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Ancient Rome and Judea: Julius Caesar to Tiberius

Ancient Rome and Judea: Julius Caesar to Tiberius

Last time in our series about ancient Rome and Judea, we looked at when the Jews first made contact with the Roman Republic, forming a close alliance against a common enemy, the Seleucids, in the mid-2nd-century BC. This alliance lasted around 100 years, until 64 BC, when Pompey Magnus invaded Judea, captured Jerusalem, and established […]

Coins of the Jewish-Roman Wars: Judaea Capta

Judaea Capta: the Siege of Jerusalem by David Roberts

Judaea Capta Part 1: Judaea Capta The summer of 70 AD scorched as the sun beat down over Judaea, baking its desert sands. For the Roman legions surrounding Jerusalem’s city walls, the bright light reflecting off their armour was blinding. But for the people of Jerusalem, these were the darkest of days. On August 30th, […]

History of the Jews in Rome: the turbulent 15th century


The history of Jews in Rome is fraught with turbulence.  Living alongside their Christian neighbors, they were subject to alternations of acceptance and suspicion, tolerance and persecution.  The view of the Church and State throughout much of the Middle Ages had its roots in a position taken by Pope Alexander II. In 1063, he decreed […]

Shavuot is coming


Shavuot is coming The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It celebrates the completion of the seven-week Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot. The Torah was given by G‑d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai on Shavuot more than 3,300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G‑d’s […]

Kosher Meals to Go for Jewish Tourists and Students in Rome

Carciofo alla giudia: a delicacy from one of our Kosher Cooking Classes

While in Rome you can still have your delicious kosher meals easily and fast. If you are planning to go studying abroad or a trip amongst history, magnificent ancient architecture, great food and still respect your jewish dietary law, the city of Rome is your perfect destination. In Rome, kosher meals are delivered to your […]

Ancient Rome and Judea: Judas Maccabeus to Julius Caesar

Rome Colosseum

Something that always surprises people is just how far Roman and Jewish history goes back. Essentially everything you see in Rome – from the temples of the Roman Forum to the iconic Colosseum – was built after the Roman Republic first came into contact with the people of Judea, way back in the mid-second century BC. The year was […]