Above: One of two sixteenth-century Jewish tombstones that have been preserved in the walls of the Loggia del Capitano in the center of Asolo (Treviso province).
According to the JewishEncyclopedia.com, “a Jewish congregation existed [in Asolo] in the middle of the sixteenth century, perhaps even at the end of the fifteenth. In 1547 there were in Asolo 37 Jews, who lived in six houses close together in the center of the town.”
Cantarini, the famous Jewish-Italian family, is believed to have descended from Marco (Mordecai) Cohen, a member of the sixteenth-century community of Jews there.
L’shanah tovah, happy new year, to all of our friends across the world!
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year holiday, begins on Wednesday at sundown.