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Past EventsSunday, February 26

Shaul Bassi, Paulo Gnignati, Jacqueline Nicholls and Aviad Stollman: Jewish Venice

Shaul Bassi
Paulo Gnignati
Jacqueline Nicholls
Aviad Stollman

This event took place on Saturday 25th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

Shaul Bassi masterminded the events in the summer of 2016 to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of the Venetian Ghetto, including the production in Italian of The Merchant of Venice. Paulo Gnignati is current President of the Venetian Jewish community; Jacqueline Nicholls was one of the eight artists commissioned to design the etchings for a new Venice Haggadah; and Aviad Stollman, who was involved in last summer's events, is Head of Collections at the NLI. With many visual images on display, they discuss the half-millennium of Jewish life in Venice.

Sponsored by the National Library of Israel.

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Shaul Bassi is associate professor of English and postcolonial literature at Ca’Foscari University of Venice. He was involved in multiple literary and cultural projects related to the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto of Venice (1516-2016). 

Paolo Gnignati is a lawyer and President of the Venice Jewish Community. He was chairman of the Venice Ghetto 500 committee, which reflected on the origin, present and future of the Venetian Ghetto. 

Jacqueline Nicholls is a London based visual artist and Jewish educator. She uses her art to engage with traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. She co-ordinates the Art Studio and other Arts & Culture events at JW3, and regularly teaches at the London School of Jewish Studies. Jacqueline’s art has been exhibited in solo shows and significant contemporary Jewish Art group shows in the UK, USA and Israel, and she was recently artist-in-resident in Venice with Beit Venezia.


Aviad Stollman is the Head of Collections and formerly the Judaica Curator at the National Library of Israel. He holds a PhD in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and carried out postdoctoral research at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas, Austin. Stollman's publications are in the areas of Talmud, and the philosophy and history of Halakhah.

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