Milan Jewish community celebrates festival at Hanukkah

Milan hosts fourth edition of Jewish in the City.

1-3 Dec. Timed to coincide with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, this year’s edition of Jewish in the City offers three days of theatre, shows, meetings, debates, exhibitions and concerts in locations around Milan.Themed entirely around Jewishness, the festival is by no means exclusive, but addresses the whole city with the rich cultural treasures of the Jewish community. The community is of relatively short history – little more than 150 years,  given the prohibition during the Spanish domination of the city – but of an extraordinary multiethnicity – almost a foretaste of the multi-ethnic composition of today’s milanesi.The festival is inspired by the teaching of Hanukkah, celebrating freedom of the individual and condemning every form of political or religious intolerance. One of the mostly free events in the programme will be the lighting of the first Hanukkah candle by Milan’s chief rabbi, Rav Alfonso Arbib, while another, the closing event of the festival, will be a debate on “stopping hate and lighting up hope”, attended by, among others, Liliana Segre (pictured), Milanese Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and recently nominated life senator.

The full programme of events is on the festival website.