Calle Ghetto Vecchio were a lot of posters of Menachem Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who founded the Chabad movement. I assume that there is a Chabad House there. These are controversial among Jews, so I would ask her which of the two she would prefer.
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Oct 18th, 2012, 05:09 AM
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If you look on the Jewish Museum website http://www.museoebraico.it/english/
you can book guided tours to the Ghetto synagogues. We were fascinated by the fact that they are pretty well invisible behind huge closed doors. I remember that two of them have services. The guide would certainly tell you which ones they are.
If you are touring the synagogues, it might be a good idea to take a hat with you although caps are available to be borrowed.
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