Beyond Masada / Jewish Italy in Jerusalem
Around the corner from the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall are an 18th-century Italian synagogue and a companion museum.
Hillel Street in downtown Jerusalem may play second fiddle to the more tourist-frequented, parallel Ben-Yehuda Street, with its shops, cafes, and restaurants. But neatly tucked into its northern side is a jewel of a small museum and synagogue. This diminutive complex evokes the atmosphere of the Jewish religious life that evolved over the past two millennia in Italy.