Venice was for centuries a focal point for Jewish life and culture.

Against all odds, its Ghetto, founded as a place of segregation in 1516, became a cosmopolitan crossroads of different Jewish communities and an influential place for cultural exchange between Jews and non-Jews. Marking the Ghetto’s 500th anniversary in 2016, Beit Venezia (from the Hebrew bait – home) is a program for Jewish thought and culture, a bridge between the past and the future and between people of all cultures and religions, fostering the values of tolerance, diversity and coexistence. Beit Venezia enables both residents and international visitors to live, learn, and create in Jewish Venice.