Santa Maria di Siponto, 1117 A.D.

One the most famous centers for Jewish culture in Apulia was in Siponto. Many students from this town went to Mespotamia in the early eleventh century, in order to follow the lessons of the Babylonian Talmud. Upon their return they founded an influential Talmudic education center, headed by Rabbi Leon Elhanan.

Historical Figures

Pesaro occupies an important position in the history of Hebrew publishing. Abraham b. Ḥayyim “the Dyer” worked in Pesaro before moving to Ferrara in 1477. In 1507, Gershom Soncino opened a printing house in Pesaro and worked there with limited interruption until 1520. He produced, besides books in Italian and Latin, an impressive range of classical […]