Venice's Jewish community goes back at least to the 11th Century. As the Venetian Republic grew into a powerful trading nation, Jews flocked to Venice from Germany, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and points beyond. By the 1600s, there were an estimated 5,000 Jews living in Venice. Numbers declined after the Ghetto was created in 1516, and the last 200 or so Jews were shipped off to concentration camps during World War II.
Today, Venice's Jewish population is growing again, although its numbers are small and are skewed toward Lubavicher Jews who have moved into Venice from other cities in Italy and abroad. For Orthodox Jewish tourists, the increased vitality of Venice's Jewish community means that kosher hotels and eating places are now readily available.
Aerial Venice: Ghetto
Ebraico di Venezia
Hotels and restaurants:
Kosher House Giardino dei Melograni
Gam Gam Kosher
The Midwife of Venice
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