The Venice Ghetto was founded in 1516 as a place of segregation. Against all odds, it became a cosmopolitan crossroads of different Jewish communities and an influential site of cultural exchange between Jews and non-Jews. This is the vision that inspires Beit Venezia (from the Hebrew bait – home), which aims to promote Jewish thought and culture and serve as a bridge between people of all cultures and religions.
Beit Venezia invites both residents and international visitors to live, learn, and create in Jewish Venice. In cooperation with international partners we foster education, research and artistic expression. Our programs include conferences, lectures, residencies and performances.
Beit Venezia is operated by the Centro Veneziano di Studi Ebraici Internazionali, a government-certified Italian non-profit Foundation and its twin US 501(c)3 non profit organization, the Venice Center for International Jewish Studies.
The Board of Beit Venezia
Marc M. Epstein, Professor at Vassar College N.Y. – Managing Director (Direttore)
Shaul Bassi, Professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – President (Presidente)
Murray Baumgarten, Distinguished Emeritus Professor at UC Santa Cruz – Board Member (Consigliere)
Giuseppe Balzano, Institut d’Etudes du Judaisme – Board Member (Consigliere)
Guido Sesani, Revisore dei conti
The Board of the Venice Center for International Jewish Studies, Beit Venezia’s twin US nonprofit organization
Murray Baumgarten – Managing Director
Marc M. Epstein
Frances Katz Levine