Elena Lolli

Elena Lolli earned her Joint Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of Bologna and École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL, Paris in 2019. Her doctoral research focused on the Book of the Dead of the Jewish Community of Lugo di Romagna, a work that has been published as a monograph by Giuntina, Florence, in 2020.
Elena Lolli
Elena delves into the exploration of Italian Judaism during the medieval and early modern eras, placing a specific emphasis on manuscript sources that reveal the socio-economic and cultural dimensions of Northern Italian Jewish communities. With a specialization in Pinqasim (Communal registers), she is devoted to unveiling insightful perspectives on the circumstances of these communities through this invaluable material.

Elena has participated in various international research projects, including 'Sofer Mahir: Automatic Transcription of Manuscripts for an Open Source Library of Ancient Rabbinic Compositions' at École Pratique des Hautes Études, and the French-Israeli Project 'Tikkoun Sofrim,' which aims to make Medieval Hebrew manuscripts openly accessible. She is also a Member of the international research program 'Books Within Books: Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries,' focusing on finding, cataloging, and disseminating knowledge about the re-employment of medieval Hebrew manuscripts recovered from book bindings and notarial files. She works on HebrewPal as part of the ERC-Synergy project MiDRASH.

Electronic publications


  • 'Newly Discovered Fragments found in the Choir Books of Saint Dominic’s Monastery Library in Bologna', in: Books Within Books Magazine (https://bwb.hypotheses.org/415).
  • 'Books Within Books General Assembly, June 21-22, 2021. Conference Report', in: Books Within Books Magazine (https://bwb.hypotheses.org/351).


  • ‘The Destruction and Preservation of Hebrew Books’ Virtual International Workshop (15th November 2021). Conference Report, in: Books Within Books Magazine (https://bwb.hypotheses.org/496).
  • 'A Rare Judeo-Italian Ledger of a Jewish Pawnshop in Medieval Bologna (Ms. Oxford, Corpus Christi College Library 469)', in: The Jewish Languages Bookshelf (https://thebookshelf.hypotheses.org/date/2022/01).



  • Il Libro dei morti della Comunità Ebraica di Lugo di Romagna per gli anni 1658-1825. Giuntina, Firenze, 2020.



  • '«Per trarli dalle tenebre dell’ignoranza». Nuovi documenti sulle prediche coatte agli ebrei di Lugo nel Settecento', in: Materia Giudaica, XIX 1-2 (2014), pp. 103-116.
  • 'Vita ebraica a Lugo nei verbali delle sedute consiliari degli anni 1670-1759', in: Materia Giudaica, XIX 1-2 (2014), pp. 455-468.


  • 'Il tragico decesso di due rabbini lughesi nel 1666 Šelomoh Fano e Yosef Yaḥyah', in: Materia Giudaica, XX-XXI (2015-2016), pp. 165-177.


  • 'L’atto di morte del rabbino di Lugo Yiṣḥaq Berekyah da Fano III (1676-1750). Note per una ricostruzione biografica', in: Materia Giudaica, XXII (2017), pp. 151-158.


  • 'The Ḥevrat Gemilut Ḥasadim of Lugo and the death recordings of two distinguished fellows: Rabbis Avraham Dawid and Šelomoh Yaḥyah', in: Materia Giudaica, XXIII (2018), pp. 131-140.


  • '‘A good Wife is a great blessing’. Female portraits through the Lugo di Romagna Jewish Community’s Register of the Dead (1658-1825)', in: Materia Giudaica, XXIV (2019), pp. 99-106.
  • '«I miei occhi piangono lacrime». Nuovi studi sulle fonti interne della Comunità ebraica di Lugo dei secoli XVII-XVIII', in: Romagna Arte e Storia, 112 (2019), pp. 39-52.


  • With D. STOEKL BEN EZRA, B. BROWN-DEVOST, P. JABLONSKI, B. KIESSLING, H. LAPIN. 'BiblIA - a General Model for Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts and an Open Annotated Dataset', in: HIP ’21: The 6th International Workshop on Historical Document Imaging and Processing, Lausanne, Switzerland September 5-6, 2021, Conference Proceedings, Association for Computing Machinery, New York.


  • 'Codicum hebraicorum fragmenta. Nuovi frammenti di manoscritti ebraici medievali provenienti da legature nella Biblioteca del Seminario Vescovile di Asti', in: La Bibliofilia. Rivista di storia del libro e di bibliografia. 2021/I, pp. 179-187.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters


  • 'La casa del rabbino. Momenti di vita ebraica nella Lugo di fine Settecento, «Romagna Arte e Storia»', in: numero monografico, Case, dolci case. Abitare nei borghi e nelle città della Romagna, secc XV-XX, 117 (2020), pp. 55-68.

Other publications


  • With K. TSVI, M. LAVEE, D. STOEKL BEN EZRA, A. OHALI, V. RAZIEL-KRETZMER, U. SCHOR, A. WECKER, P. SIGNORET. 'Tikkoun Sofrim – Combining HTR and Crowdsourcing for Automated Transcription of Hebrew Medieval Manuscripts', Abstract and poster of paper 0568 presented at the Digital Humanities Conference 2019, Utrecht, the Netherlands July 9-12, 2019, DataverseNL.


  • 'Hebrew Manuscripts in the Deconstruction of Racial Narratives. The Earliest Ledger of a Jewish Pawnshop in Italy', in: Sundial. Biannual magazine of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. January 2023, Issue 17, pp. 12-13.