Italy

In southern Italy, Judaism is dancing back to life

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, September 20, 2012

Night falls at the end of Shabbat in Trani, a historic Adriatic port town in southern Italy.

Outside a 13th-century synagogue, Rabbi Scialom Bahbout holds aloft the Havdalah candle while a happy crowd around him chants the blessings and passes around sprigs of fragrant herbs.

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Revealed: lost Jews of Calabria

By Julie Carbonara, September 13, 2012

As in Spain 500 years ago, southern Italy’s thriving Jewish community was almost completely destroyed by forced mass conversions and emigration.

Although many people lost track of their Jewish past over time, Jewish traditions and customs were passed on to new generations who were often not aware where they had come from.

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Film about Chasidic Jews premieres at Venice Film Festival

By Anna Sheinman, September 4, 2012

“Fill the Void”, a film about the Chasidic Jewish community in Tel Aviv, by Israeli director Rama Burshtein, premiered at Venice Film Festival over the weekend.

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Italian Jewish fury after Yad Vashem changes description of wartime Pope

By Rossella Tercatin, July 19, 2012

A furious debate has broken out in Italy after the decision of Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, to change the captions under the museum’s display on the wartime pope, Pius XII.

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Italian winery denies that it has no room for Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

An Italian winery has furiously denied claims by an Israeli tour operator that it refused bookings for Jewish and Israeli visitors.

A tour operator based in northern Israel contacted the Fattoria Sant'Appiano in Tuscany over the weekend, intending to arrange a visit for some Israeli clients. The winery has a four and a half star average on the travel rating website Trip Advisor.

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Google invests in Mussolini project

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 9, 2012

Google is investing millions of dollars in a YouTube channel dedicated to Benito Mussolini.

Having struck a deal with the Italian government, Google will upload an archive containing 30,000 newsreels and documentaries, many of which glorify Mussolini and his reign.

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Gino Bartali: the Tour de France hero who defied Mussolini

By Simon Round, July 5, 2012

There are plenty of sporting heroes — people who have scored vital last-minute goals, run world records or taken a hatful of wickets. However, Italian cyclist Gino Bartali truly deserves the accolade.

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The Medici Code: tales of medieval daring found in Hebrew manucript

By Jenni Frazer, June 28, 2012

It is a story which out-Dan-Browns Dan Brown, a tale of Italian mediaeval courts, spies, intrigue, and, at its heart, an extraordinary Jewish scholar, Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol.

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The Renaissance manuscript and the 'Hebrew' New World

By Jenni Frazer, June 28, 2012

It is a story which out-Dan-Browns Dan Brown, a tale of Italian mediaeval courts, spies, intrigue, and, at its heart, an extraordinary Jewish scholar, Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol.

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British woman arrested over alleged terror threat to Milan synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

A British woman has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot against an Italian synagogue.

Scotland Yard said the woman, 40, was being questioned over allegations that she was collecting information that could aid terrorism.

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