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Sicily Gets Its First New Synagogue in 500 Years

By On January 11, 2017

An unlikely thing is happening in Sicily. Over five centuries after the expulsion of the Italian island’s Jewish population, the ancient synagogue in its capital city is re-opening its doors. As of… Read More

What Ever Happened to the Jews of Sicily?
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What Ever Happened to the Jews of Sicily?

By On August 1, 2016

It’s not exactly known when the first Jews arrived in Sicily—some accounts say 1400 years ago, some say 2000; some say as captive slaves after the 1st-century fall of Jerusalem, some say… Read More

Spielberg's Next Film is on this 6-Year-Old Kidnapped by the Church and Raised by the Pope
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This Jewish 6-Year-Old Was Kidnapped Then Raised by the Pope

By On June 28, 2016

One day in June of 1858, a policeman arrived at the home of Momolo and Marianna Mortara in Bologna, Italy, to take away their six-year-old son, Edgardo. The Mortaras were Jewish, but… Read More

How Jews Changed Italian Cooking Forever
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How Jews Changed Italian Cooking Forever

By On August 5, 2015

While living in Spain, this writer presented her Spanish hosts with a cookbook illustrating the Jewish and Arab roots of Andalusian cooking. Particularly in Spain, land of jamón, it can be hard… Read More

The Nobel-Winning Scientist Who Wouldn't Let the Nazis Keep Her Down
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The Nobel-Winning Scientist Who Wouldn’t Let the Nazis Keep Her Down

By On May 15, 2015

Born in Turin, in northwestern Italy, on April 22, 1909, Rita Levi-Montalcini had began her research on nerve cells at the University of Turin. But after being banned from the university in… Read More

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The Simpsons Go to Auschwitz

By On March 11, 2015

SEE MORE OF THE “NEVER AGAIN” GALLERY HERE»»  You may have missed Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo’s work commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. You may be glad you did. For the… Read More

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The Quirky Film That’s Saving an Italian Synagogue

By On April 30, 2014

A new indie Italian comedy will change the way you look at Jewish cemeteries forever—not to mention that boot-shaped country by the sea. Based on a true family story, Felice Nel Box by first-time director Ghila Valabrega begins… Read More

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What Ever Happened to Italy’s Jews?

By On March 10, 2014

We usually think of historical fiction as storytelling that attempts to simulate the events and atmosphere of the past—but what if historical fiction recreated not the past itself, but the historian’s process… Read More

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The Righteous Gentile Who Wasn’t One

By On October 4, 2013

It’s always sad when your hero gets knocked off his pedestal. But it’s shocking when that hero turns out to have a been an enthusiastic Nazi who got falsely credited with saving… Read More

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