The National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah - MEIS born with the law of 17 April 2003 n. 91, then amended by law no. 296 of December 27, 2006, "as a witness to the events that have characterized the millennia-old Jewish presence in Italy". This decision recognizes and values the exceptional continuity of a rich, continuous path, but the most unknown, in which the Jews have brought the history and fabric of the country and its traditions an important cultural contribution, including periods of coexistence and fruitful interactions , and other persecution, begin by closing in the ghettos and culminated in the tragedy of the Shoah. In recounting the life experience of an established minority, MEIS is above all a place to meet and exchange. A laboratory of ideas and reflections open to all, that stimulates the debate on Judaism and the value of dialogue between cultures.