Brenda Lee Bohen is a Latina and proud Veteran of the United States Army Reserves.
She holds dual citizenship in both the United States and Italy. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and Architecture from DePaul University, as well as a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
She has earned her certification in Jewish Leadership at the Spertus Institute in partnership with Northwestern University and continues higher education at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago.
She is also a licensed and accredited tour guide in the Jewish Museum of Rome and the Vatican Museums. As such, she passionately advocates for ongoing productive scholarship concerning the history of the Jews of Rome.
In her volunteer efforts and contributions to articles and blogs, she strives to enlighten others about RomanJewish history by interviewing prominent Jewish scholars from around the world, as well as her fellow tour guides from the community who are familiar with references to her areas of interest in the texts of the Torah, Talmud and Zohar.
These texts along with information and insights from other sources, including new discoveries gained from modern scholarship, contribute to an appreciation of the breadth and depth of Jewish contributions to the city of Rome, a treasured fact often ignored and omitted from our history books and guided tours of the Eternal City.