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“Excellent example of Italian Jewish culture”
Review of Sinagoga di Siena

Sinagoga di Siena
Ranked #30 of 153 things to do in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Many people do not know of the existence of a separate Jewish branch in Italy; the Jews have played some part in Italian culture since ancient Rome and Italian Jews are not necessarily Sephardic (rather the same as Iraqi Jews are a branch unto themselves).
This beautiful synagogue has been refurbished and has a new rabbi, all the more remarkable considering the small size of Siena's Jewish community!
If you are VERY lucky the tour is given by a congregant, who is a lifetime member of this small community.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

I arrived shortly before closing and cannot comment on the quality of the tour one might be offered, but I was pleased to have a few minutes to look round this small, currently non-operational synagogue.
I was somehow glad that the woman at the ticket desk was Jewish. I was reminded of going to visit a synagogue in Provence, now a museum preserving the architecture and cultural artefacts of a vanished people now appreciated for their tourist value - as in Krakow, or the long-banished Moors of Granada.

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Among the treasures of art and history that Siena encompasses, this can certainly be considered minor; but a visit to the synagogue helps to better understand the context of the city in the past. The visit is suggestive because of the mystical atmosphere that the temple inspires (as often the synagogues do), and makes clear that even in Siena in early modern times there was a Jewish community, though - judging by the size of the synagogue - not very large. A plaque affixed few years ago on the facade commemorates a horrible episode, useful for remembering - to those anaware - that persecution of the Jews certainly didn't begin with Nazism: it is recalled that in 1799 the reactionary, anti-Jacobin militias (locally called "Viva Maria") burned alive on nearby Piazza del Campo the Jews that they were able to identify.

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Reviewed August 22, 2017
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Reviewed June 26, 2017
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