Rome, Jewish Festival is back.  Shows, readings and culture on the theme: "Back to Humans"

Now in its fifteenth edition, from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 June 2022, come back Jewish – International Festival of Culture. Promoted by Jewish Community of Rome and edited by Ariela Piattelli, Raffaella Spizzichino and Marco Panella, the festival will enliven the Jewish quarter of Rome with theatrical performances, book presentations and concerts, with Italian and international guests. All events are open to the public and free.

Jewish 2022 puts the person at the center of his reflection. Person understood as an actor of sociality and its movement in a wide system of relationships, from family to affective ones up to working ones. A complex ecosystem, full of emotion and a foundation of personality, characters and life expectations. An ecosystem that the pandemic emergency has put to the test, frayed, not infrequently annihilated. Back to Humans, it is not just the theme chosen by the Festival, but the path we all have before us. A path to be traced looking to the future, giving it shape and quality and the reflection of Jewish 2022.

Back to Humans in fact, it does not just want to tell the need for a return to interpersonal relationships, but it wants to foster awareness of how the expected restoration of sociality must be oriented towards long-dormant qualities such as kindness, patience, listening and dialogue. Never as on this occasion, Back to Humans it’s not just the theme of Jewish 2022, but a challenge that concerns and involves everyone.

Sunday 19 June 2022a preview of the Festival will be held with the Night of the Cabbalà, which will open with the inauguration of the photographic exhibition I’m Barbra, a tribute to the American artist’s career, in which the covers of his albums that made the singer famous all over the world will be exhibited. At 8.30 pm at the Palazzo della Cultura the monologue by Yarona Pinhas, You will love your neighbor as yourselfin which the author, expert and scholar of Cabbalà, will question the theme of love, understood as a process of continuous growth, in the making, a gradual creation which, if not accompanied or badly followed, dies even before being born. .

Silvio Orlando will be the protagonist from 21.30 at the Palazzo della Cultura of the show Gary evening, in which the actor leads us to discover the world of the writer Romain Gary, telling us about his multifaceted identities and how his characters are the mirror of his lived or desired identities. Jewish, born in Vilnius in Lithuania in 1914, Gary very early began to use various pseudonyms, to hide his identity in a historical period in which those who were born Jews risked their lives. He wrote a lot of novels signed with different names, some of which have been adapted for the cinema.

The Cabbalà Night at Palazzo della Cultura will close with the show of the singer and musician Barbara Eramo, who from 10.30 pm will perform in a series of covers that trace the artistic career of Barbra Streisand.

Piazza 16 October will be the backdrop to the monologue Pandemic Referendum written by the journalist of Radio 24 Elisabetta Fiorito and played by the actress Rosaria De Cicco, united by a twenty-year collaboration. The one staged for the Night of the Cabbalàis an autobiographical tale contained in Fiorito’s book, Love and Pandemics. In a comic crescendo, it tells the story of the cut in the number of parliamentarians intertwined with those of a Jewish-Tripolina family preparing for the autumn holidays, Rosh Hashanà, the Jewish New Year, and Yom kippur, the day of atonement.

Tuesday 21 June 2022, Jewish opening day, at the Palazzo della Cultura starting at 8.00 pm Elisabetta Fiorito will be the protagonist together with Rosaria De Cicco of two meetings taken from the cycle Heroines of Liberty. The first, The stake, tells of a Jewish woman who witnessed the burning of Giordano Bruno, the second tells the story of Pacifica Di Castro, locked up in the Catechumenal house in the Monti district in 1695 after her husband converted, but refuses to embrace Christianity even though she knows she can no longer see her children.

The theatrical show will close the evening Job of the director and actor Roberto Anglisani, also hosted at the Palazzo della Cultura at 9.30 pm, based on the book of the same name by Joseph Roth. The show spans thirty years of the life of Mendel Singer’s family, his wife Deborah and his four children. But it also crosses the history of the early twentieth century, from Russia to America, from the Russian-Japanese war to the First World War and beyond. But above all it crosses the heart of Mendel, the stupid teacher of stupid children, devoted to the Lord, and abandoned by the Lord – he believes -.

Wednesday 22nd June the Festival enters into the great reflection on the new working dynamics that between smart working, hybrid work and return to presence, have yet to find a shared balance. With a view to putting the person at the center of his reflection, Jewish 2022 it shifts the gaze not on the way of working, but on its quality. Hence the meeting Happy working, to be held online on the festival’s YouTube channel, which you will see Marco Panella dialogue with Pier Luigi Celliwriter, entrepreneur and former manager of large public and private organizations, Beniamino Bedusa by Happy Place to Work, Fabrizio Iaccarino of Enel e Antonio Liotti by Leonardo.

At 19.00 it will be the turn of the talk We don’t make a fuss. Guys on the Web with the digital entrepreneur and president of the Dreyfus Project Alex Zarfati, the curator of Ebraica Ariela Piattelli, Lorenzo Sciarretta and the psychotherapist Stefano Amati. The meeting is dedicated to investigating how in these two years of pandemic the modalities of interrelationships between young people have profoundly changed. Tablets and smartphones are no longer just entertainment and sharing tools, but an indispensable means of conveying stories, emotions and moods. The meeting focuses on the voices of influencers – indispensable guides to the digital world – and that of high school students – who have paid an extremely high price in relationships due to the pandemic. At the center, the relationship between young people and new media and technology, to understand how virtual reality, metaverse and new languages ​​are not only a risk but above all an opportunity for the evolution of human relationships, in which the development of awareness and critical thinking can and should play a key role.

Elisabetta Fiorito with Rosaria De Cicco they will be protagonists starting from 20.30 of the third and fourth rounds of the cycle Heroines of Liberty, with the monologue dedicated to the life of Rita Levi Montalcini and to follow with the story dedicated to the story of Golda Meir. The theatrical show will close the evening of Wednesday 22 June Mr. Dago Show with Marco Bonini, Eleonora Belcamino and Roberto Colavalle, a musical that tells the story of an Italian Jewish stand-up comedian who, following the proclamation of the racial laws in 1938, loses his family in a fascist ambush. He thus decides to leave our country to move to America, pursuing that American dream that will not prove so easy to reach and not without obstacles.

Thursday 23 June, last day of Ebraica, will see protagonist Francesco Rutelli in a dialogue with Sandro Di Castro, in which he will tell about some itineraries among the beauties of Rome. It starts at 6.15 pm from Piazza in Piscinula, with a walk inside the ancient Jewish quarter (for reservations: centrocultura@romaebraica.it), while from 7.00 pm the two protagonists will move to Palazzo della Cultura, to present Rutelli’s book Walking in Rome.

At 20.00 the Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtierithe director of the Messenger Massimo Martinelli and the tv presenter Mara Venierwill be protagonists of the meeting Rome. Back to the Future. At 9.00 pm there will be a meeting with the writer Matti Friedman, author of the book recently published for Giuntina The song of fire. Leonard Cohen and the incredible 1973 tour in Sinai and the journalist and author Valerio Corzani.

Ebraica closes this year with music, starring with the concert by Gabriele Coenin Trio with Francesco Poeti and Marco Loddo, inspired by the musical production of Leonard Cohen. The project, promoted by Roma Capitale – Department of Culture, is the winner of the Public Notice “Roman Summer 2022” edited by the Department of Cultural Activities and is carried out in collaboration with SIAE.

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