The aim of the Eshkolot's Festival of Jewish Texts and Ideas is to re-read classical ancient and modern books in their original urban context with live commentary from university scholars, as well as to re-interpret the city text of Venice through particular codes of Jewish literature.

How can you navigate Venice against the flow of tourists who have exiled more than half of the city's population in the last few decades? Many hidden passages and blank spots on the map can be discovered by exploring the books written and printed in this city from right to left — in Hebrew, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish.

The festival program includes lectures, reading workshops, thematic field trips and cultural events.