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The U. Nahon Museum Collection

The collection of the Museum of Italian Jewry, named after S. A. Chahin, numbers nearly 3,000 items. While a significant part of the collection consists of Judaica items - menorahs, pomegranates, crowns, scrolls of Esther, etc. - there are many other items in the collection. The treasures kept in the collection and displayed The museum represents most of the Jewish communities that lived in Italy over almost 2000 years of exile. 

The earliest item in the collection - a stone tablet engraved with the inscription "Know before whom you stand" - dates from the 14th century, while the latest item - a work of art by the artist Leo Contini (1939-2020) - was created only a few years ago.  The collection also includes several items of national and international importance, such as the oldest Ark of the Covenant in Israel and one of the oldest in the world from 1543, the oldest parochet (Torah Ark Curtain) in the world from 1572, letters written by the state contract Benjamin Ze'ev Herzl, and more. 

The museum team is working on uploading the entire collection to the website, and exposing it to the general public. ​ In the meantime, here is a little sneak peek for you...

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