Israel’s 70th Anniversary: The Contribution of the Italian Jews to the Building of the State


Although not very sizable, the group constituted by Italian Jews – the so called “Italkim” – has always been a fundamental one in Israel. Their aliyah was triggered by ideological and cultural factors and followed political circumstances, namely the enactment of racial laws by the Fascist regime in 1938, the end of WWII and the 1967 Six Days War.

By fusing the cultural heritages of Italy and Israel, Jews of Italian origin decisively contributed to several fields of Israeli life, such as academia, the army, agriculture, culture, the kibbutz, and diplomacy. On the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of Israel, this exhibition aims at remembering and enhancing the Italian contribution to the state.

Museum of Italian Jewish Art
25 Hillel St, Jerusalem