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Archivio Ebraico Terracini

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About us

About us

The Archive

 

The "Archives of the Jewish traditions and customs Benvenuto and Alessandro Terracini" is a center for collecting, cataloging, studying, promoting and developing Piedmont Jewish culture and memory. The association, established almost forty years ago in Turin after a bequest of Benvenuto Terracini linguist, is now an institution which provides valuable documentation to scholars and promotes cultural activities, publication of books, exhibitions and conferences.

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Founded in 1973, as “The  Benvenuto Terracini Archive of  Jewish Traditions and Customs”, its base was a precious legacy of manuscripts and rare editions from the family of the linguist Benvenuto Terracini (1876-1968) and his brother Alexander. It served as the center for  the collecting, cataloging, study and promotion of  the Jewish heritage of Piedmont.

Over the last nearly 40 years the patrimony of the Archives has significantly expanded in size and depth.
Today the Terracini Archive is recognized as an important cultural institution, which not only preserves and enhances its documentary patrimony, but each year also promotes numerous cultural activities: from the publication of books to the organization of exhibitions and conferences, from offering its rich source of documentation on the Jewish history, traditions and customs to scholars for research, to the promotion of new areas of study, with links to Jewish institutions in Italy and abroad.

The Piedmont Region has conferred the title of "Outstanding Regional Institution" to the Archive. The entire collection of documents which is conserved by the archive was formally declared to be "of Extraordinary Historical Interest" by the Italian Ministry of Culture,