Rome’s Jewish Ghetto: History, Community, and Resistance

American Academy in Rome

Andrew Kranis (B.A., Duke; M.Arch, Columbia) is Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a winner of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Rome Prize Fellowship. He teaches design and urbanism courses on the Art and Architecture faculties of Temple University, University of Arkansas, Penn State and other Rome Study Centers.  An award-winning architectural and environmental designer, as well as a LEED-accredited specialist in sustainable architecture, Kranis designs and teaches with a passion for resource conservation and for smarter cities. He runs an architectural practice from New York City and Rome, and is an experienced tour guide who developed innovative online tours to bring virtual travelers to the Eternal city during the pandemic.



Jewish and Italian History are merged as the infamous Ghetto of Rome is ‘liberated’ upon the ascension to the throne of King Victor Emmanuel II, in 1870. Rome leaves behind its thousand-year rule by the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish Community of Rome is freed from more than 300 years of house arrest. This 7-acre patch of dense urban fabric in the heart of Rome has come to symbolize Jewish solidarity as well as the successful assimilation of a pre-diaspora migration of Jews from the Holy Land to join the patchwork of ancient Roman society.



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Jewish History in Rome

Sincere thanks for this review. It would have been interesting to hear more about the specific worshipping and rituals of the different “schools”.

2 years ago
Kim Patridge

Jewish Getto in Rome

I enjoyed this lecture from beginning to end! The part I enjoyed most was the structure of the lecture. Breaking it in two parts first the lecture and then touring the Jewish Ghetto was really effective. I know one thing for sure when I go there I’m gonna get cheese cake!

2 years ago
Nathan Isikoff

Innovative presentation

Andrew is a knowledgeable and articulate expert on the subject. In addition, he lives the life about which he speaks. I would encourage any Jew or person interested in the history of Jews in Rome, to listen to this presentation beforehand. Coincidentally, my wife and I just returned from Rome last week where we spent time in the Ghetto. I wish I had seen the Andrew’s presentation before the trip.

2 years ago

Excellent review – history coming to life. Thanks.

2 years ago
Walter Ariker

History, theology and culture

One of the best talks we have heard at One Day. We have been to
the Ghetto several times and stayed at a hotel across the river
from Trastevere. The speaker perfectly captures the sense of
place while giving us the history of Jews and Romans and
the manner in which their lives and culture intersected.
And in just one hour! Would love to visit Rome with him again.
Please invited him back.

2 years ago
Gladwyn Leiman

Innovative and informative

Comprehensive, new, fresh and compelling. Thank

2 years ago
Wendy Meer

Rome’s Jewish Ghetto

Very impressive lecture. I’ve been to Rome more than once and have learned a lot. I must say a learned a great deal in this hour lecture through the presenter’s great knowledge, insight, tools and presentation skills. Thank you very much.

2 years ago
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