The Jewish Community of Bologna celebrated the inauguration of the new “Tempio Piccolo” (small synagogue) on Sunday.
“We have decided to invest our resources and energies in preserving the immense tradition and heritage that is entrusted to Italian Jewry, at the same time by building something new with the perception that we are an active part of society. As historic sites are central to our identity, also contemporary spaces can make us feel deeply rooted in a community, in a culture, and in a lively tradition,” said the president of the Community Daniele De Paz.
The ceremony was attended by many, including many young people.
The synagogue is named after Renzo Yedidià Soliani, who lead the Community in the sixties.
“Inaugurating a new synagogue is in its essence an historic event and a moment of joy, and it is a tangible sign of our desire to look at the future,” commented the president of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities Noemi Di Segni.
Attending the ceremony were, among others, the president of the foundation for the Jewish Cultural Heritage and of the Jewish Community of Turin Dario Disegni, the chief rabbi of Bologna Alberto Sermoneta, rabbis Giuseppe Momigliano, Adolfo Locci, Alberto Somekh, UCEI vice-president Giulio Disegni and board member David Menasci, board members of the Jewish community of Bologna Vittorio Mosseri and Roberto Israel.