Festival Prayer Book from Corfu
This liturgical manuscript demonstrates the cultural diversity of the Jewish population in 17th-century Corfu. Apart from the Romaniote community, whose members mainly spoke Greek, the island also had an Italian Jewish community and Ladino-speaking Sephardim. This prayer book follows the Corfu rite, a variant of the Romaniote rite (Minhag Romania), and contains extensive instructions in Hebrew. Apart from Hebrew, it also has liturgical texts in Judeo-Greek, and Judeo-Italian. The ownership notes reflect the same cultural diversity, written by members of the Osmo and Gesua families in Hebrew, Italian and Greek.