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The online presentation has been created by Centro Primo Levi, in partnership with the Renato Maestro Jewish Library and Archive in Venice and the Library of Congress.

The project is part of the Carnegie Hall festival La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic  held in collaboration with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the Library of Congress and The Jewish Museum.

It was made possible through the generous support of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., Peter S. and Mary Kalikow, and the Cahnman Foundation with additional support from the David Berg Foundation.

Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio
Renato MiraccoCultural Attachè, Embassy of Italy Washington DC

Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Roberta Shaffer, Director, Law Library of Congress
Nathan Dorn Curator of Rare Books, Law Library of Congress
Dr. Ann Brener, Hebraic Collection, Library of Congress
Domenic Sergi, Library of Congress Digital Scan Center
Andrew Cook, Library of Congress Digital Scan Center
Tynesha Hubbard, Library of Congress, Law Library
Kevin Long, Library of Congress, Law Library

Gadi Luzzatto. At the inception of this project Gadi Luzzatto was scientific director of the Renato Maestro Library and he is now director of the Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation in Milan.

Natalia Indrimi, Executive Director, Centro Primo Levi New York
Alessandro Cassin, Director of Publishing, Centro Primo Levi New York

This presentation was conceived in connection with the Carnegie Hall festival dedicated to the music and culture of La Serenissima.
Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall
Jason Bagdade, Associate Artistic Administrator, Carnegie Hall.

We are grateful to Stefano Albertini, Director of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò and his wonderful team for their partnership on this and many other projects of Centro Primo Levi.

Web programming and design: Puja Devi
Images and photographs: Renato Maestro Library and Archive, Library of Congress, Mayank Austen Soofi. All other sources are specified in the captions.

Quia Amore Langueo: Song of Songs 2:1-5, “Ani chavatzelet haSharon” (I am the Rose of Sharon)” by Profeti della Quinta Music by Elam Rotem, interpreted by Doreen Schlepper, Orì Harmelin

Claudio Monteverdi, Pur Ti Miro, for cello quartet, The 4cellists

Arcangelo Corelli, La Follia

Domenico Scarlatti, Sonata in A major (K.322/L.483), Brayden Olson

Tarquinio Merula, Canzon La Ferrara

Derya Türkan, Ağıt (Uşşâk)

Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Fantasia in c minor, Caravaggio, Jose Miguel Moreno

Tradizioni musicali degli ebrei italiani dalla Collezione Leo Levi (1954-1961), a cura di Francesco Spagnolo, “Anthology of Musical Traditions in Israel” 14, Roma-Gerusalemme, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2001

Shofet kol ha-aretz, Aschkenasy; Chon tachon, Sephardi; Yigdal (Pesach), Ashkenazy

Two recent publications have been a reference in the development of this exhibit:

Chiara Camarda (ed.), The books of the Ghetto. Catalog of the Hebrew books of Jewish Community of Venice (secc. xvi-xx), (Il Prato, Padua 2016)

Donatella Calabi (ed.), Venice, the Jews, and Europe: 1516-2016, Marsilio Editore, 2016

That text that accompanies the presentation of books draws on several publications:

Marvin J. Heller, Further Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew Book, 2013

Marvin J. Heller, Unicums, Fragments, and Other Hebrew Book Rarities, 2014

Giuliano Tamani, Di alcuni stampatori in ebraico a Venezia nei secoli XVI-XVII-XVIII, 2015

Joseph R. Hacker (Editor), Adam Shear (Editor), The Hebrew Book in Early Modern Italy, 2011

Myron M. Weinstein, The First Deinard Collection of the Library of Congress, 2006

Ann Brener, Sixteenth-Century Hebrew Books at the Library of Congress, A Finding Aid.

Gerd Korman, Jews as a Changing People of the Talmud: An. American Exploration, 2001

Christian David Ginsburg, The Massoreth Ha-massoreth of Elias Levita, 1867

David Werner Amram, The Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy, 1909

Rav Alberto Mosheh Somekh, Aspetti peculiari del minhàg italiano, 2001

Kenneth Collins, Jewish Medical Students and Graduates at the Universities of Padua and Leiden: 1617–1740, 2013

Alessandro Marzo Magno, Bound in Venice: The Serene Republic and the Dawn of the Book, 2013

Robert C. Davis (Editor), Benjamin Ravid (Editor), The Jews of Early Modern Venice, 2001

David B. Ruderman (Editor), Preachers of the Italian Ghetto, 1992

David Malkiel, A separate republic : the mechanics and dynamics of Venetian Jewish self-government (1607-1624), 1991

Giuseppe Veltri, Renaissance Philosophy in Jewish Garb: Foundations and Challenges in Judaism on the Eve of Modernity, 2008

The beautiful images taken at the Renato Maestro Library and Archive are by Mayank Austen Soofi and we are grateful to him for allowing us to use them. Mr. Austen Soofi is the author of Delhi-based photographic essays, that appear on his website The Delhi Walla. Every day, he walks around the city with his camera and notebook to track down the part of extraordinary that exists in the seemingly mundane aspects of urban lives. In 2016, Mayank documented the daily life in the Jewish ghetto of Venice. http://www.thedelhiwalla.com/