New Jewish Center promoted by the Goren Monti Ferrari Foundation

To promote the study andknowledge of Jewishculture by funding academic research, programs, andactivities. This isthe aimof thenew JewishCenter promoted and supported bythe GorenMonti FerrariFoundation in collaborationwith USI (University ofItalian Switzerland) and theFaculty of Theologyof Lugano.The agreementfor theCreation of theCentre was signedon Wednesday,27 January2021 by Prof. Boas Erez, USI Rector, Prof. René Roux, Rector of FTL and Micaela Goren Monti, President of the GMFF. Jewish history, religion andculture have playeda veryimportant role in theformation and development ofmodern thought and even today, inthe lightof theequilibria and socialtransformations taking placein theMediterranean basin, the need to develop knowledge ofthe greatcultural subjects presentin thisgeographical area remainsalive. These arethe premisesthat ledthe GorenMonti FerrariFoundation to promotethe study and knowledge of Jewishculture through thefunding of research,courses, seminars and programs established within theacademic panorama of the University ItalianSwitzerland and theFaculty of Theology of Lugano. The important collaboration between the Foundation, USI and FTL has led to the signing of an agreement for the construction of the new Ferrari Goren Monti Judaica Center, which aims to promote the carrying out of research and teaching activities in relation to Jewish culture with particular attention to the relationship with the territory of the canton of Ticino. In particular, the Foundation intends to promote the A bridge for peace in the Mediterranean Area project - in line with USI's important MEM Freethinking Platform project, to consolidate the dialogue between university and territory as well as the national and international network on the subject. The activities of the new GMF Judaica Center, based within USI on the Lugano Campus, will have the advantage of joining the network of other centers with similar goals that already exist in the Confederation and developing strong links with the centers that the Goren Goldstein Foundation has created in Israel (Ben Gurion University of Negev and Tel Aviv University), in United States (New York University) and with the Institute of Jewish Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin, directed by Prof. Giulio Busi, Member of GMF Judaica Center. According to Micaela GorenMonti, President ofthe Foundation,"the establishment of the Centrewill also be an opportunity to develop afurther historical-sociological strand, linkedto diaspora,memory, citizenship in order to makea fundamental contribution to the construction of a social and organizational fabric capable of experiencing diversity withina frameworkof shared principles andvalues, without, however, erasing theroots ofone's identity".For ProfessorBoas Erez,Rector of USI,"the project allows to structurerealities already presentin theterritory in theform of initiatives that now, thanksto theconvention, are partof apromising reference framework".Representatives for USIand FTLwill followthe projectGiacomo Jori, Professorof Italian Literature atUSI andDeputy Director of the "Journal of Historyand ReligiousLiterature", and MarcelloFidanzio, Professor of the Faculty of Theologyof Lugano,Director of the Institute of Culture andArchaeology of BiblicalLands FTL.For GiacomoJori, thenew Centerof JudaicaGoren MontiFerrari "intensifies the linkbetween the academicinstitutions of theterritory and the Foundation, which since 2016 has been supporting university courses in archaeology, philosophy, law,biblical history, Jewishculture. The signingfor theconvention takes placeon Remembrance Day 2021,in linewith the purpose of the GMFF: To designthe futureso asnot toforget the past.In the 25 years of USI, the Judaica Centre is part ofa seriesof important opportunities for culturaland scientificconsolidation of theUniversity, from the acquisition of the Library ofthe greatscholar Carlo Dionisotti the establishment of the Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Freethinking Platform". "The Judaica Center offers a precious resource for FTL and USI", underlines Marcello Fidanzio, recalling that "thanks to the network of Goren Goldstein study centers present in different universities around the world, the Center for Judaic Studies in Lugano was born with privileged relationships. The creation of the Centre representsan importantstep foracademic activity inTicino which isyoung, dynamic andalso thanksto it willcontinue to grow".

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