Roman Jews fight for ghetto's 'soul'

Area becoming trendy, driving many locals out

Via Portico d’Ottavia, the main street in Rome’s Jewish ghetto, is home to some kosher eateries. In the 1920s and ’30s, residents talked and played on the street as vendors hawked their wares.
By Francis X. Rocca
Globe Correspondent / November 26, 2006

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ROME -- For more than three centuries, the Jews of Rome were kept behind locked gates in the city's Jewish ghetto, treated as pariahs by the Vatican and the majority Catholic population. Today, Jewish community leaders say, their problem is the opposite one, as the neighborhood's few remaining Jewish residents find themselves being driven out. (Full article: 1023 words)

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