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.


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.


Miracle on the Costa Concordia Shabbat shipwreck

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

A newlywed couple who survived the Costa Concordia shipwreck will give thanks for their narrow escape with a special kiddush at Stanmore Synagogue tomorrow.

Ian and Janice Donoff had just finished the first Friday-night dinner of their honeymoon and were looking forward to Shabbat overlooking the Mediterranean when they heard a crunching noise and the lights on board went out.


Italy antisemitism survey is 'disturbing'

By Benjamin Weinthal, November 3, 2011

Italy's parliament has issued an eye-popping study on the level antisemitism in the country.

According to the report: "Some 44 per cent of the Italian population harbour some prejudice or have a hostile attitude towards Jews."

Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein, chair of the Committee for the Inquiry into Antisemitism, said that the results were "very disturbing" and that it was a "shock for ever


Descendants of forced converts meet for first time

By Nathan Jeffay, September 22, 2011

During the Spanish Inquisition, Sicily's Jews faced the choice of expulsion or conversion.


On this day: A Nazi sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

At the age of 25, in 1944, Josef Scheungraber was a Nazi commander operating in Italy. It was on his orders that the military police massacred 14 people in a quiet Tuscany village. His victims were ordered into a barn and the barn was then blown up.


List of Jewish academics 'to boycott'

By Ilaria Myr, July 28, 2011

An Italian blogger has attempted to start a boycott of 162 Jewish professors.

Blogger Dagoberto Husayn Bellucci, who runs Islam-Italia, an information portal for Italian Muslims, posted a list of names online with the comment: "We invite readers to make a good use of this."


Beach drama as Spielberg sails to Sardinia

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Life may be a beach for Hollywood stars Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow, but that doesn't mean everyone in the sand is happy with them.

According to showbiz magazine Us Weekly, Mr Spielberg was fined more than £150 after he steered his speedboat too near to the Sardinia shore and interrupted a group of sunbathing visitors.


Holocaust survivor who inspired Life is Beautiful mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

The Holocaust survivor whose experience inspired the Academy Award winning film Life is Beautiful has died at the age of 91.

Rubino Romeo Salmoni's memoir of his time in Auschwitz, "In the End, I Beat Hitler," was adapted for the 1997 film, which followed a father and son in the concentration camp.


Nazi soldiers sentenced in Italy for massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Nine former Nazis have been sentenced by an Italian military court for murdering civilians during the Holocaust.

The men, all of whom served as German soldiers, were convicted of killing more than 140 people in a massacre in the northern Italian Apennine mountains region. A further 24 were killed in nearby town.