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Informations Points
Synagogues
Kosher Hotels
Accomodations
Jewish Tours
Shabbat Meals
Kosher Restaurants
Kosher Eateries
Kosher Stores
Kosher Caterings
Judaica Stores
Jewish Drivers
Jewish Attractions
Jewish Museums
Mikvahs
Jewish Schools
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Kosher Certifications
Jewish Cemeteries


What to do in Rome
From the Fiumicino FCO airport a driver to Rome will cost you approximately 50 euro, train tickets are approximately 11 euro per person.

During the week we recommend to stay in the Ghetto Quarter where most of the restaurants are located, for the weekend we recommend to stay in the Piazza Bologna or the Via Nazionale area.

For a comprehensive tour of Rome book the Jewish tour guides.

There is no Eruv in Rome.

Explore the former Jewish ghetto, Jewish Museum, Great Temple, Trastevere district, Jewish Catacombs, Roman Forum and the Arch of Titus. Visit the Gregorian Egyptian Museum part of the Vatican Museum and Ostia Antica.



History of Jewish Rome
For more than two thousand years Jews have lived in Rome, making it the oldest Jewish community in Europe. Traces of Jewish heritage are embedded throughout the city ranging from the ruins of Roman era synagogues, to ancient catacombs, to the grandiose turn of the century Great Synagogue on the banks of the Tiber.

The Jewish community in Rome dates back to 161 BCE when representatives sought help against Antiochus IV. Many Jews decided to move to Rome because it was a good trade center. After Titus destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the community expanded. Because they predate the division into Sephardic and Ashkenaz (those who went to Moorish Spain and those who went to northern or eastern Europe), the Roman Jews speak neither Landino nor Yiddish. They have their own language that is a mixture of Hebrew and Italian, and their own culture. Of course, when the Sephardic Jews were expelled from Spain by the Catholics in the fifteenth century or when Ashkenaz Jews had to flee their homes, some went to Rome.

In 1555 the Pope issued a decree that forced all Jews to live in a ghetto next to the Tiber River. Not only were Jews restricted to this area and excluded from most jobs. Every Shabbat they had to go to a nearby Catholic church to hear a priest preach conversion at them.

Only during the brief time that the citizens of Rome tried to set up a government separate from the Pope and when Napoleon conquered, were the Jews freed. When Italy was unified in 1870 the Ghetto was finally demolished.

Mussolini again enforced laws excluding Jews from schools and professions, but he did not carry out the genocide of German fascism. However, in 1943 the Germans occupied Italy. When the SS commander arrived in Rome, he told the rabbi that the community could be ransomed for 50 kilos of gold. The Jews frantically collected the gold from all their households and from Christian friends who would help. Two weeks after the 51 kilos were delivered, the SS began its raids, sending about 2091 of the 9,000 Jews in Rome to the death camps. Others hid in the ruins, in places like the Coliseum.

Now there are about 15,000 Jews, they are called Romanim, that’s because Jews trace their Roman roots back to the second century B.C.E., well before the larger Jewish Diaspora.

All Synagogues are Orthodox, which, like other local institutions, are funded by a voluntary tax on the city’s Jews. One thousand children attend the community’s school, which runs from kindergarten to 12th grade. There is also a small yeshiva, which serves to ordain Italian rabbis.

The Romanim keep their own traditions. Like Sephardim, at Passover, they eat not only matzah, but rice. And dating back to medieval days, they play musical instruments in the synagogue for such joyous events as weddings, although not on Shabbat or the High Holy Days.


Informations Points
Chabad Piazza Bologna (Help for visitors/tourists and students)
Rome
+39.333.813.0919
Responsible: Rabbi Menachem Lazar;
Jewish Community of Rome - Info Point
Via S. Maria del Pianto, 1 - 00186 Rome
+39.0698381030
Telephone: +39.3929734906;

Synagogues
Agudat Ashkenazim (Sephardi - Ari)
Via Balbo 33 - Rome
Open Daily services
Responsible: Rabbi Itzchak Hazan;
Beit Michael
Via di Villa Pamphili, 71c - Rome
Open Shabbos and Holidays
Responsible: Manhig Gadi Piperno; Email:
Bet Yackov (Sephardi)
Via Pozzo Pantaleo 46 - Rome
+39.06.5585398
Open Shabbos and Holidays
Responsible: Sion Burbea;
Beth El (Sephardi)
Via Padova 92 - Rome
+39.06.44242857 / 06.4403027
Open Daily services
Responsible: Shalom Tesciuba;
Beth Shalom (Italian)
Via Pozzo Pantaleo 52 - Rome
Open Daily services
Responsible: Rabbi Umberto Piperno; Telephone: +39.347.5080751;
Beth Shmuel (Sephardi)
Via Garfagnana 4/a - Rome
Open Daily services
Responsible: Lillo Naaman;
Chabad Monteverde (Bnei Romi)
Via Pianese, 27 - Rome
Open Shabbat and Holdays
Responsible: Rabbi Shalom Hazan;
Chabad Rome (Italian - Sfardi)
Via Grossi Gondi, 52 - Rome
Open Friday night and Shabbat afternoon services
Responsible: Rabbi Itzchak Hazan;
Di Castro (Italian)
Via Balbo 33 - Rome
+39.06.68400651-2
Open Shabbos and Holidays services
Responsible: Pino Arbib; Email:
Great Synagogue of Rome (Italian)
Lungotevere Cenci - Rome
+39.06.68400651-2
Open Daily services
Responsible: Security; Email:
Old Age Home (Italian)
Via Portuense 216 - Rome
+39.06.5595045
Open Shabbos and Holidays services
Or Yehuda (Sephardi)
Via Tripolitania, 52 - 00199 Rome
Open Daily and Shabbat
Responsible: Huani Mimun; Telephone: +39.393.3327895; Email:
Panzieri Fatucci - Tempio dei Giovani (Italian)
Piazza S. Bartolomeo all'Isola 21 - Rome
+39.06.68400651-2
Open Shabbos and Holidays
Spanish (Sephardi)
Via Catalana - Rome
+39.06.68400651-2
Open Daily
Responsible: Rabbi Cesare Moscati;
Tempio of Parioli (Sfardi)
Via Scarpellini, 14 - Rome
Open Friday night and Shabbat

Kosher Hotels
B&B Coffee Room
Via Giano della Bella 41 - Rome
Responsible: Avi and Maicol Fadlun;
Bed Breakfast & Cappuccino (Kosher Apartment Hotel)
Via Livorno, 1 - 00162 Rome
Responsible: Simone Ruben;
Black and White Suite
Via S. Maria del Pianto, 67 - Rome
Responsible: Umberto e Martina Di Veroli;
Cesar Palace (Kosher B&B)
Via Nomentana, 55 - 00161 Rome
Kosher B&B La Casa di Eva (Kosher Bed and Breakfast)
Via Giovanni Mingazzini, 16 - 00161 Rome
Responsible: Eva Gerbi Naccache;
Kosher B&B The Home in Rome (Kosher Bed and Breakfast)
Via Ravenna, 34 - 00161 Rome
Responsible: Eva Gerbi Naccache;
Kosher Delight (Guest House)
Via Giuseppe Veronese, 20 - 00146 Rome
Responsible: Avi Ouazana;
Lili's (Jewish family)
Via Enrico Stevenson, 17 - 00162 Rome
Responsible: Liliana;
Little Rhome Suites
Via Ripense, 4 - Rome
Malka Vacanze (Jewish Bed & Breakfast)
Via di Porta Fabbrica, 3 - Rome
Responsible: Mrs. Rossella;
My Guest Roma (Kosher B&B and holiday rental)
Via XXI Aprile, 12 - 00162 Rome
Responsible: Stefano Milano;
Rubin (Religious family)
Via Lega Lombarda, 37 - Rome
Certification: Rav I. Hazan (Chabad), Glatt, Chalav Israel
Responsible: Avraham Rubin;

Accomodations
Casetta di Trastevere (Kosher apartment)
Via della Lungaretta - Rome
Responsible: Lucilla Efrati;
Hotel S. Giusto
Piazza Bologna 58 - Rome
Hotel Viminale
Via Cesare Balbo, 31 - Rome
Rome Scout Center (Hostel)
Largo dello Scautismo, 1 - Rome
Trevi Apartment
Via Rasella - Rome
Responsible: Shirly Piperno;

Jewish Tours
5Scole (Ex-Ghetto, Trastevere, Ostia and Catacombs)
Rome
Responsible: Massimo Sciunnacche;
Jewish Roma (Walking Tours of the Synagogue and Ghetto, Vatican, Catacombs, Ancient Ostia and artistic Rome)
Rome
Responsible: Micaela Pavoncello;
Jews in Italy
Rome
Responsible: Jonathan Glück;
Rome for Jews (Tours of Jewish Rome and Jewish Vatican)
Rome
Responsible: David Walden;
Rome on Segway
Rome
Responsible: Uria Davidson;
Rome's Roads
Rome
Responsible: Natan Hamawi;
Sara Procaccia
Rome
Responsible: Sara Procaccia;
Unique Rome (Jewish Rome by Segway)
Rome
Responsible: Nir Alon;

Shabbat Meals
Chabad's Shabbat Meals Hospitality
Rome
Responsible: Rabbi Menachem Lazar;
Doctor Shakshuka in Rome (Italian and Oriental Catering with Delivery Service)
Rome
Certification: Rabbi Itzchak Hazan (Chabad), Glatt on request
Lisa Kosher (Eat In or Take Away)
Rome
Certification: Rabbi I. Hazan (Chabad), Glatt, Chalav Israel
Responsible: Bino Rubin;
Mazal Tov Mazon (Catering also for groups and delivery Service in the whole Italy)
Rome
Certification: Rabbi Itzchak Hazan (Chabad), Glatt
Responsible: Maier Babani;

Kosher Restaurants
BaGhetto (Israeli and Jewish Roman style Meat Restaurant)
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 57 - Rome
+39.06.68892868
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Glatt on request
Responsible: Amit Dabush;
BaGhetto (Oriental Meat Restaurant)
via Livorno 8/10 - Rome
+39.06.4404840
Certification: Beth Din Rome
BaGhetto Milky (Dairy)
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 2 - Rome
+39.06.6830.0077
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Chalav Israel
Bellacarne (Grill)
via Portico d'Ottavia 53 - Rome
+39.06 683 3104
Certification: Beth Din of Rome
Open Lunch and supper
C'è Pasta e Pasta (Dairy Pasta Restaurant and sale of Meat Pasta)
via Ettore Roli 29/31 - Rome
+39.06.58320125
Daruma Sushi Kosher
Piazza Bologna, 8 - Rome
+39.06.4404962
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Open Weekdays
Responsible: Dennis Tesciuba;
Dolce Kosher (Restaurant, bakery and ice cream)
Via Fonteiana,18 abcd - Rome
+39.06.5809940
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Pat Israel, Chalav Israel on request.
Responsible: Mino Zarfati;
Kosher Bistrot (Kosher Products and Fast Food)
Via Maria del Pianto, 68 - 00186 Rome
+39.06.6864398
Certification: Beth Din Rome
La Taverna del Ghetto (Meat Roman and Italian Cuisine)
Via Portico d'Ottavia, 8 - Rome
+39.06.68809771
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Raffi Fadlon; Email:
Little Tripoli (Meat)
Via Polesine, 16 - 00161 Rome
+39.0664220481
Certification: Beth Din Rome & Rabbi Itzchak Hazan (Chabad), Glatt
Open Daily
Responsible: Maier Bendaud; Telephone: +39.338.3071745; Email:
Yesh Steakhouse (Jewish Roman Meat Restaurant, Take Away and Delivery)
Via Silvestro Gherardi, 51 - Rome
+39.06.5561697
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Open Closed the last two weeks of August.
Yotvata (Dairy Italian and Roman Restaurant)
Piazza Cenci 70 - Rome
+39.06.68134481
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Chalav Israel - Mehadrin
Open Open all year round.

Kosher Eateries
Cremeria Romana (Dairy ice cream)
Via Portico d’Ottavia 1/b - Rome
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Not Chalav Israel
Responsible: Moti Mor;
Daruma Sushi Kosher (Take Away)
Via del Portico d’Ottavia 14 - Rome
+39.06.68891836
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Fonzie (The Burger's House)
Via S. Maria del Pianto, 13 - Rome
+39.06 6889 2029
Granelli di Pane
Via Avicenna, 15 - Rome
+39.06.99700425
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Kosher Cakes (Pastry shop)
Piazza Costaguti 21 - Rome
Kosher Cakes (Bakery)
Via Cremona, 37 - Rome
+39.340.7426976
Kosher Cakes
Via del Portico D'Ottavia 1a - Rome
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Ariel Bahbout;
Kosher Cakes (Bakery)
Via Michelangelo Pinto 10/16 - 00149 Rome
+39.066531328
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Ariel Bahbout; Telephone: +39.3938598192; Email:
Mamà (Kosher Food)
Via Portico d'Ottavia, 14 - 00186 Rome
+39.06.95061995
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Mashu Mashu (Israeli Fast Food)
Via S. Maria del Pianto, 3 - Rome
+39.0668192081
Certification: Beth Din of Rome
Master Kosher Meat (Fast Food)
Via Maria del Pianto, 66 - Rome
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Not Glatt
Master Kosher Milky
Via S. Maria del Pianto, 63 - Rome
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Chalav Israel
Mondo di Laura (Cookie shop)
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 6 - 00186 Rome
+39.06 68806129
Mondo di Laura (Cookie factory)
Via Tiburtina, 263 - Rome
+39.065880966
Certification: Beth Din of Rome
Open 8:30 am - 7:30 pm Friday: 8:30 am - 3 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Responsible: Laura Raccah;
Occhialone (Traditional Roman Bakery)
Via S. Gherardi 5/7 - Rome
+39.06.55282344
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Parve and Cholov Isroel
Pane al Pane (Bakery and Café)
Via Padova 78 - Rome
+39.06.44236816
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Chalav Israel
Yesh Sheni (Fast food)
Via S. Maria del Pianto, 64 - Rome
+39.3427746733
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Not Glatt

Kosher Stores
Antico Forno del Ghetto (Bakery)
Piazza Costaguti, 31 - 00186 Rome
+39.06.68803012
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Pat Israel
Babani Ben David (Meat Store)
Via Lorenzo il Magnifico, 70 - Rome
+39.06.44243959
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Bet Kosher (Kosher Products with Delivery Service)
via Cesare Pascarella, 36 - Rome
+39.06.45434231
Responsible: Alberto Terracina, David Moscati;
Centro Kasher (Meat Store)
Via Fonteiana 24a/26 - Rome
+39.06.66157796
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Claudio Spizzichino;
Da Zakino
Via Cremona 48a - Rome
+39.0644290570
Responsible: Zakino Hadoug;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Products)
Via Portico d'Ottavia, 11 - Rome
+39.06.68135002
Responsible: Avi Ouazzana;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Products and Meat)
Via S. Gherardi, 44 - Rome
+39.06.5572565
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Avi Ouazzana;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Store)
Via S. Gherardi, 18 - Rome
+39.06.5565231
Responsible: Avi Ouazzana;
Kosher Delight (Kosher Products, Meat and Fast Food)
Via Giacomo Boni, 18 - Rome
+39.06.44254461
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Kosher Wines - Supergal (wines and dry products)
Piazza Cenci 65 - Rome
+39.348 6914239
Pascarella (Meat Store)
Via C. Pascarella, 24/26-28 - Rome
+39.06.5881698
Certification: Beth Din Rome
Responsible: Graziano Spizzichino;
Rephael Hasitonaì (Meat Shop)
Via Francesco Maurolico, 28 - 00146 Rome
+39.06.55380050
Responsible: Raffaele Hassan; Telephone: +39.328 1685099;
Super Israeli (Butcher)
Via Stamira, 26 - Rome
+39.06 9604 9896
Certification: Beth Din of Rome
Terracina (Meat Store)
Via Maria del Pianto, 62 - 00186 Rome
+39.06.68801364
Certification: Beth Din Rome

Kosher Caterings
La Maison del Banqueting (Parties and Events)
Via Ugo Ojetti, 440 - 00137 Rome
Responsible: Pino Puggioni;
Le Bon Ton (Italian and Israeli Catering, Take Away and Shabbat Meals)
Via Casoria 19 - Rome
Certification: Beth Din Rome, Glatt and Chalav Israel by request

Judaica Stores
Kiryat Sefer (Book Shop)
Via del Tempio, 2 - Rome
+39.06.45596107
Saray Judaica Silverware and Jewelry
Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 14-15 - Rome
+39.06.6861763
Yud Preziosi (Silverware and Jewelry)
Via Napoleone III, 49/51 - 00185 Rome
+39.06.44.66.777

Jewish Drivers
Autonoleggio Moscato
Rome
Responsible: Vittorio Moscato;
Roma Travel Shuttle
Rome
Responsible: Remo Cohen;
Sem Caimi
Rome

Jewish Attractions
First Synagogue (now restaurant Spirito Divino)
Vicolo dell'Atleta, 13/15 - 00153 Rome
Jewish Catacombs
Via Appia - Rome
Pesach Sedarim (Hebrew and English)
Rome
Open The first and second night of Pesach.
Responsible: Rabbi Menachem Lazar;
Public Chanukah Menorah (Chabad Piazza Bologna)
Piazza Bologna - Rome
Open During Chanukah
Public Chanukah Menorah
Piazza Barberini - Rome
Open During Chanukah
Public Sukkah (Chabad Rome)
Piazza Barberini - Rome
Open Chol Hamoed Sukkot
Titus Arch
Via Sacra - Rome
Open Always.

Jewish Museums
Jewish Museum of Rome
Lungotevere Cenci 15 - Rome
+39.06.68400661

Mikvahs
Via Balbo 33 - Rome
+39.06.68400651-2
Certification: Chief Rabbi Di Segni (Community)
Responsible: Gabriella Dell'Monte; Telephone: +39.06.7214210 - 347.7169619;
Mikva of the Great Synagogue of Rome (Side by side)
Lungotevere Cenci 9 - Rome
+39.06.68400651-2
Certification: Chief Rabbi Di Segni (Community)
Responsible: Romina; Telephone: +39.333.4618750; Email:
Mikve Sara
Via Giuseppe Veronese, 119 - Rome
Responsible: Simonetta Moscati; Telephone: +39.3483393577; Email:

Jewish Schools
Gan Chaya (Nursery)
Via Grossi Gondi, 52 - Rome
+39.06.86217718
Gan Rivka (Nursery)
Rome
Jewish Community (Nursery through High School)
Via Portico d'Ottavia, 73 - Rome
+39.06.6833884

Jewish Music
Davka Project (Inspiring Jewish Music)
Rome
Responsible: Maurizio Di Veroli;
Mazal Tov Band
Rome
Responsible: Baruch Benny Fadlun;

Jewish Photographers
Ariel Nacamulli
Rome
Giacomo Spizzichino
Rome
+39.338.1111387
Micol Piazza Sed
Rome
Stefano Meloni
Rome
+39.347.7620509

Jewish Periodicals
Karnenu (Monthly)
Via P. A. Micheli, 53 - Rome
+39.06.8075653
Pensieri di Torà (Weekly Jewish Culture)
Rome
Shalom (Monthly Rome News)
Rome
Responsible: Advertisment; Email:

Kosher Certifications
Beth Din Rome (Rabbinical Office of Rome)
Lungotevere de Cenci, 15 - Rome

Jewish Cemeteries
Flaminio - Prima Porta
Viale Israelitica - 00188 Rome
Verano
Via Tiburtina - Rome
Open Daily

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