Shalom

Welcome to Florence!

Your presence here is precious to us, and we’ll do our best to make your stay in Florence something special and memorable.

The Florence Jewish Community is small, but – as most communities in Italy – it has been here for a very long time and cherishes its own age-old traditions. Florence is not one of the oldest communities in Italy (the Roman Jewish community, for example, is more than 2200 years old!); but still its history reach back to many centuries ago, and if you will you’ll have the chance to get in touch with an important and perhaps unexpected chapter of Jewish history.

Today, as it always has, the community offers everything needed for a Jewish life: a shul, open for services on Shabbat, festivals, and every Monday and Thursday morning (on weekdays, if you wish to know whether a minyan is expected, please contact us in advance); kosher food, either to buy and cook at home or to eat in our kosher restaurant and cafe; a mikveh; a kindergarten; and a community center just next to the synagogue that coordinates the many Jewish activities in town, and can help you in preparing for your stay.

Usually on Shabbat (and certainly on major Festivals) we will have a kiddush after services, just next to the shul, and you are very much welcome to join in and meet us whether we’re expecting you or not: please understand that we need to have security checks at the entrance to the shul and JCC, so if you plan on coming and you do introduce yourself to us beforehand, it will make everything easier – but it’s not required.

You’ll find detailed information below; please don’t hesitate to contact us for any specific request. You can reach the JCC staff at the numbers and emails above and below, and also write to the JC board delegates for welcoming visitors: Enrico Fink at mail@enricofink.com (for English speakers).

More Information:

SYNAGOGUE – This is an Orthodox Synagogue. We have services on Sabbath and holidays. On Saturday morning the Synagogue is open from 8.45 a.m. until 11.45 a.m.- Following services there is a public Kiddush, and we hope you will join us. For Friday night Shabbat services time table, ask in the office.

The entrance for the synagogue for Holidays is free, but you may reserve seats at the cost of 50 euro each. To reserve seats send an email or fax (+39.055.241811) with your credit card number (Visa or MasterCard), your name, and the date of expiration with CVV2 (Card Security Code) as well a list of the people attending, separating men from women. You can also use paypal with our email info@firenzebraica.it or see http://moked.it/jewishflorence/payments-and-donations/

How to Reach Us: Location: Both the synagogue and the Jewish museum are located on Via Farini 6, 50121, Florence.

How to get there:

On foot: one minute from Piazza d’Azeglio, five minutes from Piazza Beccaria, 20 minutes from the central train station (Stazione FS SMN).

By bus: Bus lines: 6, 14, 23, 31; Bus stop: Colonna 01. (http://www.ataf.net)

By car: paid parking S. Ambrogio, is available in Piazza L. Ghiberti, five minutes by foot from the synagogue. (http://www.firenzeparcheggi.it/)

Informations: For security reasons, cameras, mobile phones and video cameras are not allowed inside the synagogue. There are secure lockers in the vestibule.

Accessibility: The Synagogue and the first floor of the Museum as well as the rest rooms are fully accessible to wheelchairs and guests with movement disabilities. The second floor of the Museum is only partially accessible.

THE SYNAGOGUE and THE JEWISH MUSEUM – Via L.C. Farini 6

Opening hours:

June-September: Sunday/Thursday: 10.00 a.m / 6.30 p.m.

Friday: 10.00 a.m / 5.00 p.m – Saturday closed

October- May: Sunday/Thursday: 10.00 a.m/ 5.30 p.m

Friday: 10.00 a.m – 3.00 p.m – Saturday closed

Please note: the ticket office closes 45 minutes before the scheduled closing time

The Synagogue and Jewish Museum are closed in 2013 on the following days: January 1; Pesach (March 25-26-27, April 1-2); Shavuoth (May 15-16); Tisha B’Av (July 16); Rosh Hashanà (September 4-5-6); Kippur (September 13-14) ; Sukkot (September 19-20); Shemini Atzeret (September 26); Simchat Torà (September 27); December 25. On September 18 and 25, the Synagogue and Jewish Museum will be closed at 5.00 p.m

On Jewish Holidays and Saturdays the Museum is closed and the Synagogue is open only for religious services

Visiting the Synagogue and Museum

The public may visit the Synagogue and Museum in several ways:

- Every half hour, brief introductory presentations, alternating in Italian and English, are offered as a free service at a designated meeting point inside the Synagogue entrance and at the first floor of the Museum.

- Fully guided tours, lasting approximately 60 minutes, are offered to groups and individuals, by advance reservation, in several languages. Thematic tours are available based on your group’s particular interest

- Guided tours and workshops for school groups, may be arranged by advance reservation only.

There will be a presentation for teachers of the Museum’s educational programs at the beginning of the school year.

Admission fee: Ticket prices are valid until December 31 2014

Regular: 6,50 euro (includes introductory presentation); reduced : 5 euro Children aged 6 – 14; students* aged 15 – 26; journalists*; groups of more than 20 people; visitors in possession of tickets of the Jewish Museum of Venice and the Synagogue of Siena* (*with valid identification)

Free: Firenze Card holders; children under 6; aides accompanying handicapped visitors; teachers accompanying school groups (two free admissions for every 15 students); guides accompanying groups (one free admission for every 20 persons in the group).

Guided tours to the Synagogue and Museum (60 minutes)

5 euro: (fare applied for groups of at least 20 paying people)

School groups

Guided tours: 3,50 euro ( fare applied for classes of at least 18 paying people)

Workshop: 4,50 euro ( fare applied for classes of at least 15 paying people)

Further Information and Reservations: Società Cooperativa Culture

Phone: +39 055 2346654 – 0552466089 – e-mail: sinagoga.firenze@coopculture.it

Private Tour – If you prefer a private Tour Guide for the Jewish area and the city and province of Florence please contact Giovanna Bossi Rosenfeld – Via degli Artisti 29 – 50129 Florence – phl/fax: +39.055.5532949 – mobile: +39.335.6781831 – e.mail: info@jewish-florence.com – www.jewish-florence.com (tour available in Italian, English and French) – Flavia Careri, phone +39.055.287725 – +39.329.6199650 – email: flavia.careri@virgilio.it (tour available in Italian, English and Hebrew) – Matthias Feldmann phone +39.055.355541- +39.339.6330090 – email m.feldmann@tin.it (tour available in Italian, English and Deutsch).

COMMUNITY OFFICE – Via L.C. Farini 4 – 50121 Firenze; From Sunday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (closed Sunday in July and August) (+39.055.245252; Fax+39.055.241811; E-mail: comebrfi@tin.it

DONATIONS: You can give us a donation by sending your credit card number (Visa or MasterCard) and EXP DATE with CVV2 (Card Security Code) and your address where the Community will send you a confirmation receipt of your offer within a few days. You can also use paypal using our email info@firenzebraica.it or http://moked.it/jewishflorence/payments-and-donations/

KOSHER FOOD:

- Kosher Butcher & Poulterer shop: FALSETTINI S.Ambrogio Market – ph.055.2480740 – open from Wednesday to Friday (9.00-11.30);

- Kosher meals: “RUTH’S KOSHER VEGETARIAN FOOD” and kosher products- For large orders, booking in advance is suggested; run by Simcha Jelinek – Via Farini 2/a ph. 055.2480888 – http://www.kosheruth.com/ info@kosheruth.com – Open from 12.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. – Kosher Le Mehadrin, supervision of Rav Joseph Levi. Special dinner and lunch after Shabbat service. “Take away” and delivery to all hotels in Florence is available. Booking required for Shabbat meals and groups; Kosher Catering.

Other Products : see http://www.morasha.it/pagineoro/prodotti.html and http://web.tiscali.it/jwishenetit/ListaKasher.html – http://www.italykosherunion.it/

JUDAICA: Synagogue Gift Shop – Souvenirs: Via Farini 6 Phone: +39 055 2346654 – 0552466089

The Museum Shop at the entrance to the Synagogue offers a wide selection of Judaica, jewerly, postcards, books, gift and other items. An automatic vending machine for hot and cold drinks is available on the site.

MIKVEH: to reserve phone to the secretary office (ph. 055.245252 – email: info@firenzebraica.it – price 25,00 euro)

HOTELS: The following hotels are located near the Synagogue:

***** REGENCY – Piazza d’Azeglio n.3 – ph. 055.245247; E-mail: info@regency-hotel.com www.regency-hotel.com

**** HOTEL CALIFORNIA – Via Ricasoli 28/30 – ph 055.282753/283499; fax 055.216268; E-mail info@californiaflorence.it; www.californiaflorence.it

**** J and J – Via di Mezzo 20 – ph 055.263121; fax 055.240282; E-mail info@jandjhotel.net; www.jandjhotel.com

*** ARIZONA – Via Farini n. 2 – ph. +39.055.245321- fax +39.055.2346130; E-mail info@arizonahotel.it – www.arizonahotel.it

***IL GRANDUCA – Via Pier Capponi 13 – ph. 055.572803; fax 055.579252; E-mail info@ilgranduca.it www.ilgranduca.com (single 55-90, double 80-130 euro). May request kosher breakfast

***LE DUE FONTANE – P.zz SS.Annunziata n.14 – ph. 055.210185; fax 055.294461; E-mail info@leduefontane.it www.leduefonatne.it .(single 104, double 147 euro)

*** LIANA – Via Alfieri 18 – ph. 055.245303; fax 055.2344596; E-mail info@hotelliana.com www.venere.it/firenze/liana

B&B Hotel Capitol Firenze, Viale Giovanni Amendola 34 – 50121 Firenze – Tel.: +39 055 / 2 34 32 01 Fax: +39 055 / 2 34 59 25 – E-mail fi.capitol@hotelbb.com

** VILLA IL CASTAGNO – Via A. del Castagno 31 – 50132 Firenze – tel 055571701 – fax 055572027 – E-mail villailcastagno@virgilio.it – www.hotelvillailcastagno.com

** ARISTON – Via Fiesolana n.40 – ph. +39.055.2476980; fax: 055.2476693; E-mail info@hotelaristonfirenze.it – www.hotelaristonfirenze.it -

** RITA MAJOR – Via della Mattonaia n.43 – ph. +39.055.2477990/91; Fax.+39.055.2478358 E-mail: Info@hotelritamajor.it www.hotelritamajor.it

B&B Il Giardino di Jonah – Via Roncovisi, 75 – Monsummano Alto (PT) – Tel.e Fax 0572/51108 – email: info@giardinodijonah.com

Wedding planner: who will help you arrange your unforgettable wedding day. See: http://www.jewishweddingtuscany.com/index.html

CATERING: VILLA VIVIANI Settignanella srl – Via G.D’Annunzio 230 50135 Firenze – Tel. +39 55 697347 (Stefano) Cell. 0337 685970

E-mail HYPERLINK “mailto:info@villaviviani.it”info@villaviviani.it

Villa Viviani is an ancient villa located on the hill of Settignano, in the neighbourhood of Florence, surrounded by nature and open spaces. It has a fine view over Fiesole and Florence. Its wonderful garden, in perfect italian style, is surrounded by vintage oliven trees

Photographer: PHOTOS RICCARDO LEVI +39.055.212716- casa +39.055.281730

Florist, ROMANO +39.055.575258

OTHER INFORMATION about Jewish Italy see: http://www.moked.it , or you can contact the Community Office directly.

Shalom!

Comunità Ebraica di Firenze