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Celebrating 500 Years of Jewish History in a Venetian Palace

The recently opened exhibition ‘Venice, the Jews and Europe 1516-2016,’ is part of dozens of events to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the city’s Jewish Ghetto

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Boutique Italian Museum Explores History of Lecce’s Medieval Jews

Based in the cellar of an ancient synagogue that’s now a bed and breakfast, the recently opened Palazzo Taurino museum even has an old mikveh

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Italian Newspaper Offers ‘Mein Kampf’ as a Free Throw-In, Defends Its Decision

The Jewish community is up in arms, as the editor of ‘Il Giornale’ believes it’s ‘unreasonable to view the decision as a sign of support for Nazism and the movements anti-Jewish policies’

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In Italy, a Unique Connection Between Women and the Torah

Creating special Torah coverings—often from discarded scraps of fabric—has a long history for Italian women

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Finding My Jewish Home—in Rome

A trip to Italy helped me connect to my roots in a way I never had in New York or even Jerusalem. Maybe it’s something in my DNA.

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Ceremony in Venice Marks the 500th Anniversary of the First Jewish Ghetto

‘History is not always a stroll down memory lane’

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Make a Cameo Surrounding Production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’

The Supreme Court Justice will play the role of the judge in a mock trial of Jewish moneylender Shylock in Italy

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The Apostasy of Rabbi Zolli

Right after World War II, the chief rabbi of Rome scandalized fellow Jews by becoming a Christian

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Torah Scroll From 13th Century Is Restored and Returned to Italian Synagogue

The scroll from Biella, Italy, is believed to be the oldest still in use

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Primo Levi’s Unlikely Suicide Haunts His Lasting Work

A monumental new edition of the Auschwitz survivor’s complete writings shows a humanist laboring in the dark

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Israel Touts Agricultural Innovations at World’s Fair in Milan

A dispatch from Italy on Israel National Day

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Who’s Behind Italy’s Rising Anti-Semitism?

Report shows resurgent anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe has many sources

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A Jewish Ghetto Worth Saving

The ghetto that trapped Venice’s Jews is getting a renovation after 500 years

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Umbrian Olive Harvest Needs Hanukkah Miracle

Climate change imperils a Jewish tradition

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Diane Von Furstenberg Restoring Venice Ghetto

Designer launches $12 million preservation project of 500-year-old ghetto

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Italy Now Has a Hotline to Report Anti-Semitism

‘Anti-Semitism Antenna’ will be accessible by phone and online

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By the Arch of Titus: Spending Tisha B’Av in Rome

Tisha B’Av was the first Jewish holiday I learned about growing up in Soviet Ukraine, and I’ve come to observe it in unexpected ways

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Amid Rising Anti-Semitism in Western Europe, Italian Jews Are Staging a Surprising Revival

A strong communal response to a terrorist attack in the 1980s seeded a new generation of dynamic leaders

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Italian Politician’s Primo Levi Parody Panned

Beppe Grillo under fire for anti-government poem based on ‘If This Is a Man’

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Forgotten Stars of the Old New Yorker: Arturo Vivante

A tribute to the great Italian-Jewish memory artist, and enemy of Fascism, who died six years ago this week

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70 Years Later, Memory of Nazi Massacre Still Divides Some Italians—and Unites Others

The victims of the Ardeatine Caves murders included partisans, Jews, and a Sardinian folk star named Gavino De Lunas

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Italy’s Only Female Rabbi Digs Up the Country’s Hidden Jewish Roots

Barbara Aiello has uncovered many Italians’ secret histories. But her methods and theories have won her many detractors.

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A Thanksgiving Pasta Inspired by Roman Jews

Calvin Trillin’s Spaghetti alla Carbonara gets a kosher makeover

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Italian Agriculture Union Offers ‘Hitler Prize’

It’s for ethical treatment of animals. Seriously. (Update: the award is apparently a spoof)

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How To Talk to Your Parents (and Bubbe) About the Pope

With radical views on gays, abortion, and Jews, Francis is modernizing the church. Can we convince our relatives to believe it?

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Italian Company’s Hitler Wine Causing a Stir

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls for boycott of winemaker Vini Lunardelli

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Myth of Italian Oskar Schindler Debunked

Giovanni Palatucci wasn’t a rescuer—he was a Nazi collaborator

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Jewish Centurions vs. Rome

Street performers who pose for tourists by the Colosseum battle city authorities

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Sundown: Obama Throws Brushback Pitch on Syria

Plus a New York socialite gets sentenced and John Malkovich arrives in Israel

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Beppe Grillo, Italy’s Yair Lapid

The powerful Italian comedian-turned-politician is further proof that vacuous celebrity candidates are bad news

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