for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Venice ghetto

last wednesday evening (26th july), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3 (repeated from 6.45pm sunday 5th march 2016)
the venice ghetto (presented by jerry brotton) (in the sunday feature series)

“To mark the 500th anniversary of the Venice Ghetto, Jerry Brotton travels to the city to discover how this ghetto became to be the first of its kind in the world.
He finds that rather than living in isolation, the Jewish community of Venice was open to cultural exchange with Christian neighbours. It became a place of refuge and attracted Jewish migrants from other parts of Europe to live on the island in the city.
Jerry Brotton brings the story up to date with an examination of what the word ‘ghetto’ means to us today, in a North American context and with reference to contemporary events in Europe”

including contribution from …
shaul bassi, director of the venice centre for international jewish studies
(see also
(if you missed it, available at


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