Malta’s Jewish history features in global television series

The Jewish History of Magnificent Malta premiered as part of Jewish Life Television’s (JLTV) award-winning global travel series Air Land & Sea.

Hosted by Brad Pomerance, this two-hour program explored the Jewish presence in Malta, which dates to the Roman period.

This episode took the audience on a remarkable journey, uncovering the history of Maltese Jewry, believed to be one of the oldest Jewish communities in the entire world.

“Who knew that the Maltese islands in the middle of the Mediterranean would be so full of Jewish history,” asked Pomerance adding “we were completely blown away to actually see evidence of Jewish life in Malta dating back to the early centuries of the first millennia and so much more. And it was abundantly clear that the Maltese are so proud to showcase and promote this Jewish heritage as part of Malta’s 7,000 years of history.”

Malta Tourism Authority representative for North America Michelle Buttigieg said Malta is proud to introduce this Jewish heritage Malta experience in such depth through the lens of JLTV to its large audience.

In the first episode which will be available to watch live on JLTV ( for channel position) or, Pomerance and his crew explore and uncover some jaw-dropping historical proof of Jewish presence dating back to the turn of the Common Era:

  • St Paul’s Grotto, where Saint Paul was imprisoned in 60 AD prior to his execution in Rome;
  • St Paul’s Catacombs, which offers indisputable evidence of Jewish burials in Malta in the earliest centuries of the Common Era;
  • Comino, where the Pope exiled Rabbi Abraham Abulafia in the 13th century;
  • The medieval city of Mdina, which saw a Jewish community approaching a third of the population in the 1400s;
  • Malta’s cathedral archives, which maintain actual historical documents relating to Jews impacted by Malta’s Roman inquisition;
  • Malta’s national library, which keeps bona fide historical records relating to Jewish enslavement in Malta;
  • Malta’s inquisitor’s palace, which houses an actual inquisition tribunal, inquisition torture chamber, and inquisition prison cells
  • The Jewish sallyport, where Jewish slaves entered after their capture on the high seas
  • Malta’s Jewish cemeteries, including Kalkara Cemetery (1784-1830), Ta’ Braxia Cemetery (1830-1880) and the currently operational Marsa Cemetery.

The production is the result of collaboration between VisitMalta and JLTV.


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