Photo: Rick Anthony Diaz ©2008

ROY DOLINER has the same sort of bizarre and eclectic background as Michelangelo. His studies include several foreign languages, including Italian, American Sign Language, French, Italian Sign Language, Hebrew, Latin and smatterings of several others. He has also delved into art history, religious history, Western civilization, architectural history, theatre and film. Learning of his Jewish heritage at a later age, he is today a passionate lecturer on Judaism and an eternal student of Torah and Talmud.

In the theatre, Roy's works are all deeply spiritual, leavened with a healthy dose of humor. He has been honored for his play Divine Right, a courtroom drama set in the Inquisition, by both the Jewish Museum of New York and the Center for Jewish History. His comedy Last Words, about the private conversations between G-d and Moses, got rave reviews and broke box office records at the Public Theatre of South Florida. His other plays have been successfully produced in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Rome. He also writes films, both in English and Italian, and has had his work optioned twice in Hollywood. Currently, Roy is writing a new theatre piece for Israel and a new screenplay set in Naples.

Whenever and wherever possible, he transmits his love for the Talmud, as you can see in The Sistine Secrets and even on this website. In Manhattan, Roy founded two different study circles as an outreach to people without a traditional background. He designed a format in which the groups learn Talmud daf l'daf , page by page - but in English, using the excellent bi-lingual Schottenstein series from Mesorah Publications. This format has attracted new students of all ages and backgrounds, who are still devotedly learning after over a decade.

In Rome, Roy founded and still advises the Cultural Association RomeForJews, with its official mission of teaching the Jewish history of Rome and making it accessible to visitors of all backgrounds, supporting Jewish culture and community in Rome, and building bridges of understanding between the faiths. Their website is:

As a docent and historical consultant, he has had the honor of sharing his adopted city with various embassies and ambassadors, journalists, rabbis, priests and other clergy from all over the world (including accompanying rabbis and yeshiva students through the Vatican, and Christians through the Jewish Quarter). He was the Judaic consultant for the film The Nativity Story , the first film in history to have its world premiere at the Vatican.

Most recently, Roy had the honor of taking Gilad Shalit all over Rome.

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