The Sephardi Synagogue in Pesaro on Remembrance Day

Pesaro, Sephardi Synagogue, via delle Scuole

In Pesaro, I happen to work in my favourite down-town area, the old Jewish ghetto, whose streets’ names  are really picturesque: via delle Scuole (Schools street), via delle Botteghe (Shops street), via della Battaglia (Battle Street), via delle Vetrerie  (Glass makers street), via della Ginevra (Ginevra street), via dell’Abbondanza (Abundance street).

In the heart of the Jewish ghetto it is still possible, on Thursdays – from June to September –  to visit the Sephardi  synagogue from the XVIIth century that was built  during the golden age of Pesaro, when the town harbour – enlarged by Guidubaldo II Della Rovere – gained importance over the southern one of Ancona. Two different doors open up on the façade (a bigger one for men and a smaller one for women) leading to the ground floor where the furnace, the well and the pool for purification rites are to be found. On the first floor the Prayer Hall with an upper gallery for the tevah (Pesaro, via delle Scuole/via Sara Levi Nathan 25, info: Municipality of Pesaro, tel. +39 0721 387541).

Another site of the Jewish culture in Pesaro is the Jewish cemetery on the San Bartolo hill. Facing the East, located on a natural slope, the cemetery witnesses the ancient presence of the Jew in the city of Pesaro; a presence that contributed to build our local economical, civil and cultural identity.

The cemetery – built at the end of the 18th century by a large and flourishing community – spreads over about 6.700 square meters facing the sea and hosts 150 funeral monuments (the visible ones). It is located in the heart of the San Bartolo Park – a rarity in the whole Adriatic coast because of the high sea-cliffs which go from Pesaro to Gabicce. I love it in Winter, when the peregrine hawk attends the area, and in May-June when the broom covers the hills like yellow waves – talking about “brooms” please, please, please go and read Leopardi’s poem La Ginestra, “the wild broom” (Leopardi, by the way, was a “marchigiano” like me as he was born in Recanati, in the province of Macerata).

At the end of the San Bartolo Park, in Gabicce, about 20 kms north of Pesaro, you find what I believe to be the only kosher hotel in the Marche Region: the Grand Hotel Michelacci.

As today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, please take note that tonight at Rossini Theatre in Pesaro, there will be a concert in the memory of all the victims of the Shoah.

Concert at Rossini Theatre on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

4 comments

  1. I can see that you have a lot of information on Pesaro. I am a professional photographer who will be in Pesaro on April 23. I would very much like to photograph the synagogue and cemetery when I am there. Would it be possible to arrange an appointment with the municipality in Pesaro to do this? Please let me know. Thank you so much! Malka

    • Dear Malka,

      I am in Kiev right now and will get back to Pesaro on Saturday 16th.
      I think it is great that you are coming to Pesaro next April!
      Usually the synagogue and the Jewish cemetery are open in the Summertime, on Thursdays only.
      However, I will provide you with the contacts of the municipality and of the tourist information office (by the way, next week I will probably have a meeting with the tourist department of the Province of Pesaro and Urbino, and I will ask them about the possibilty for you to take pictures). I think that a little presentation of your works, story, etc. would help.
      Anyway, thank you for contacting me. I will do my best to get you to take pictures of the synagogue and of the cemetery.
      Besides, if you feel like, we could also meet for a coffee somewhere!
      A presto, Simona.

    • Dear Malka,

      as soon as I got back from Ukraine I collected some information for you.

      First of all, the Synagogye is open on the 3rd Sunday of each month until June (so, next April, it will be open on April 21st). Free entrance. Open in the morning from 10.00 am to 01.00 pm. Following some info (in Italian) on the Synagogue.

      http://www.pesarocultura.it/index.php?id=9217&tx_abaevents_pi1%5Babaevents%5D=2378&tx_abaevents_pi1%5BbackPid%5D=9218&cHash=58fece50bc

      If you are not in Pesaro on April 21st, you should contact the Municipality of Pesaro (Servizio Politiche Beni Culturali, Mr Giulio Oliva is in charge of the service): g.oliva@comune.pesaro.pu.it.

      I think that – in order to obtain the permission to take pictures inside – you should contact Mr Oliva anyway. If you explain him that you are a professional photographer I think he will be more than glad to allow you to take pictures.

      If I can help you any further, please let me know.

      Have a good day.

      Simona

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