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November 12, 2014

Donors Lead $12-Million Repair of Venice's Jewish Ghetto

A group of philanthropists led by designer Diane von Furstenberg and property investor Joseph Sitt is spearheading a $12-million effort to restore Venice's Jewish Museum and the 16th-century synagogues of the city's Jewish ghetto, The New York Times writes.

The project aims to repair the interconnected buildings of the zone, about the size of a city block, in which all of Venice's Jews were required to live from 1516 to 1797, when the then-republic fell to Napoleon. It will be financed by the Venetian Heritage Council, an international philanthropic group, and is slated for completion in 2016 to mark the ghetto's 500th anniversary.