The menorah exhibition has an important link to the city of Rome as the Menorah became the primary Jewish symbol after the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in the year 70 CE. From that date onward, the menorah has been carved on Titus’s arch in Rome remarking the event in history. Additionally, the menorah was the main symbol of the Jewish State foundation in 1948. The temporary exhibition is divided between the Vatican Museums and Rome’s Hebrew Museum. It is now open to the public and will be featured until August 2017. Visitors will be able to learn more about ancient items throughout history that unite Judaism and Christianity. This wonderful project was partly funded by the California Patrons in support and recognition of the many years of service Father Mark Haydu has dedicated to the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.
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