“The Journey Never Ends” workshop (parte prima)

Il corso di formazione “The Journey never ends” sul tema del dialogo interculturale e interreligioso in Europa, primo progetto in Italia di Don Bosco Youth-Net organizzato direttamente dalla nostra associazione TGS e co-finanziato dal Programma Erasmus+, sì è svolto tra Mogliano Veneto e Venezia dal 4 all’11 Agosto 2019 con il patrocinio della Città di Venezia, della Regione del Veneto e del Consiglio d’Europa Ufficio di Venezia.
Ripercorriamo l’esperienza dello scambio giovanile attraverso i materiali prodotti dalle sessioni di workshop a cui hanno preso parte i giovani partecipanti.
Dopo aver ammirato le più belle fotografie scattate nel corso dell’intera settimana trascorsa tra Mogliano e Venezia (vedi precedente post: “The Journey Never Ends” workshop – highlights”), oggi scopriamo qualcosa di più sulla prima visita di studio a Venezia e, più in particolare, sull’incontro con la Comunità Ebraica della città, attraverso un video e un breve testo.

The training course “The Journey never ends”, focused on intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in Europe, was the first Don Bosco Youth-Net project in Italy directly organised by TGS. Co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. It took place in Mogliano Veneto and Venice from 4th to 11 th August 2019 under the patronage of the Town of Venice, Regione Veneto and Council of Europe Office in Venice.
Let’s recall the youth exchange experience through the materials produced by the young participants during the workshop sessions.
After admiring the most beautiful photographs taken during the entire week spent between Mogliano and Venice (see previous post: “The Journey Never Ends” workshop – highlights”), today we discover something more about the first study visit to Venice and, more specifically, about the meeting with the Jewish community of the city, through a video and a short essay.

On Wednesday the 7th of August we visited Venice. The first thing on our schedule was a guided tour through the Jewish Ghetto. After an interesting stroll through the squares which once formed the Old and New Ghetto and a visit at the museum with its beautiful Synagogues, we met Marcella, a captivating woman with a fascinating story. Since our training is about intercultural and interreligious dialogue, we listened and asked some questions concerning this subject.

When the Ghetto opened in the early 16th century, it was the only place where Jews could live in Venice. Despite this oppressing measure, the city kept attracting Jews from all over Europe due to its wealthy economy. This gathering of different cultures (from Italian to Turkish) is still a Jewish trait today and around the world. Also Marcella has an interesting background. Her Spanish, Hungarian and Belgian roots are a good example and end in a strong network of acquaintances in other mainly European Jewish communities. An interesting consequence of this is that in the Venetian community the prayers are read mostly in Spanish, while being in an Italian city. Another interesting example of interculturality in the Venetian community is that, due to the reduction of the Jewish people, kids are now going to regular schools instead of having the separated education they once followed. This makes dialogue with classmates with a different background possible. Not just the youngsters but also adults, even rabbis, are connecting with other cultures and religions. The organisation Dialogo Ebraico Cristiano joins rabbis, priests and imams into discussing from different points of view. In addition, Jews and other Venetians held a festivity where they bake bread together.

Jewish communities aren’t, in other words, the enclosed circle of people we sometimes expect. Surely there are a lot of differences, but the will to build bridges with other beliefs and ways of living is clearly there, many already tiding over the Venetian canals.


Nelle prossime puntate pubblicheremo nuovi TESTI e VIDEO realizzati per raccontare l’esperienza delle altre visite di studio a Venezia: torna a visitare le pagine di questo blog!

In the next episodes we will publish new TEXTS and VIDEOS created to share the experience of more study visits to Venice: come back and visit our blog!

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